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Ish Holds Off Kriet on Day 2

by Dan O’Sullivan

While the first Elimination Round of the Jack Link’s Major League Fishing 2013 General Tire Summit Cup on Chautauqua Lake was contested on an overcast and rainy day on the lower end of the lake, the second elimination round would be one of polar opposites.

Not only would the conditions completely flip-flop, but so would the end of the lake. The field for the second day of elimination would be greeted with high, sunny skies, and they would be placed on Zone 1, at the top of the lake. Like the lower end of the lake, Zone 1 featured primarily shallow water with an abundance of shoreline docks. The zone also featured some minor reeks that offered anglers the chance at trying to locate bass in the extreme shallows.

As with the first day, the field would be deep with angling talent and pedigree. Among the eight competitors were Oklahoma's Edwin Evers, Texan Kelly Jordon, another Oklahoman, Jeff Kriet, Alabama's Aaron Martens, Californian Ish Monroe, another Texan Takahiro Omori, Dean Rojas from Arizona and Skeet Reese of California.

This group of eight anglers also boasted an impressive resume of credentials. Among them, they carried a total of 37 B.A.S.S. wins, two Bassmaster Angler of the Year titles, 78 trips to the Bassmaster Classic and two Classic Championships. The group also carries 10 FLW Outdoors victories and 19 trips to the Forrest Wood Cup. Together they have earned a combined $11,807,861 in B.A.S.S. competition and another $2,591,306 in FLW competition.

With those kinds of statistics behind them, the day was certain to include some fireworks, and they would not take long to begin, especially for one angler.

Period One

As the anglers finished their 15 minute scouting period and began fishing at 7:00 a.m., it didn't take long for the first fish to come aboard. Just 11 minutes after the officials declared the start, Martens managed to make the first mark on the leader board when he posted a quality 2-pound, 1-ounce Chautauqua.

One minute later, Kriet followed with a 1-pound, 5-ounce keeper and was a precursor to how the rest of the first period would go. In fact, Kriet would completely run away with the morning session as the field largely struggled to get a grip on what Chautauqua's bass were doing. The field of eight anglers would post a total of 17 keeper bass to the leader board and Kriet was responsible for six of those.

As the morning session came to a close, Kriet had added 13 pounds, 2 ounces to the scoreboard, which gave him more than an 8-pound lead over Reese, who boated two fish for 4 pounds, 12 ounces. Evers and Monroe tied for third position with 4 pounds, 7 ounces followed by Rojas with 4 pounds, 3 ounces, Martens with 4 pounds, 2 ounces, Jordon with one keeper for 1-pound, 3 ounces and Omori failing to catch a keeper.

However, with the depth of the Major League Fishing field, an angler cannot afford to back off or he will get run down.

Period Two

Such was the case for Kriet in period two. Though he still managed to boat six keepers, Kriet did not connect with a kicker fish like he had in the morning session when he landed a 3-pound, 10-ounce largemouth. While he performed well and managed to add more than 9 pounds to his morning weight, he was overtaken by a monstrous performance by Monroe.

In fact, the field stepped up to the occasion as a whole. While they only managed to boat 17 keepers in the morning session, they fooled 36 bass during the second period. Led by his stellar 10-keeper, 21-pound, 7-ounce period, Monroe overtook Kriet with a two-period total of 25 pounds, 14 ounces. Kriet managed to keep pace with 22 pounds, 10 ounces to land in second place followed by Evers at 17 pounds, 12 ounces in third.

Staying with the theme of polar opposites for the day, Omori started putting things together, and put 12 pounds, 7 ounces on the leader board to leap from last to fourth place after the second period. The rest of the field made slight improvements with Rojas coming in fifth with 7 pounds, 11 ounces; Martens with 7 pounds, 6 ounces; Reese with 7 pounds, 3 ounces and Jordon bringing up the tail with 4 pounds, 7 ounces.

Period Three

Now the winds of change began to move through the field for the final period of the day again as anglers battled for their position in the top four. While Monroe and Kriet continued to perform steadily, all but locking up first and second positions early in the period, three other anglers locked horns in battle for the third and fourth qualifying spots.

While it seemed he was largely lost on the water for most of the day, Martens came to life in the last period and traded blows with Evers and Omori for the entire two and a half hour period until the final minute.

Late in the period, Evers boated a keeper bass that pushed him in front of Omori into third position. As Omori frantically tried to put another bass in the boat, it was Martens who boated two keepers in the final four minutes that pushed him to third, Evers to fourth and Omori out of the cut for the day.

In the end, Monroe won the day, placing 33 pounds, 14 ounces on the Berkley scales, with Kriet grabbing second place with 30 pounds, 6 ounces. Martens edged Evers for third position by an 11-ounce margin at 24 pounds, 15 ounces to Evers' 24 pounds, 6 ounces, and Omori fell just short after a valiant comeback effort having zeroed in the first period with a total of 24 pounds even.

Jordon finished fifth with 15 pounds even, ahead of Rojas with 13 pounds, 8 ounces and Reese with 12 pounds 4 ounces. The top four now move on to the Sudden Death Semifinal and will wait one more day to find out who their competition will be as they move towards the title of Jack Link’s Major League Fishing 2013 General Tire Summit Cup Champion.

Angler Weight (lbs) Total Fish Avg Weight (lbs) Biggest Fish (lbs) Smallest Fish (lbs)
Ish Monroe 33 lb 14 oz 16 2 lb 02 oz 3 lb 11 oz 1 lb 00 oz
Jeff Kriet 30 lb 06 oz 18 1 lb 11 oz 3 lb 10 oz 0 lb 12 oz
Aaron Martens 24 lb 15 oz 15 1 lb 11 oz 4 lb 08 oz 0 lb 14 oz
Edwin Evers 24 lb 06 oz 11 2 lb 03 oz 5 lb 09 oz 0 lb 14 oz
Takahiro Omori 24 lb 00 oz 15 1 lb 10 oz 3 lb 14 oz 0 lb 14 oz
Kelly Jordon 15 lb 00 oz 10 1 lb 08 oz 2 lb 08 oz 0 lb 11 oz
Dean Rojas 13 lb 08 oz 8 1 lb 11 oz 2 lb 06 oz 0 lb 14 oz
Skeet Reese 12 lb 04 oz 6 2 lb 01 oz 3 lb 10 oz 1 lb 02 oz