DRAGONFLY - RAYMARINE

MARK DAVIS LEADS IN DETROIT AFTER DAY TWO

Posted by Z3 MEDIA TEAM on 08/23/2013

Story by Matt Pangrac and Dave Rush - Photos by Dave Rush

Detroit, MI -   Oklahoma’s Edwin Evers entered Friday on the Detroit River in need of a serious comeback effort to save his hopes of a Toyota Angler Of the Year title.   On Thursday, Evers finished the day in 79th place and lost his TAOY lead to Aaron Martens, who finished the first day in 3rd place.  

Friday started slow for Evers, but he wasn’t about to go down without a fight.  Making a mid morning adjustment, the Oklahoma pro turned in a respectable performance of 17-0 for a two day total weight of 30-1.  With Martens seemingly on cruise control, Evers best chance to regain the TAOY lead that he held for a good portion of the season was to sneak inside the top 50 cut and live to fight another day.  

It wasn’t to be, as Evers finished in 54th place, 8 ounces outside the cut.  Martens moved into 2nd place on Friday, and now controls his own destiny.  With a 21nd place finish or better, Martens will earn the second TAOY title of his career.   It’s a fact that Martens didn’t want to talk or even think  about following the day two weigh-in.

“I don’t want to think about it.  I know that I keep saying that, but I really don’t want to think about it.  I don’t want to think about the AOY because it’s out of my hands.  There’s nothing that I can do about it except focus on the tournament and focus on the fishing.”

Evers, who can do nothing but watch and wait for the weekend outcome, was equally tight-lipped about the TAOY race that is now controlled by Martens.  “I went back out to the same area and tried to find the same groups of fish that I found in practice, and I never did find them,” he explained. “I don’t know what happened to them.  I went up the river and caught all my weight off one little schooling spot that I found in practice.  I just really stubbed my toe bad yesterday.” 

In the actual tournament, Friday belonged to Mark Davis, who, despite a lack of experience on the big water of Lake Erie, bested the field with a limit weighing 20-10 on Friday to finish in 1st place with a total weight of 20-10.

After opening the tournament in 3rd place, Aaron Martens moved into 2nd with a limit weighing 19-9 on Friday for a two day total weight of 41-7.  Like Davis, Martens is making the long run to Lake Erie each day to target offshore smallmouth.  

3rd place on Friday belonged to big water drop-shot expert Kota Kiriyama, who backed up an opening round effort of 20-7 with another 20-0 on Friday to finish with 40-7.  Day one leader, Chris Lane, slipped to 4th on Friday with a limit weighing 17-1, and Keith Combs continued his impressive 2013 campaign by finishing the day in 5th place with 39-10 after weighing-in 19-6 on Friday.  

The 5 Day Two Facts from the Detroit River:
Tournament: Bassmaster Elite Series (August 22-25)
Location:  Lake St. Clair/Detroit River – Detroit, Michigan    
Leader/weight:  Mark Davis (22-1, 20-10: 42-11)
50th place weight: Andy Montgomery (30-9)
Total weight separating 1st place from 12th place: 7-2

1st Place: Mark Davis (22-1, 20-10: 42-11)
What were your expectations heading into the day?
“I had a lot of doubt running down the river this morning.  When I got out in the lake, the wind was blowing hard and it changed directions.  Today was probably only the sixth day in my life that I’ve fished on Erie, so I don’t have a lot of experience out there.  You worry about how rough it’s going to get and if you’re going to be able to fish when you get there.  You don’t know what the wind direction is going to do and there’s an algae bloom going on, so a lot of things can trip you up.”

How would you summarize your day as a whole? 
“I caught a limit pretty quick today.  I really thought coming in that if you could catch over 20 pounds a day you could win the tournament.  I did that today, so everything was good.  I’m ‘all in’ with what I’m doing and it’s the only thing that I have going.  I was sort of between a rock and a hard place coming into this tournament trying to make the Classic.  When I found those fish in practice, I knew that all my eggs were in that basket.

“There aren’t any other tournament competitors out there, but some locals fished circles around me today and they couldn’t catch them, so the technique that I’m using is important.  When the smallmouth are biting, they’re the easiest fish in the world to catch.  When the smallmouth aren’t biting, they’re probably the toughest fish in the world to catch.  I really didn’t have it figured out very well yesterday, so that was a curve ball.  I figured it out a little bit better today I think.” 

