2012 Bassmaster Classic Red River - Shreveport-Bossier City, LA, Feb 24 - 26, 2012

2012 Classic Live Blog

Evers in pocket near Faircloth

12:00 pm CST, Feb 25, 2012
| By Trey Reid

We just realized that Edwin Evers is in the back of this pocket with Faircloth. We hate to leave the hot hand, but Evers hasn't moved in over an hour, so we have a suspicion he may be onto something, too.

 

Good thing we didn't go. Faircloth just caught a 2.5-pounder and culled again.

Faircloth on fire, but quality lacking

11:56 am CST, Feb 25, 2012
| By Trey Reid

Todd Faircloth is on fire right now. He just bowed up on another one and culled again. The only problem for him is that the quality isn't great. To really improve his standing, he'll need something bigger than the 2-pounders. But at the rate he's going, that's not out of the question at all.

Martens lands 3-pound chunk

11:52 am CST, Feb 25, 2012

 

Just after I hinted that Martens needs to consider a move, he set the hook on a quality keeper. Not a game-changer but a 3-pound chunk that has him in the 13- to 14-pound range.

 

"I want to leave but I keep upgrading, bro," he said.

 

Overstreet said he's seen this time and again on the Elite Series -- just when you think Martens has pillaged an area for all it's worth he pulls a rabbit out of his hat and places it in his livewell.

Faircloth sights in on a 3-pounder

11:50 am CST, Feb 25, 2012
| By Trey Reid

Todd Faircloth helped his cause with a solid 3-plus-pounder that allowed him to cull a smaller bass. He worked on that fish for at least 20 minutes before enticing it to strike. Less wind and bright sun has made sight fishing possible today, and now Faircloth has pulled out a push pole and he's looking for more.

 

Keith Combs, who's also fishing in this area, was moving past Faircloth's boat just as he hooked the fish. It was a textbook example of how fishing in crowd can get inside an angler's head. Combs muttered a colorful word under his breath as he passed our boat, then said, "I could've used one like that."

 

Leaving McDade

11:43 am CST, Feb 25, 2012

Ott Defoe has made the decision that Aaron Martens can't -- he's left McDade. Meanwhile, Aaron and Fred Roumbanis, two California expatriates, are fishing side by side and chatting casually. Both keep their Power-Poles halfway deployed and occasionally drop them down to seine a specific spot. With only a few hours left, they both desperately need a good bite or two.

Ike there to lend a hand to DeFoe

11:34 am CST, Feb 25, 2012

If Nick Saban was on the side of the road with a flat tire, Les Miles would probably grin, wave then drive right by. That's no reflection on Miles' character, but a function of his competitive nature. No LSU fan would fault him for it, either.

 

Elite Series pros are no less competitive than SEC coaches and players, but the level of camaraderie is much higher in the Elites. Ott DeFoe caught a deeply hooked fish right in front of Mike Iaconelli, and after culling, DeFoe mentioned that it was bleeding.

 

Iaconelli then offered DeFoe peroxide, which is supposed to help stop a fish from bleeding.  These guys go at it day in and day out, but at the end of each day they still they respect each other and support each other.

 

You can bet that either of these guys would stop for the other. And Saban, for that matter.

Fishing a crowd

11:30 am CST, Feb 25, 2012
| By Trey Reid

Todd Faircloth helped his cause with a solid 3-plus-pounder that allowed him to cull a smaller bass. He worked on that fish for at least 20 minutes before enticing it to strike. Less wind and bright sun has made sight fishing possible today, and now Faircloth has pulled out a push pole and he's looking for more.

 

Keith Combs, who's also fishing in this area, was moving past Faircloth's boat just as he hooked the fish. It was a textbook example of how fishing in crowd can get inside an angler's head. Combs muttered a colorful word under his breath as he passed our boat, then said, "I could've used one like that."

Ready for the afternoon charge

11:29 am CST, Feb 25, 2012

Another short fish for Roumbanis. 

 

He's barely treading water at this point but with such a fertile area he can only hope that what has turned into a beautiful sunny day has him positioned for an afternoon charge to make the cut to Sunday.

Game changer for Martens

11:27 am CST, Feb 25, 2012

Martens caught his third fish in a matter of minutes. He appears to be on a wad of fish back year but he's yet to entice the game-changing bite that'll be necessary to compete for the title. The question remains -- will he grind it out or tire of the cookie cutters?

 

Meanwhile, Roumbanis connected on a short fish which he quickly released. He'd probably kill for a few of Aaron's discards.

California clear

11:26 am CST, Feb 25, 2012

This is a quick blog as I'm about to upload a video of some of the action back here. Poche is culling, he's caught about 8 fish to Hite's 15. There are some big fish bedding around the stumps back here. The camera boat reported a couple 4-pounders on some stumps near Hite. That explains why he was settled into that area for so long.

 

Both anglers worked pretty far back into the pocket, out of eyesight. Now, Poche has turned back around and is headed back in. I've jumped on the camera boat to get a video update with Poche.

 

Once you get back there, it's amazing how clear it is. You can see the bottom in 2 or 3 feet with ease. It's like we are in California. There are beds and cruising bass everywhere.

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