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Roark on a roll

Roark on a roll

By Andy Crawford

Josh Roark has climbed to the top of the leader board on Championship Saturday, with BASSTrakk showing him as the only anger with a limit halfway through the day.He’s at about 11 1/2 pounds, and he...

Storms setting in

Storms setting in

By Andy Crawford

I’m currently hunkered under a boathouse with rains hammering the lake - and thunder rumbling around us. We were following Joey Nania, who shows in third place in BASSTrakk, but he disappeared...

Kimura on the board

Kimura on the board

By Andy Crawford

Kenta Kimura, who started today in second, just landed his first fish of the day. It wasn’t a giant, but the little bass broke the ice on Kimura’s second stop. The catch should move him...

Yelas in the fast lane

Yelas in the fast lane

By Andy Crawford

Jay Yelas apparently has chosen to fish in Anchor Bay’s fast lane: He’s has two cigarette boat run barely more than a cast away from his front deck. One of the boaters ran past, circled around...

Yelas' boat flip

Yelas' boat flip

By Andy Crawford

Jay Yelas is in Anchor Bay, fan casting in 4 to 5 feet of water - and he just boat flipped a 4 1/2-pounder.He caught the fish on a ChatterBait.My boater, Jerry Doucette, said the flat is covered...

Whitaker limits

Whitaker limits

By Andy Crawford

Jake Whitaker just boxed his fifth bass, giving him about 15 pounds.“I have two little ones - just keepers,” he said.He has spent the entire event bouncing back and forth between two St. Clair...

Whitaker all smiles

Whitaker all smiles

By Andy Crawford

We pulled up on Jake Whitaker, and within minutes the angler’s rod was bent on what proved to be a 3 1/1- to 4-pounder.He added that smallmouth to a livewell already holding one 4-pounder and a...

Cox hates the lake

Cox hates the lake

By Andy Crawford

John Cox told me yesterday after the weigh-in that he was considering starting Championship Sunday on Lake Sr. Clair. But he also said he didn’t want to.“I would rather not catch fish than fish in...

Hollen's big cull

Hollen's big cull

By Andy Crawford

Cody Hollen has been bobbing around in Anchor Bay, dragging a drop shot rig in a lake chopped up with boat traffic. BASSTrakk showed him with an estimated 18-8 when we arrived, and he just...

Slow going for Cox

Slow going for Cox

By Andy Crawford

Day 2 leader John Cox hasn’t set the world on fire this morning.He’s caught four fish, but only two have been keepers. And they weren’t the big smallmouth he needs to maintain his lead.The largest...

Cox limits

Cox limits

By Andy Crawford

John Cox just put his fifth bass in the livewell, and it was a fish that put a smile on his face.“Finally,” he said, after scooping the 4-pounder.That puts his total at 14 or 15 pounds - a great...

That’s more like it

That’s more like it

By Andy Crawford

John Cox just put his second bass in the livewell, and this one has more heft.The 3 1/2-pounder brings his current total to about 5 pounds, so he’s got plenty of work to do.But at least he knows...

Cox on the board

Cox on the board

By Andy Crawford

John Cox has caught two smallmouth already, but only one was a keeper.The fish isn’t what he’s looking for, putting just 1 1/2 pounds on the board.He’s working a drop shot along sea walls and in...

Cox’s dilemma

Cox’s dilemma

By Andy Crawford

We pulled up to John Cox to see him wrestling with a bass.He soon hoisted what turned out to be his second 5-pounder.The catch has the angler in a bit of a quandary.“I don’t know if I should keep...

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