Was there a key moment for you during the day?
“There really wasn’t a key moment today other than getting back (to weigh-in).  Yesterday, I said a prayer with 15 minutes to go and I caught a 4 pounder.  Today, it was just one of those days where there wasn’t a key moment involved.  I was just glad to get back and see that check-in boat.”

What was the most challenging/surprising aspect of your day?
“Just making the run and getting there and back in at the end of the day.”

How would you assess your decision making and execution on the water?
 “I lost one huge fish, but you’re not going to catch all of them.  Even though we are supposed to get all of them in, you just don’t with these huge smallmouth. The fish bit on the (bait) sink today, and it was a 6+ pounder.  I lost a 5+ and a 4+ yesterday, and that’s just the way that it is.”

2nd Place: Aaron Martens (21-14, 19-9: 41-7)
What were your expectations heading into the day?
“I had such a good practice and there were so many fish in the areas where I was that I figured it would be pretty good.  I also didn’t I didn’t fish all the spots yesterday.  I was a little concerned though, because the wind shifted and was blowing out of the opposite direction.  Where I’m fishing, there’s about 30 miles of lake for the wind to build up the waves. 

How would you summarize your day as a whole? 
“It wasn’t nearly as good today, and I’m afraid that the bait moved.  I didn’t want things to change much, because it was incredible yesterday.  After the fish leave, I’m not sure where they go because there’s not much else around there within miles.  I only caught eight or nine keepers today. I was able to fish for about five hours and I caught a limit pretty quickly, but it was a grind after that.” 

Was there a key moment for you during the day?
“I don’t know if I had any key moments today.  I had to get gas today, so I guess it would be making it back.”

What was the most challenging/surprising aspect of your day?
“Trying to find the bait and the activity was really hard.  There were a lot of really good places that I went today that didn’t have any fish and there was just nothing at all on the graph.” 

How would you assess your decision making and execution on the water?
“I missed quite a few bites, so there are still fish there – I just missed them.” 

3rd Place: Kota Kiriyama (20-7, 20-0: 40-7)
What were your expectations heading into the day?
"My expectations were good headed into the day.  I know where the fish live, it is just a matter of me making them bite."

How would you summarize your day as a whole?
"Today was very difficult for me.  I lost some really good fish, and ended up having to weigh a small one that really hurt me.  I should have had around 22 to 23 lbs if everything would have gone well.  The conditions were much better for making the run that I have been making, but I still didn't make it to my best area.  I concentrated on catching better fish, so I am not catching that many keepers but the quality is there." 

Was there a key moment for you during the day?
"Maintaining my patience was the biggest key to my day.  I just have to go out there and do my deal and things should work out."

What was the most challenging/surprising aspect of your day?
"The fish moved a little bit today and I had to relocate them.  That is just how they are here, everyday you have to make the right adjustments to keep catching them."

How would you assess your decision making and execution on the water?
"I lost a few key fish that would have really helped me.  I also spent some time fishing at a spot where I didn't catch them and it kept me from being able to run as far as I may have otherwise."

4th Place: Chris Lane (22-9, 17-1: 39-10)
What were your expectations heading into the day?
"I was hoping to have another good day out there.  I got off to a good start today, but the wind was blowing and the fish were positioned a lot different and I didn't make the right adjustments on my main spot."

How would you summarize your day as a whole?
"Today was a little bit different for me.  I think I felt a little pressure being in the lead, and my inexperience as a smallmouth fisherman caught up with me a little bit.  I could see the fish out there, but couldn't catch them so I got a little anxious.  It started out good with catching the big fish, but I got a little too amped up and didn't fish as patiently as I should have."

Was there a key moment for you during the day?
"The key moment of my day was catching that big one, but it really ended up putting me in the mindset that I had to win this thing which ended up hurting me."

What was the most challenging/surprising aspect of your day?
"I wasn't seeing all of the bait on my graph, and knowing the type of fish that lived on my spot but not being able to catch them was frustrating.  Yesterday I was able to catch my limit early, but today I wasn't able to do that."

How would you assess your decision making and execution on the water?
"I really think I just got impatient today.  The fish were more up on top today and I threw a jerkbait some, but probably just didn't stick with it long enough.  Tomorrow I am just going to stick with my spot and soak and drag my bait all day and try to catch 5 of those big ones."

