Away goes Iaconelli. We've made the long run north and now we're idling through a stump field to reach Ike's shallow area up here. This is our team's first foray into this part of the lake. Our question about Ike's criteria for making this run have been answered: two fish, even with one of those approaching double digits, wasn't enough to keep Ike on the lower-lake offshore pattern.
With the media boat along side, Jordan sinks the hook of his "home-made" football jig. Slow and steady he says is the key to success. I must agree. It's "Hammer Time" at The Classic!
Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Joe McElroy
I'm not sure if he has answered the questions from my last post, but Iaconelli has made his biggest move so far today. He ran north and entered Lewis Creek. He's fishing close to the bank and hitting docks and seawalls on secondary points, which we figure is the first place spawners stop on their way out of the shallow pockets and canals.
Ehrler caught key fish yesterday on a vibrating jig but today it has yet to produce. Here's the one he's throwing, with a Yamamoto Zako, developed by Brett Hite, on the back.
Iaconelli told me this morning that he'd leave the lower-lake area and head north to fish shallow water around 10 am if his offshore pattern wasn't producing by this time. Well, it's past 10 and the current pattern has given him a nearly 10-pounder and another keeper but Ike still hasn't filled a limit. So I'm wondering what's going through his head now as he tries to make the decision on whether to stay or go. Is the big fish enough to make him stay in the lower lake? Or is the lack of a limit enough to spur a move northward? I'm guessing we'll have an answer to those questions pretty soon.
Edwin Evers continues throwing a spinnerbait along seawalls. He still has just one keeper in his livewell, which he caught about an hour ago. "I'm getting all the bites you could want, but I'm not able to catch em," he said with a tinge of frustration. Nearby spectators talking among themselves suggested quietly he change colors. Everybody
is a backseat driver, right?
Mike Iaconelli rolled through the area and fished for a few minutes just 50 feet from Evers. But it was a tale of two techniques. With Evers fishing the bank, and Iaconelli fishing deeper in about 15 feet of water.
After posting up for nearly an hour at the place where he caught his big bass, Iaconelli hasn't stayed in one place longer than about 10 minutes since then. Right now we're within a stone's throw of takeoff. Although Ike has the giant fish and another solid keeper, he's still looking for a limit.