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

Murray loses lower unit

2:28 pm CDT, Mar 14, 2013

This photo is of John Murray prior to losing his lower unit 100+ miles from launch. Thank goodness for good friends and Southern hospitality. A big thanks to Loren Stelly and John Finley of Jennings, La., for getting us (Murray and B.A.S.S. Marshal Cory Harris) a ride back to Orange!  Photo by Cory Harris.

JVD's first keeper

2:23 pm CDT, Mar 14, 2013

Kiriyama and Lane share water

2:15 pm CDT, Mar 14, 2013

Kotaro Kiriyama and Bobby Lane were sharing water toward the end of Day One. Photo by Josh Smith.

Shryock has 3

1:25 pm CDT, Mar 14, 2013

After leaving Aaron Martens, who hadn't boated a keeper at Noon, Shaye Baker and I struggled to find another Elite Series angler. This is a vast river system.


Bradley Roy zoomed by us going the opposite direction, but signaled on his way past us that he had two keepers.


Then we found Fletcher Shryock for a short visit. Shryock said he had three keepers, and had caught a total of about 20 bass today.


"A couple were 13 1/2 inches and one was 13 7/8ths," he said. "That just breaks your heart when you don't have a limit in the boat yet."

No. 5 for Alton

1:12 pm CDT, Mar 14, 2013

Alton Jones with keeper No. 5. Photo by Chris Smith.


Sabine gator basking in the sun

1:08 pm CDT, Mar 14, 2013

Jeff Kriet with another

12:53 pm CDT, Mar 14, 2013

Lord, help me catch a fish

12:19 pm CDT, Mar 14, 2013


Paul Elias is fishing way, way back up in a little channel off the main river. He has not caught a keeper today. 


"Nothing close," he said. This is the same place where he caught a 7-pounder in practice.


When we caught up with him he added, "Lord, you told me to trust you. Now help me catch a fish."


Ish culling

12:07 pm CDT, Mar 14, 2013

Pirch's 3-pounder

12:00 pm CDT, Mar 14, 2013

Cliff Pirch with a nice 3-pounder. Photo by Steven Morris.