5th Place: Keith Combs (20-4, 19-6: 39-10)
What were your expectations heading into the day?
"My expectations were high heading into today.  I have been hunting and pecking around all week and stopped on a little spot late yesterday and caught them, so I was hoping they would be there again."

How would you summarize your day as a whole?
"I had plenty of time to fish today, and caught a small limit really quickly.  As the day progressed they gradually got bigger and at the end of the day I was able to cull with a 4 pound fish.  That let me get rid of a smaller fish, but I didn't want to push it too much and ended up leaving early to get back in."

Was there a key moment for you during the day?
"The key moment for me was deciding to leave early and head back to the weigh-in.  I ended up leaving way too early and cost myself some valuable fishing time.  I may could have stuck around and added another pound to my sack, and this tournament will probably be decided by a pound so I hope that doesn't cost me."

What was the most challenging/surprising aspect of your day?
"Just getting to and from where I was fishing.  I have been making about a 100 mile run one way, so it has been a challenge.  I am not doing that again though, I ended up catching them close on the way back so that is my plan for tomorrow."

How would you assess your decision making and execution on the water?
"My execution was good today, but I made a poor decision in not fishing longer today.  The mission is to get there and get back so I was happy to accomplish that but I could have fished for about 40 more minutes in retrospect."

DAY TWO STANDINGS

Place PRO ANGLER
Day 1Day 2 Total Fish Total Weight
FishWeightFishWeight
1 Mark Davis 5 22- 1 5 20-10 10 42-11
2 Aaron Martens 5 21-14 5 19- 9 10 41- 7
3 Kotaro Kiriyama 5 20- 7 5 20- 0 10 40- 7
4 Chris Lane 5 22- 9 5 17- 1 10 39-10
5 Keith Combs 5 20- 4 5 19- 6 10 39-10
6 Randy Howell 5 20- 4 5 18- 7 10 38-11
7 Takahiro Omori 5 18- 2 5 20- 3 10 38- 5
8 Jeremy Starks 5 18-13 5 18- 4 10 37- 1
9 Michael Simonton 5 21- 2 4 15- 3 9 36- 5
10 Rick Clunn 5 17-12 5 18- 3 10 35-15
11 Nate Wellman 5 17- 7 5 18- 3 10 35-10
12 Derek Remitz 5 19-10 5 15-15 10 35- 9
13 Morizo Shimizu 5 17- 0 5 18- 9 10 35- 9
14 Cliff Pace 5 20- 5 5 14-15 10 35- 4
15 Hank Cherry 5 15-13 5 19- 7 10 35- 4
16 Yusuke Miyazaki 5 13-13 5 21- 5 10 35- 2
17 Tommy Biffle 5 17-14 5 16-12 10 34-10
18 Bobby Lane 5 15-15 5 18- 9 10 34- 8
19 Charlie Hartley 5 15- 4 5 19- 0 10 34- 4
20 Terry Scroggins 5 16- 9 5 17- 7 10 34- 0
21 Britt Myers 4 12- 5 5 21- 9 9 33-14
22 Keith Poche 5 19- 7 5 14- 7 10 33-14
23 Jason Williamson 5 15- 0 5 18-10 10 33-10
24 Brandon Palaniuk 5 20- 7 5 13- 2 10 33- 9
25 John Crews 5 17- 8 5 15- 8 10 33- 0
26 Josh Bertrand 5 18-11 5 14- 3 10 32-14
