Photo B.A.S.S./Gary Tramontina
The story of the day was stay or go. The field was split on making big runs and staying close. Some stayed close because they feared the fog delay wouldn't allow them to figure the fish out in their far areas. Some made the run knowing their time was short. One nearby area found the top-three anglers in the day-one standings fishing basically right on top of each other all day. And just as the tides came in and out today on the Delta, the tides of fishing seemed to pass from one boat to another.
Aaron Martens of Alabama struck gold first boating a 20-pound, 7-ounce limit. Then it was VanDam's turn with a 19-pound, 3-ounce limit and then late in the afternoon Rook piled on 19 pounds, 6 ounces to take the second place spot. Early in the tournament it looks like their pond is this year's Beezwax Creek. However anglers very close behind in fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh are more spread out and have quality fish to themselves, so if the numbers start to decline in the "hot pond" not far from takeoff, the guys gambling on the big run could be a threat to turn this leaderboard upside down.
We figured everyone would be all over the top guys as far as tournament reports so we spent a lot of time talking to some other guys in the field. Our blogs will follow throughout tonight and tomorrow morning with some of the other guys and how their days went on the Louisiana Delta.
Bobby Lane, Florida - 5th Place, 16-12
Lane made the big gamble and ran to Venice. Because of the fog delay he knew his time would be limited. After a 70-minute delay, he blazed a trail across the Gulf of Mexico to Venice. But because of fog banks down that way he spent about 2 1/2 hours getting to his first spot.
"I heard guys saying the water was high and raising and muddy," Lane said. "I didn't see that at all. I thought the water in my area actually cleaned up a bit and it got lower. In fact the water in one spot got a lot better. The fishing was great. There was a little pressure in my area from other competitors, but not a lot. But the fishing was awesome. I caught 30 or 40 keepers today. I mean it was crazy. At one point it was 10 casts in a row of keepers. Then a little later it was 10 straight flips and I caught keepers. And it feels like this area is replenishing so I think there are enough fish down there to do it again.
"I only had two rods on the deck today. I caught most of my bigger fish on the new Berkley Havoc Craw Fatty flipping it. I also picked up a spinnerbait and caught a lot of fish on that. Tomorrow I'll do the same thing except I'll have four rods on the deck. The same two rods as today and a backup rod for each."
Lane was all smiles at the weigh-in and seemed very relaxed and calm. He obviously would like no fog tomorrow because he'd like a little more time to move around in his areas. But if the fog does cause a delay he's going to do the same thing he did today and make the run and stick with his flipping stick and his spinnerbait.
"I think with the moon and this warmer weather everyday the fishing will remain good where I'm fishing. There are quality fish there and I think there is a chance to have more weight tomorrow."
2011 Classic | Lane's Big Run at the Title
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