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

Tucker makes a cast

9:10 am CDT, Mar 14, 2013

Musings on Sabine

9:07 am CDT, Mar 14, 2013

After talking to no less than two dozen Elite Series pros during the past few days, I have to say what might be obvious — This tourament is going to be won by someone who is making a run that could be "AT LEAST" one hour from the launch point on the Sabine River. East? Yeah, a lot of guys are heading toward my home state of Louisiana. West? Yep, found more than one "Top Gun" who plans a venture that way. North? Sure thing. South? Ditto. This is like a "Where's Waldo?" event. Your pros are going to be scattered to the winds. Hang on!!!

Kevin Short going to work

9:04 am CDT, Mar 14, 2013

Photo by Jackson Bean.

Duckett at sunrise

9:01 am CDT, Mar 14, 2013

Boyd Duckett starts Day One on the beautiful Sabine River. Photo by B.A.S.S. Marshal Chad Burge.

Kiriyama with his first keeper

8:59 am CDT, Mar 14, 2013

Lake Charles

8:56 am CDT, Mar 14, 2013

We've made it over to the Lake Charles, La., area where several of the anglers are running. It's about 45 minutes by Interstate to get here. I have no idea how far by boat. But we are going to stick our nose into a myriad of backwater lakes, creeks and sloughs.
We are on the Calcasieu River. It's dingy,almost dirty. water temp is in the 50s. Like the anglers, we are looking for cleaner water. Hopefully we will find them soon.

Kieth Worthy, who grew up on this river and the Sabine, is excited about this event. The whole community is excited.


Worthy kind of put it into perspective: "they are going from one of the worst fisheries to one of the best in Falcon. I never dreamed B.A.S.S., would have a tournament here. But I've always hoped they would.


"As a kid, fishing here, I would wonder what would those Bassmaster guys do if they were here. Now I get to find out."

Lowen's third keeper

8:54 am CDT, Mar 14, 2013

Bill Lowen shows off his third keeper on Day One on the Sabine River. Photo by B.A.S.S. Marshal Brian French.

Ish grabs a couple of keepers

8:53 am CDT, Mar 14, 2013

Disaster strikes early

8:10 am CDT, Mar 14, 2013

If this event has any semblance of a local favorite it's Dennis Tietje. He lives nearby on Toledo Bend. We just learned he blew out his motor, less than an hour from take-off. He was the second angler to take off this morning.


This will be a setback for Tietje, but because the fishing is expected to be slow, we expect Tietje will have time to get back in the game.

9 ways to follow the Sabine action

7:11 am CDT, Mar 14, 2013

There’s nothing like being at a Bassmaster Elite Series event. But if you can’t be in Orange, Texas, for the 2013 Bassmaster Elite Series Sabine River Challenge presented by STARK Cultural Venues, we’ve got you covered. You can keep up online in a way that will make you feel like you’re on the water yourself. Here are nine ways we’ll keep you informed:


1. Live weigh-ins

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.


2. Lowrance War Room

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.


3. Twitter

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 tags 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.


4. BASSCam

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.


5. Facebook

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.


6. Live Leaderboard

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


7. Toyota Hooked Up!

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’ 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.


9. BASSTrakk

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 on Saturday and Sunday.


All nine of these options are completely free! We invite you to tune in, interact and enjoy!