More photos of Elites on Day 1 of the Plano Bassmaster Elite on Lake St. Clair.
Catch the action from Lake St. Clair on Day 1 of the final Elite tournament of the regular season.
Elites look for their limits on Lake St. Clair on Day 1 of the Plano Bassmaster Elite on Lake St. Clair.
Some two-year-old memories were rekindled in the BASSTrakk standings at 1:30 p.m. when Aaron Martens and Edwin Evers appeared tied for 19th (later 20th) place with estimated weights of 15-14 each. The last time the Elite Series was here, in 2013, Evers had a 30-point lead over Martens and was heavily favored to close out his first Toyota Angler of the Year title. We all know how that turned out. But a couple of facts bear remembering: – Evers hadn't finished lower than 30th place until the final event;
Day 1 of the Plano Bassmaster Elite at Lake St. Clair gets underway.
What's next for Martens? Will there be two trains on a collision course that only he can get between and divert them with his bare hands? Or an earthquake he can stifle? A hurricane he can send hurling back to the ocean?
Steve Kennedy was the picture of confidence Wednesday after practice, saying, "I know I've got a chance. I like what I've found. I feel like there's the potential for a 25-pound bag."
Morizo Shimizu is away from the crowds, but just a few miles away from where all the action was earlier. Shimizu just hooked up in the rough waves of the Great Lakes. He fought the fish and struggled to get it at the side of the boat for a solid 45 seconds before finally grabbing the big smallmouth. I'd estimate it at close to 4 pounds, maybe 3 3/4. He now has three in the boat. Shimizu told us that he lost two good ones at the boat earlier because of the waves pushing the fish into the boat.
The numeral 50 is much on the minds of many Elite Series anglers this week. If you aren't ranked in the top 50 of the season-long Toyota Angler of the Year points after this tournament, you won't be fishing in the season-ending AOY Championship at Sturgeon Bay in mid-September. Your Elite Series season is over.