2013 Elite Series Sabine River Challenge Presented by STARK Cultural Venues
Sabine River System - Orange, TX, Mar 14 - 17, 2013

2013 Sabine River Challenge Live Blog

No bites for Crochet, but still early

7:53 am CDT, Mar 16, 2013

Just caught up with Cliff Crochet, who is yet to have a bite this morning. It's way early though, stay tuned. I like the way things look for this guy.

Toughest day in Elite history!

7:41 am CDT, Mar 16, 2013
| By Ken Duke

Yesterday I wrote that the Elite Series Sabine River Challenge presented by STARK Cultural Ventures (try saying that three times fast!) was one of the toughest in Elite history, but not quite the toughest.


Well, that was before the fishing got worse!


Yes, it's true, the fishing actually got a little worse on Day 2, but only slightly so. Whereas the bassing average for Day 1 was a dismal 2.38 (100 anglers brought 238 bass to the scales), it dipped to 2.37 on Day 2 — the toughest Day 2 in Elite history, eclipsing 2006 at Table Rock Lake where the bassing average was 2.51.

Fans gather to watch the Day 3 Launch on Sabine

7:18 am CDT, Mar 16, 2013

High School Elite Experience

8:16 pm CDT, Mar 15, 2013

The High School Elite Experience kicks off tomorrow in Orange, Texas, at the Orange Riverfront venue. On tap to give seminars are pro anglers Brandon Palaniuk, Ott DeFoe, Aaron Martens, Fletcher Schryock, Bradley Roy and Andy Montgomery.

"This is a really neat experience for high schoolers in the surrounding areas to meet and greet the pros, mingle with sponsors and learn more about fishing and how the pros fish their home waters," said Jon Stewart, Director of the B.A.S.S. High School Program.

Registration kicks off at 9:30 Saturday morning at the high school tent at the B.A.S.S. Venue.

Start with Plan A

6:04 pm CDT, Mar 15, 2013

The B.A.S.S. community goes to many places, all across this big country we call home. But the folks in Orange had showed up in a major way. There were a couple thousand people at the weigh-in this afternoon. They were here not only for the big fair that's taking place around this event, but also to see their favorite anglers do their thing on the Sabine River.

Ferris wheels, Tilt-a-Whirls and shrimp on a stick aside, this game has become serious for everyone who will be fishing tomorrow.

"You have to go with your first instinct," said Cliff Crochet, who lives in neighboring Louisiana. "I don't want to think too much. Today, I went with my second instinct....I haven't even gone where I planned to fish this tournament." 

Win a trip to the Classic!

2:48 pm CDT, Mar 15, 2013

Luck "E" Strike has just announced a contest for a trip to the 2014 Bassmaster Classic in Birmingham, Ala. One winner and a guest will receive a VIP Bassmaster Classic Experience, with airfare included.


Enter for a chance to win on Luck "E" Strike’s Facebook page or on-site at the Luck "E" Strike booth at Bassmaster Elite Series events, starting next week at Falcon Lake.

Heartbreak for Cherry

2:09 pm CDT, Mar 15, 2013

Hank Cherry still has zero fish; he just broke off a 6- to 7-pounder at the boat. Photo by Richard Wilson.



1:56 pm CDT, Mar 15, 2013

Chad Pipkens kicks up mud on the Sabine.


Russ Lane with another redfish

1:47 pm CDT, Mar 15, 2013

Scroggins has a full bag

1:45 pm CDT, Mar 15, 2013

Scroggins has another solid one. Caught it flipping under a tree. This one makes his 5 fish limit