We’ve settled down on Paul Mueller who’s got three fish for roughly 13 pounds. We’re just north of North Sauty Creek on the east side of the river. He chunking a lipless crankbait and a ChatterBait style bladed jig. I was talking to Paul this morning on the dock and he’s the picture of composure, and for good reason. “I’m just going to go out there today and do what I can do,” he said. “God is my backbone, and I’ve got to say, I’m not nervous at all. Whatever happens is in His hands.”
Though he — and I — thought he’d have a pile of boats following him, there are just four of us. We darn near got swamped as Evers’ and Tharp’s army of observers charged past this morning, but Paul’s got five boats watching. The trouble, though, is that Mueller is fishing along the shallow flat that lies between the two river channels. Boats are tearing by him in the east channel, despite the observers’ best efforts to divert them. The commotion is creating bad wakes and tearing up his spot.
In case you didn’t know, Mueller is a full-time guide on Connecticut’s Candlewood Lake, possibly the best bass lake in Connecticut. Also worthy of note is the fact that this year is the 20th anniversary of the B.A.S.S. Nation’s only Classic win; Brian Kerchal won the trophy that year. For another Nation guy to win would be a boon to the program, but for another Connecticut angler to win would be outstanding.