Pete Ponds is trying for a little topwater action.
Photo by Josh Smith
Pete ponds caught one short one quick. Now he's looking for a keeper.
It didn't cross my mind when I first got here, but the water level drop is from the tide. It's low now but is coming up. You can see it moving now.
We've watched Alton catch several small ones, but haven't seen Rojas set the hook yet.
We watched him do a lot of his damage much later yesterday.
The Sabine is on pace to establish itself as the stingiest venue the Elites have ever seen, but I don't think it's going to get there. You see, bassing averages almost always go up on Day 3 of Elite events and up again on Day 4. That's because the Elite format eliminates the anglers who finished in the bottom half after two days and all but the top 12 after three. When you get rid of the guys who aren't catching them, the bassing average of the guys who are left look pretty good.
The toughest tournament in Elite history was the 2006 Table Rock event. The bassing average for those four days was just 2.41 — better than what we're seeing on the Sabine, but we've now sent the anglers who were struggling hardest down the road to Falcon Lake. It'll be surprising if the bassing average doesn't go up on the Sabine from here through Sunday.
Gary Klein is in the same area as Crochet. Might explain why they are catching this week. Neither has a bite yet as far as we can tell.
I just got to the creek where Dean Rojas and Jeff Kriet are fishing. It's about a 30 minute drive by road. It takes 50 by water. First thing I notice is the creek has dropped about 2 feet. That is significant.
If they can get here that could help them, by positioning the fish to the very ends of the cover. There's lot to hide around up here and a drop just narrows the options.
Looks like they can make it. Rojas just showed up. Not long after Alton Jones appeared.
Dean Rojas, in second place after day two, made a 50-minute run this morning returning to the same spot he had success yesterday. Today we're waiting on him. The water here has dropped about 2 feet from yesterday, so the fishing may be a little different today.