Duckett delivers on Day 1

Category: Tournament

 Aug 7th, 2014 by OutdoorsFIRST 

Modified Aug 7th, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Boyd Duckett is one of the Bassmaster Elite Series pros few anglers were talking about to make a charge at the Delaware River derby out of Philadelphia, PA. The Duckett Fishing pro sure has folks chatting about him now, after his Day 1 performance.

Duckett brought in a limit weighing 16 pounds, 14 ounces to take a (4-12) lead over Daiwa pro Morizo Shimizu (12-2).

Rounding out the Top 5 are in third James Elam (11-12). In fourth Mercury pro Kevin Short (11-6). Fifth is Legend Boats pro Fred Roumbanis (11-5).

Boyd Duckett reacts to his 16-plus-pound limit. (Joel Shangle)

Good day for Duckett
“I guarantee you I had a good day today,” said Duckett. “This is such an interesting place to fish. It’s cool being in downtown Philadelphia fishing the Delaware River. By the way, the fishing is pretty good on this river.

“A lot of guys are saying you have to hit the tides just right. I have a high tide and a low tide pattern going. I may have underestimated how good the river is.

“I’m not fishing just for keepers. I’m going for bigger fish. I only caught six today. I do have a keeper hole if I need them tomorrow.”

Shimizu caught quality
“Big Mama was there today,” said Shimizu. I only had five bites today, but they were all good ones. I hope I get all Big Mama’s tomorrow. Go Eagles!”

Elam in his weight class
“I can usually catch 11 pounds,” said Elam. “It’s just that 11 pounds here is good. I had five hours straight today without a bite. I pulled up on the right stretch during the right tide and got ’em.”

Short had few bites
“I only had six bites today,” said Short. “I had six bites in 20 minutes. I was feeling special. I’ll go out tomorrow and see what happens.”

Roumbanis headed west
“I drove to California right after ICAST in July,” said Roumbanis. “I went to fish on the California Delta to practice tidal fishing. I grew up tidal fishing out there.

“Today, I made the right moves at the right times. I’m ready to go after them tomorrow.”

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