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128 photos from Day 1

Aug 27, 2015

More photos of Elites on Day 1 of the Plano Bassmaster Elite on Lake St. Clair.

More Day 1 on Lake St. Clair

Aug 27, 2015

Catch the action from Lake St. Clair on Day 1 of the final Elite tournament of the regular season.

Day 1 on Lake St. Clair

Aug 27, 2015

Elites look for their limits on Lake St. Clair on Day 1 of the Plano Bassmaster Elite on Lake St. Clair.

Deja vu in BASSTrakk standings

Aug 27, 2015

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 on Lake St Clair

Aug 27, 2015

Day 1 of the Plano Bassmaster Elite at Lake St. Clair gets underway.

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Aaron Martens!

Aug 27, 2015

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?

Kennedy continues his climb from the depths

Aug 27, 2015

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."  

Away from the crowds

Aug 27, 2015

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.  

A limit for Feider

Aug 27, 2015

 

The magic number is 50 this week

Aug 27, 2015

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.