27 Kevin VanDam 5 15- 6 5 17- 7 10 32-13
28 J Todd Tucker 5 14- 3 5 18- 8 10 32-11
29 Cliff Crochet 5 14- 7 5 18- 4 10 32-11
30 Alton Jones 5 16- 1 5 16-10 10 32-11
31 Brian Snowden 5 16- 8 5 16- 2 10 32-10
32 Byron Haseotes 5 16-12 5 15-10 10 32- 6
33 John Murray 5 16- 7 5 15-12 10 32- 3
34 Rick Morris 5 16- 0 5 16- 1 10 32- 1
35 Michael Iaconelli 5 14- 8 5 17- 5 10 31-13
36 Matt Reed 5 16- 4 5 15- 8 10 31-12
37 Bernie Schultz 5 13-13 5 17- 9 10 31- 6
38 Timmy Horton 4 13- 3 5 17-15 9 31- 2
39 Jonathon VanDam 5 15-11 5 15- 7 10 31- 2
40 Greg Vinson 5 15-12 5 15- 2 10 30-14
41 Bill Lowen 5 13- 5 5 17- 8 10 30-13
42 Cliff Prince 5 15- 3 5 15-10 10 30-13
43 Jared Lintner 5 15- 4 5 15- 9 10 30-13
44 Brent Chapman 5 15-11 5 15- 1 10 30-12
45 Brandon Card 5 17- 7 5 13- 4 10 30-11
46 Ott DeFoe 5 15- 7 5 15- 4 10 30-11
47 Pete Ponds 5 16-10 5 14- 0 10 30-10
48 Todd Faircloth 5 16- 8 5 14- 2 10 30-10
49 Greg Hackney 5 15-15 5 14-11 10 30-10
50 Andy Montgomery 5 14-11 5 15-14 10 30- 9
51 Shaw E Grigsby 5 15-10 4 14-15 9 30- 9
52 Jason Christie 5 16- 9 5 13-12 10 30- 5
53 Bradley Roy 5 14- 1 5 16- 2 10 30- 3
54 Edwin Evers 5 13- 1 5 17- 0 10 30- 1
55 Jamie Horton 5 18- 1 5 11-12 10 29-13
56 Casey Ashley 5 14-13 5 15- 0 10 29-13
57 Gary Klein 5 17-14 5 11-13 10 29-11
58 Ish Monroe 5 16-10 5 13- 1 10 29-11
59 Chris Zaldain 5 16- 0 5 13-11 10 29-11
60 Russ Lane 5 14-10 5 15- 1 10 29-11
61 Kenyon Hill 5 14-15 5 14-11 10 29-10
62 Billy McCaghren 5 16- 8 5 13- 0 10 29- 8
63 Boyd Duckett 5 15-11 5 13-13 10 29- 8
64 Kelley Jaye 5 14-14 5 14- 8 10 29- 6
65 Mike McClelland 5 13-11 5 15- 5 10 29- 0
66 Kevin Short 5 12-15 5 15- 6 10 28- 5
67 Kevin Hawk 5 14- 1 5 14- 4 10 28- 5
68 Jeff Kriet 5 13- 2 5 15- 0 10 28- 2
69 David Walker 5 14- 0 5 13-14 10 27-14
70 Jason Quinn 5 15- 0 5 12-12 10 27-12
71 Kurt Dove 5 11- 4 5 16- 1 10 27- 5
72 Zell Rowland 4 8-12 5 18- 2 9 26-14
73 Fred Roumbanis 5 14- 7 5 12- 5 10 26-12
74 Chad Pipkens 5 15- 7 5 11- 2 10 26- 9
75 James Elam 5 13-15 5 12- 7 10 26- 6
76 Matthew Herren 5 11-11 5 14- 7 10 26- 2
77 Scott Rook 5 11- 7 5 14- 8 10 25-15
78 Kevin Ledoux 5 12- 2 5 13-10 10 25-12
79 Kelly Jordon 5 13-11 5 12- 0 10 25-11
80 Jami Fralick 5 12- 6 4 13- 5 9 25-11
81 Dean Rojas 5 10- 6 5 15- 4 10 25-10
82 Gerald Swindle 5 13-14 5 11- 8 10 25- 6
83 Skeet Reese 5 15- 5 4 9-14 9 25- 3
84 Cliff Pirch 5 12-14 4 12- 4 9 25- 2
85 Stephen Browning 5 14- 0 5 10-11 10 24-11
86 Scott Ashmore 5 16- 0 4 8- 9 9 24- 9
87 Paul Elias 5 12-10 3 9- 6 8 22- 0
88 Matt Greenblatt 5 15-14 3 5-10 8 21- 8
89 Fletcher Shryock 5 15- 8 2 5-14 7 21- 6
90 Casey Scanlon 5 12- 6 3 8-13 8 21- 3
91 Dennis Tietje 5 10- 1 4 10- 8 9 20- 9
92 James Niggemeyer 5 11- 8 5 8-15 10 20- 7
93 Stephen Kennedy 5 8- 8 4 9- 7 9 17-15
94 Marty Robinson 4 8- 9 4 8- 2 8 16-11
95 Chip Porche 5 11-12 1 3-15