If this event has any semblance of a local favorite it's Dennis Tietje.
Unlike the challenge of making contact with a fluttering baseball, the goal for the Bassmaster Elite Series anglers has been just the opposite – not making contact.
The Elites descend upon Orange, Texas, to sign up for the Sabine River Challenge, which gets underway Thursday.
The pros opine about the fishery and offer their favorites for the first Elite tournament on this river.
I got a bird's eye view of the Sabine via airboat last year, and there's no doubt this week's Sabine River Challenge is going to be an adventure.
When asked if he had ever competed on the Sabine River, site of the March 14-17 Bassmaster Elite Series season opener, Elite Series pro Dennis Tietje chuckled.
Strike King Lure Company is excited to announce the recent addition to their pro-staff; Bassmaster Elite Series angler Dennis Tietje.
While some Elites stick to wrapped trucks and bass boats, others opt for variety in their automotive appetite.
For one Elite Series pro, a new front tooth is what he really wants for Christmas!