Shimizu’s Day 2 action

Follow along with Morizo Shimizu on Day 2 of the Busch Beer Bassmaster Elite at Cayuga Lake as he looks to maintain his lead.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Follow along with Morizo Shimizu on Day 2 of the Busch Beer Bassmaster Elite at Cayuga Lake as he looks to maintain his lead.
Shimizu started his morning just a few miles away from the takeoff site.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Shimizu started his morning just a few miles away from the takeoff site.
Shimizu started fast as he hooked up just 5 minutes into his morning.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Shimizu started fast as he hooked up just 5 minutes into his morning.
He swings aboard a keeper, which wasn't big, but it was a start.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - He swings aboard a keeper, which wasn't big, but it was a start.
He landed this fish before Bassmaster LIVE started.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - He landed this fish before Bassmaster LIVE started.
A few casts later he hooked up with his second fish of the morning.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - A few casts later he hooked up with his second fish of the morning.
He switched up baits numerous times throughout the morning until he narrowed down what baits were going to produce the bigger fish.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - He switched up baits numerous times throughout the morning until he narrowed down what baits were going to produce the bigger fish.
His second keeper of the day was bigger than his first, but still nothing compared to his 23 pound bag he had on Day 1.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - His second keeper of the day was bigger than his first, but still nothing compared to his 23 pound bag he had on Day 1.
Photo: Ronnie Moore
The drone crew showed up and got some aerial footage of Shimizu's morning.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - The drone crew showed up and got some aerial footage of Shimizu's morning.
Shimizu pulled up on a bedding bass and decided to retie and get his setup ready for his attempt.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Shimizu pulled up on a bedding bass and decided to retie and get his setup ready for his attempt.
Terry Scroggins rolls up in the vicinity and begins his day on Cayuga.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Terry Scroggins rolls up in the vicinity and begins his day on Cayuga.
Shimizu sets up and flips toward the bedding fish.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Shimizu sets up and flips toward the bedding fish.
After 10 minutes of persistence he hooked up.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - After 10 minutes of persistence he hooked up.
The fish surges to the surface near the trolling motor.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - The fish surges to the surface near the trolling motor.
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He keeps the fish from jumping completely out of the water and gets ready to land the big largemouth.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - He keeps the fish from jumping completely out of the water and gets ready to land the big largemouth.
That is the kind Shimizu is looking for on Day 2.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - That is the kind Shimizu is looking for on Day 2.
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He was pleased that his first quality fish of the day came before 7 a.m.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - He was pleased that his first quality fish of the day came before 7 a.m.
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Shimizu said he caught bigger fish in the afternoon yesterday, so a big morning bite is a plus.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Shimizu said he caught bigger fish in the afternoon yesterday, so a big morning bite is a plus.
Even with other anglers in the vicinity, Shimizu carved out enough room to catch plenty of fish.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Even with other anglers in the vicinity, Shimizu carved out enough room to catch plenty of fish.
With Terry Scroggins watching from afar, Shimizu fights the fish to the boat.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - With Terry Scroggins watching from afar, Shimizu fights the fish to the boat.
He goes over the side of the boat to try and grab keeper number four.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - He goes over the side of the boat to try and grab keeper number four.
Got it along with a handful of grass.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Got it along with a handful of grass.
The fast start has yielded four keepers and now he needs just one more to fill his limit.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - The fast start has yielded four keepers and now he needs just one more to fill his limit.
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Chris Lane fished nearby for a moment, but asked where Shimizu was fishing so he didn't get in his way.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Chris Lane fished nearby for a moment, but asked where Shimizu was fishing so he didn't get in his way.
Within a couple blinks of my eye, Shimizu was hooked up again. This one seemed to be a little heftier.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Within a couple blinks of my eye, Shimizu was hooked up again. This one seemed to be a little heftier.
The fish jumps towards the boat as he tries to keep it down.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - The fish jumps towards the boat as he tries to keep it down.
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This is his fifth keeper of the morning and he has caught them with three different baits thus far.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - This is his fifth keeper of the morning and he has caught them with three different baits thus far.
This one is definitely worthy of a boat ride if Shimizu can keep it hooked up.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - This one is definitely worthy of a boat ride if Shimizu can keep it hooked up.
He lays down on the front deck to grab the solid largemouth.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - He lays down on the front deck to grab the solid largemouth.
