Matt Greenblatt didn't have to burn much gas to catch his first fish of the day. He went straight across from the takeoff spot and put a keeper in the boat.
"It's not a giant, but why burn all that gas?" he said.
B.A.S.S. Marshal Robert Parkison caught Steve Kennedy's first Day One keeper on camera.
Jason Christie on the board with a good one on the first day at Falcon.
According to his Marshal, Jeremy Starks landed an 8-pounder on his second cast.
There's a little bit of an edginess in the air this morning.
Everything looks the same: Boats gathered around the dock waiting for it to be light enough to take off. But several of these guys have that looking over their shoulder look to them. They are nervous, maybe a little bit anxious.
Most of that revolves around where they sit in the take-off order, or how fast their boat is running compared to the guy behind them.
More than one angler has said "I've found the fish to win this event. But several others have found them, too."
Some even go as far as saying, "if I don't get their first, I'm sunk."
That might be the case, but you never know. Paul Elias didn't get to his magic spot first in 2008. But he still created a record weight.
None of that matters to the guys sitting here this morning. All they know is they have to get established today, worry about tomorrow another day.
It makes for an interesting feel. This edginess isn't always here. Then again, we aren't always on a lake known for producing unbelievable stringers, packed full of giant bass.
They might be edgy, but us inky scribes are downright giddy.
The Elite anglers are assembled for launch and the singing of the national anthem on Day One of the Rigid Industries Falcon Slam.
The hawgs at this week's Bassmaster Elite Series event on Falcon Lake are going to be enormous. But if you can’t be in Zapata, Texas, for the 2013 Bassmaster Elite Series Rigid Industries Falcon Slam to see them for yourself, we’ve got you covered. You can keep up online in a way that will make you feel like you’re there for the action. Here are nine ways we’ll keep you informed:
You get a front row seat to the weigh-ins each day. From the comfort of your home, you can watch the pros weigh in right in front of you on your computer screen without delay. You’ll know who wins at the same time the winner finds out! Tune in to the live weigh-ins at 3:15 p.m. CT all four days of competition. Please note that connectivity on Falcon is limited because of the remoteness of the area, so we anticipate some stuttering, freezing or delays in the live streaming of the weigh-ins.
Listen to what B.A.S.S. officials hear from the water -- when they hear it -- via the Lowrance War Room. If you have a question, just ask it in the comments box below the War Room video, and the producers will make every effort to get your question answered.
The War Room opens at 9 a.m. CT Saturday and Sunday and provides updates on the hour until 2 p.m. CT.
Tune in this weekend at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. CT for a War Room exclusive -- a special broadcast documenting Paul Elias' 2008 record-breaking performance on Falcon Lake.
In fewer than 140 characters apiece, you can read updates of the tournament as it is happening. From your laptop, phone or desktop, you can watch the event unfold, tweet by tweet.
There are several ways to follow along on Twitter. You can follow the official B.A.S.S. Twitter account, www.twitter.com/BASS_nation, where you’ll get insider info provided by B.A.S.S.’s on-site staff, B.A.S.S. emcees and tournament officials.
You can follow the official hashtag of B.A.S.S., #bassmaster. Anyone connected to or interested in the tournament can tag his or her posts with this keyword, and fans can read multiple perspectives on the tournament’s goings-on. Even the pros post with this hashtag, so you could get actual updates from contenders who have spectators on the water tweeting for them. To follow the hashtag, whether you have a Twitter account or not, just go to http://tweetchat.com/room/bassmaster.
You can also follow the pros’ or insiders’ Twitter accounts. Click these links to follow the lists of Bassmaster Elite Series pros, including Kevin VanDam and Mike Iaconelli, or to follow B.A.S.S. insiders, including emcee Dave Mercer and host Mark Zona.
BASSCam is a series of videos shot on the water and uploaded immediately so you can get near-live updates of what’s happening out there, often in the pros’ own words. Videos are posted all four days of competition.
Fans of B.A.S.S.’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/bass, get updates and photos throughout the day right in their newsfeed. You can comment, ask questions and share photos, all within Facebook. Plus, most of the Bassmaster Elite Series contenders have their own fan pages, so you can watch your favorites (and get their fishing advice) all year long.
During the live weigh-ins, fans can watch the Live Leaderboard to see who’s on track to make the Top 50 cut for Saturday or the Top 12 cut for Sunday.
B.A.S.S. emcee Dave Mercer and The Bassmasters hosts Tommy Sanders and Mark Zona team up for Toyota Hooked Up!, a live video special, which airs at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. CT Saturday and Sunday. After the champion has been crowned, you’ll hear from the winner in his own words — while he’s still absorbing the shock of his win.
8. Live Blog
The Live Blog is where our reporters’ and Marshals' on-the-fly updates will be posted throughout the competition. B.A.S.S. reporters take to the Sabine River on Saturday and Sunday, seeking out contenders and trying to get the scoop, which we then deliver to you, right here.
The very popular BASSTrakk has been revamped and now includes a map so fans can see exactly where their favorite anglers are fishing. When a contender catches a fish, his Marshal reports the estimated weight, which in turn is posted online so you can see how your favorite pro is doing — and where the fish are. BASSTrakk is live only on Saturday and Sunday.
All nine of these options are completely free! We invite you to tune in, interact and enjoy!
The angler meeting is getting ready to start and the best anyone can gather is this event will be nothing like the 2008 tourney.
That's to be expected. In 2008, the Bassmaster Television Show and Paul Elias put this place on "must-fish" list of every bass angler in the country.
How much different you can never know. Fishermen are notoriously sandbaggers. And they are never satisfied. Just because it's not as good as it was 5 years ago, doesn't mean it's still not worth the trip. But a lot of guys are crying the blues. Take this exchange for example:
"Dude, last time we were here I was culling 6-pounders. Now I can't even catch a 6-pounder," Scott Rook said to Chris Lane.
"Yea, but I still would bet we'd see 42-pounds leading after tomorrow," Lane countered.
"How much you want to bet?" Rook replied.
"Not much," Lane said, looking at Kevin VanDam for confirmation. "How about 38 pounds?" Lane said.
VanDam shook his head.
"Then maybe 36," he questioned.
VanDam shook his head, then added someone might catch 30, but nothing like what we saw before.
"So 20-pounds could be pretty good, huh?" Lane asked.
VanDam nodded. The message was clear: At least in the eyes of those anglers it's much different. But 20 pounds a day still makes for a pretty good event.
I'm still relatively new to B.A.S.S., but I'm pretty sure most angler briefings don't begin like this: