Mike Iaconelli has two bass in his livewell for about 7 pounds 8 ounces. He's north of Sturgeon Bay in Ephraim Bay fishing a tapering point with some big boulders. Our driver, Chris Johnson, who's a native of the area, called it a very good spot. Iaconelli believes he needs 13 pounds today to make the Classic. "Three more fish, 2 pounds each?" He said. "Is that too much to ask?"
If you're watching Bassmaster LIVE this morning, and you've seen the replays of Mike Iaconelli catching his first two bass of the day, you'll understand why Ike has a reputation for "big-eyeing" his fish. The first one he caught? "Five-pounder!" Iaconelli says, more than once. The second one? "Four-pounder!"
PMA stands for Positive Mental Attitude – a motto that consistently carries bass fishing’s funniest angler to a Bassmaster Classic qualification each year, and to remain humorous even amid life’s biggest frowns.
The word 'anticlimactic' has been tossed around quite a bit here this week. Partly because Aaron Martens dominated the entire Elite field to the point he had already won AOY before the Toyota Angler of the Year Championship Week had even begun. Another 'anticlimactic' complaint is the lack of focus on the actual winner of this week's event. Whoever catches the most weight this week against the 50 best anglers in the world will have accomplished a huge feat.
Justin Lucas needs to keep an eye on Edwin Evers if he wants to stay in second place in the AOY standings for the 2015 season. And, if you look at the BASSTrakk map, Lucas might be able to do just that. Both anglers are in the Egg Harbor area.
The AOY Championship battle for second place has been a point of interest this week, with Aaron Martens having already clinched the title. Dean Rojas and Justin Lucas have had the best years of their careers, which is more significant for the 44-year-old Rojas than it is for the 29-year-old Lucas.
Mike Iaconelli caught a 4 1/2-pounder at 8:20 and a 3-pounder at 8:42 this morning, giving him two good fish in the livewell early on Day 3. That was the magic salve on Day 2 for Iaconelli's mental wounds that occurred on Day 1. "Having two early in the morning," Iaconelli said Friday, when asked the difference between his 11-7, 4-bass bag the day before and his limit weighing 16-10 that day. "The first day I was stressed out. I'm looking at my watch. I'm already two hours behind."
After Day 2 of the Toyota AOY Championship, Mark Davis sat in 38th place in the AOY leaderboard. He needs to have a good day today to make the 2016 Classic. He's off to a very good start. Three fish in the livewell and BASSTrakk shows him with 6 pounds, 10 ounces. Making the Classic would be quite an accomplishment for Davis. He had shoulder surgery in the offseason. And my impression is it took him several events before he got better.