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

2013 Falcon Slam Live Blog

Klein with his first keeper

8:46 am CDT, Mar 25, 2013

Gary Klein just caught his first keeper of the day, flipping in wood. It's a 2-pounder, approximately. That's not going to win him the tournament, but at least he has something in the livewell. 

 

He was flipping a soft plastic bait when he caught the fish, but had been fishing a spinnerbait. When he went back to the soft plastic he got the fish. Klein is moving very methodically from one tree to the next.

 

We are starting to have sun and wind is increasing. This is the coolest day we've had by far, with a high predicted in the low 70s. There's a good ripple on the water now. 

John Crews working patiently

8:41 am CDT, Mar 25, 2013

John Crews is working a rounded point off the side of a creek. There are scattered Salt Cedars sticking up like whale bones and he is hitting each one of them by pitching a drop bait. It appears to be soft plastic, but the profile we are seeing it could easily be a jig as well.

He's taking his time, which seems to be a key for all these guys. He will move in shallow and then zig zag back to the deeper trees.

"The deeper trees are much more inconsistent," he said. "But if you can get a bite out here, it's the right one."

He believes there are a lot if fish spawning in the area, but not all of them, which makes all these targets important.

It's still cool here from the front that blew through yesterday. The wind is light at the moment and it's classic post-frontal high skies.

Update from Darren Jacobson

8:33 am CDT, Mar 25, 2013

I started out the day following Gary Klein and Cliff Crochet. They began the morning flipping in timber, within sight of each other.

 

Then Klein made a short move to an area near Jason Christie. Shortly after that Christie took off. 

 

We are seeing lots of Pangas, the small fishing boats common in Mexico, running all over this morning. 

Clunn relocating "his" bass

8:26 am CDT, Mar 25, 2013

Rick Clunn just mentioned that he has to relocate his fish. He is moving around his magical spot and cycling through several different baits. He started off with a crankbait and has now switched to a jig.

Clunn had mentioned that he had to relocate them between the 2nd and 3rd day of this tournament, so this process is nothing new to him.

Clunn lands bass No. 1

8:20 am CDT, Mar 25, 2013

 

Crews has just landed the unofficial first fish of the day. It was about 3 pounds. Still not big enough for his hopes and dreams. But it goes in the well. 

Crews unfazed

8:08 am CDT, Mar 25, 2013

 

John Crews just set the hook on what was likely the first keeper for these finalists. But about the time he got it near the boat, the fish jumped off. It was about 3 pounds and didn't faze Crews a bit.

 

"No damage done if I really want to do some damage," he said.

 

Crews knows if he plans on jumping up the ladder the 6-pounders and bigger will be the ones he has to have.

Crews loses 3-pounder

8:06 am CDT, Mar 25, 2013

John Crews just set the hook on what was likely the first keeper for these finalists. But about the time he got it near the boat, the fish jumped off. It was about 3-pounds and didn't faze Crews a bit.

"No damage done if I really want to do some damage," he said.

Crews knows if he plans on jumping up the ladder the 6-pounders and bigger will be the ones he has to have.

Clunn: Eye on the prize

7:58 am CDT, Mar 25, 2013

 

While anyone in the Top 12 has a shot at this title, it was pretty obvious that Rick Clunn had his eye on the leader before take-off. It's really awesome to watch a legend like Clunn drop a WWE like stare down on a young pro like Combs. However, I can't help but wonder what that feels like for Combs.

And they're off!

7:55 am CDT, Mar 25, 2013

 

That was one of the fastest, shortest take-offs in the history of the Elites.

 

These 12 anglers were primed to go. And B.A.S.S. was primed to let them go after a day off.

 

So it went quick at the dock. And a couple hundred yards later John Crews was at his first stop. He's literally fishing across the creek from the take off. He busted a big bag here Saturday to make the final.

 

Interestingly enough, just 800 yards up the creek and within sight is Rick Clunn.

 

This little creek could get hot.

Anything can happen at Falcon today

7:35 am CDT, Mar 25, 2013

 

It's commonly stated that anyone can win among 12 finalists on Day Four of an Elite Series event. That's often more about hopes than facts.

 

But at Falcon Lake it's reality. Yes, anybody can win on this rare Day Four Monday at the Rigid Industries Falcon Slam.

 

The Elites' previous visit to Falcon in 2008 proved that. Paul Elias was in 5th place and Terry Scroggins occupied the 12th spot going into the final day. Even though  Elias won with a four-day BASS record total of 132 pounds, 8 ounces, he needed some good fortune to prevent Scroggins from matching or passing him.

 

Elias nursed a deeply-hooked fish for hours and was surprised it was still alive when he put it in his weigh-in bag. A dead-fish penalty would have left him in a tie with Scroggins at 132-4. Plus, Scroggins had a 10-pounder come unhooked at the boat, which would have put him on top.

 

As Clark Reehm stated earlier this week, "Falcon Lake magic is real. You can get right real quick here."

 

It's not hype: Anything can happen today.

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