After spending much of the season south of the Mason-Dixon Line where temperatures can be downright sultry this time of year, the Elite Series is now in the midst of its “Northern Swing.” The northern latitude means cooler temperatures, and just prior to this week’s event on Oneida Lake in Syracuse, a cold front moved through the area and dropped temperatures.
The temperature for Thursday morning’s takeoff was in the mid-50s, with a forecast high temperature of 72 degrees. Anglers sported jackets and long pants- unique to summertime fishing- for the chilly morning boat ride to their fishing spots.
It seemed a world away from the intense heat that dominated the last Elite Series event at Kentucky Lake in Kentucky, when June temperatures soared well into the 90s.
“Isn’t this weather great,” said BASS tournament director Trip Weldon. “It was 102 degrees when I left Alabama the other day. You can’t beat this.”
For the past two Elite Series events, California pro Skeet Reese had been on pins and needles, eagerly awaiting the birth of his second child. As it turned out, Reese was at his California home in between tournaments when his wife gave birth to the couple’s second daughter- Courtney Ren.
“Everybody’s healthy, everybody’s good,” Reese said.
This week, it’s Pennsylvania pro Dave Wolak’s turn to wait impatiently by his cell phone.
Wolak’s wife Jessica is expected to deliver the couple’s child any day now, which means Wolak has much more on his mind than catching Oneida Lake’s smallmouth bass.
But at least he’s close to home. This week’s tour stop at Oneida is just a couple of hours driving time from Wolak’s home in Warrior Run, Pa. Wolak said it would be possible to drive home at night for the birth of his child and make it back to New York in time to fish again the next day.
“But I’d rather it not go down like that,” he said.
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