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Shimizu brings it over the rub rail and into the boat. In a matter of 30 minutes he launched and landed a limit of bass.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Shimizu brings it over the rub rail and into the boat. In a matter of 30 minutes he launched and landed a limit of bass.
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He was jacked up about this fish.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - He was jacked up about this fish.
Photo: Ronnie Moore
Before sliding it in the livewell he flashes the fish our way.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Before sliding it in the livewell he flashes the fish our way.
Then he fist bumps cameraman Eric Kaffka.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Then he fist bumps cameraman Eric Kaffka.
Bassmaster LIVE was underway, but Shimizu was already eyeing his first cull of the day.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Bassmaster LIVE was underway, but Shimizu was already eyeing his first cull of the day.
This one will certainly get rid of one his small keepers earlier in the day.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - This one will certainly get rid of one his small keepers earlier in the day.
He finishes the cull and gets back to work.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - He finishes the cull and gets back to work.
Shimizu went back to fishing...I mean catching. They were fast and furious for a while.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Shimizu went back to fishing...I mean catching. They were fast and furious for a while.
Another chunky fish for Shimizu.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Another chunky fish for Shimizu.
Shimizu barely moved his boat 50 yards during the morning flurry. He had his first spot dialed in.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Shimizu barely moved his boat 50 yards during the morning flurry. He had his first spot dialed in.
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After mixing up tactics for a good portion of his early limit, he began to stick with his moving bait, which was putting them in the boat.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - After mixing up tactics for a good portion of his early limit, he began to stick with his moving bait, which was putting them in the boat.
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Shimizu keeps it hooked up as he inched closer to grabbing the next fish.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Shimizu keeps it hooked up as he inched closer to grabbing the next fish.
Got it...and it's a good one to boot.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Got it...and it's a good one to boot.
Shimizu is very pleased with this fish.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Shimizu is very pleased with this fish.
His bubbly personality and smile were on full display as he was having fun reeling in fish after fish.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - His bubbly personality and smile were on full display as he was having fun reeling in fish after fish.
Photo: Ronnie Moore
Another cast equals another catch for the Japanese angler.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Another cast equals another catch for the Japanese angler.
This time it was a chain pickerel that Shimizu unhooked and released immediately.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - This time it was a chain pickerel that Shimizu unhooked and released immediately.
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After a very productive 90 minutes to start the day he headed to spot number two.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - After a very productive 90 minutes to start the day he headed to spot number two.
When I arrived at his next spot he was already unhooking a fish he just caught.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - When I arrived at his next spot he was already unhooking a fish he just caught.
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This one culled for Shimizu.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - This one culled for Shimizu.
Here he made numerous casts in this area looking for the concentration of fish.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Here he made numerous casts in this area looking for the concentration of fish.
Photo: Ronnie Moore
This is the area where he did the majority of his big fish work on Day 1 when he took the lead.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - This is the area where he did the majority of his big fish work on Day 1 when he took the lead.
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Day 2 was a different story as he would upgrade, but they were slight and all the similar size.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Day 2 was a different story as he would upgrade, but they were slight and all the similar size.
This one didn't help at all so he shows it off before releasing it.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - This one didn't help at all so he shows it off before releasing it.
Shimizu was in a good position with over 23 pounds on Day 1, but if he wanted to keep his lead he needed to continue to upgrade because Cayuga has been very good this week.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Shimizu was in a good position with over 23 pounds on Day 1, but if he wanted to keep his lead he needed to continue to upgrade because Cayuga has been very good this week.
Photo: Ronnie Moore
On Day 2 Shimizu dialed in some of his pattern and was able to get more bites, but he didn't find
Photo: Ronnie Moore - On Day 2 Shimizu dialed in some of his pattern and was able to get more bites, but he didn't find "Big Mama" yet.
He swings in another fish.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - He swings in another fish.
Another one that wouldn't help him.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - Another one that wouldn't help him.
He weighed 16-10 on Day 2, but only fell to 3rd, just 8 ounces behind Jordan Lee. He is one of three anglers to have over 40 pounds after two days on Cayuga. With two more days to go, Shimizu is in a good position as we hit the weekend.
Photo: Ronnie Moore - He weighed 16-10 on Day 2, but only fell to 3rd, just 8 ounces behind Jordan Lee. He is one of three anglers to have over 40 pounds after two days on Cayuga. With two more days to go, Shimizu is in a good position as we hit the weekend.