The unwritten rules of bass fishing etiquette reared their vague heads during Day 2 of the Huk Performance Fishing Bassmaster Elite at Winyah Bay presented by GoRVing.
There’s conceived conventions in bass fishing that an angler doesn’t infringe on the event leader’s spot, but that’s apparently hazy when the other angler had fished there, too. It’s exactly what occurred Friday.
Carl Jocumsen and Boyd Duckett were in close proximity on Day 1 but fished to varying success. While the Australian caught two large fish in his 19-pound, 11-ounce sack that led, Duckett was mired in 63rd with only 7-3.
With an earlier launch time Friday, Duckett was first to the spot and Jocumsen arrived some 20 minutes later. Both fished the area in the Cooper River throughout the morning, again to varying success, although reversed.
Many viewers on the Bassmaster LIVE chatroom were of the opinion that Duckett should not have fished the area of the leader. Others thought that since both fished it Thursday, it was fair game for Duckett to again ply the waters.
Their fortunes changed Friday. Duckett weighed in 14-5 to climb into 13th, while Jocumsen had only one fish and fell to 16th.
At the weigh-in, Jocumsen kept his head up and said he will fight on, putting his bad day behind him.
“That’s fishing. That’s what we do,” he said. “You gotta take the good with the bad. Yesterday, I had a dream day. Today, things didn’t work out. I had opportunity to have probably 10 pounds, which would have had me up there.”
That’s pretty classy, and the young angler says he’s gaining experience.
“It’s all a massive learning curve for me. Yesterday I led an event for the first time against the Elites,” he said. “That was a big growing point for me. Just getting the confidence.
“I’m not complaining. I’m going to be fishing tomorrow. Where I’m fishing, anything can happen. I can bring in another 20-pound bag and I’m right there. I’m staying fully positive. I had Bassmaster LIVE on me today, had the Aussie support and the U.S. support. The Aussies were up all night, so sorry I had a tough day, but I’ll make a comeback tomorrow and make the 12 cut.”
DAVY HITE GROUNDED IN SENSE OF HUMOR
The video opened with a tight shot of mud-covered socks. Davy Hite explained his “mud feet” by saying a shortcut didn’t quite work out.
Hite apparently got caught in the outgoing tide as he ran in through a mud flat, but couldn’t get out. He was stuck around 2:30 p.m. in Charleston Harbor when he should have been running back to the check-in site.
He tried getting out to turn the boat, but to no avail. All he could do, after getting his socks caked in the pluff mud, was wait for the tide to come up. He said on the video he’d see us at the weigh-in, but that was wrong. He missed it, finishing 104th. The tide began coming up around 4 and he was freed near 6:30 p.m. and made it back to the ramp before sundown.
While that wasn’t very funny, Hite’s quick update video was -- he offered a snappy answer to a dumb question from some passersby.
“We had some fellas come by little while ago. ‘How did you all get back up on that island like that?’ And I said, ‘Backed up, hell. We came from the other side.’”
Sometimes you just have to laugh to keep from crying. Cry and laugh with Davy here.