2013 Elite Series Rigid Industries Falcon Slam
Falcon Lake - Zapata, TX, Mar 21 - 25, 2013

2013 Falcon Slam Live Blog

Schultz boats No. 5

1:21 pm CDT, Mar 21, 2013

Bernie Schultz adds No. 5 to the livewell.

Poche's first cull

1:00 pm CDT, Mar 21, 2013

 

Keith Poche gets his first cull of the day. He's up to around 15 pounds.

We're out of here

12:56 pm CDT, Mar 21, 2013

Steve Bowman and I have left the lake to assemble photo galleries from this morning.

 

Bassmaster.com staffers will soon gather at the Zapata County Public Boat Ramp for today's weigh-in, which begins at 3:15 p.m. CT. 

Jones miffed over misses

11:58 am CDT, Mar 21, 2013

We just caught up with Alton Jones, who reported he has four bass that weigh about 17 pounds.

 

"I lost a 6-pounder earlier that would  have helped," Jones said.

 

Since then, we've watched Jones lose two more good fish - both appeared to be solid keepers by the bow in his rod, but not huge.

 

Then we saw Jones land his fifth fish - a 2 1/2-pounder.

 

"Now we've got one to cull," Jones said.

 

He thinks the afternoon bite it going to be the ticket today because of the recent full moon. It's something to keep in mind as the day progresses.

Lowen has a peanut gallery

11:43 am CDT, Mar 21, 2013

Bill Lowen has caught seven bass this morning, but described his livewell as "looking like a peanut gallery."

 

So Lowen is moving.

 

"Catching anywhere from a 20- to 30-pounds-plus bag was pretty easy in practice," Lowen said. "I don't understand this. It shouldn't be this hard."

 

It continues to be overcast, cool and breezy on Falcon this morning. It's only 68 degrees as the noon hour approaches.

Ott hooks up

11:37 am CDT, Mar 21, 2013

Ott DeFoe doesn't have a marshal today, but he did snap a "selfie" pic of this monster and sent it along.

 

Jaye fights a 6-pounder

11:22 am CDT, Mar 21, 2013

Kelley Jaye fights a 6-pounder.

That's 5 for Jeremy Starks

11:05 am CDT, Mar 21, 2013

Technical difficulties

11:03 am CDT, Mar 21, 2013

EDIT: Problem solved. I was able to plug my iPhone into my Lowrance Sonic Hub dock and now we're back in business.

My iPhone charger is down and out. I get about 200 emails and texts during an average day at an Elite Series event. This phone is the hub for all marshal pics, several basscams and several blogs. So my phone basically stays on charge all day. Add on top of that the constant searching for a signal that we're doing down here on the border and my battery dies faster than a fly in a bug zapper. And now I'm without a charger. My battery's at 50% already!! Will this stop the whole show??

Lowen has a little limit

10:50 am CDT, Mar 21, 2013

Bill Lowen just put his fifth fish in the livewell, but he's not too proud of it.

 

"It's not supposed to be this hard out here," Lowen said. "Instead of 6- and 8-pounders, I'm catching 6- and 8-ouncers."

 

He's not exaggerating much. We've seen Lowen catch his last two keepers and they were just that — keepers.

 

Lowen is going to continue to flip this area of shallow trees for awhile longer, then make a run in search of some giants, or at least 3-pounders.

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