Keep an eye on Lowen early

Bill Lowen missed his window of opportunity yesterday. A trolling motor malfunction sent him back to the service yard after he was halfway to his Seneca River sweet spot.

"I got about an hour-and-a-half late start," Lowen said. "I've been catching most of my big fish in that first hour of the morning when I've got low light, and I missed that window. Every morning I've had my limit by about 9:30. When I got up there (Saturday) I started fishing about 8:45. On about my fourth cast I caught a 3 1/2-pounder, and I'm thinking, boy, I just missed my window."

Lowen salvaged the day with 14-14 and began today in fifth place, 6 pounds, 5 ounces behind leader Brandon Cobb. Lowen has been taking a different approach than the other nine finalists today. He's been way up the river, covering a lot of shallow water with a 1/4-ounce swim jig and a 1/4-ounce buzzbait.

"That's the one-two punch, and we're going to go down swinging," he said. "It's either going to be really good or really bad."

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