Todd Faircloth always has a serious demeanor, but surely he's smiling right now. We pulled up on him just a few minutes ago and already he's caught two keepers, including one weighing more than 2 pounds. The first, which we estimated to be 1 1/2 pounds, he summarily tossed overboard. Surely he can't be culling. It may have been the wrong species -- some of the pros have been catching big perch and sheepshead amongst their bass.
Faircloth appears to be fishing a jerkbait. We know he's over a grassline in the northwest section of Oneida Lake. When I chatted with him before launch this morning, he said everything is going according to plan. Except he didn't plan for Brent Chapman, whom he's chasing for Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year, to catch 16 pounds, 12 ounces yesterday. "I exceeded my expectations," said Faircloth, who sits in 22nd place with 14 pounds, 5 oundes. "I thought I had a good catch, but Brent had a great one."