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

Chris Lane fights a fish around his trolling motor

10:30 am CDT, Mar 16, 2013

McCaghren boats another one

10:28 am CDT, Mar 16, 2013

Hartley retrieves a stuck lure

10:24 am CDT, Mar 16, 2013

Four keepers in 15 minutes

10:22 am CDT, Mar 16, 2013

Tietje dialed in! Four keepers in 15 minutes. Should be some awesome footage!

  Photo by Cory Harris

Chris Lane sets the hook

10:21 am CDT, Mar 16, 2013

McCaghren catches first keeper

10:18 am CDT, Mar 16, 2013

Local color

10:10 am CDT, Mar 16, 2013

The area where Dean Rojas and Alton Jones are fishing is situated right up next to a little trailer park and we've been interacting with the residents. One lady, when told Bassmaster pros were fishing in the canal, said with a smile, "They might catch something weird in there."


Rojas was fishing next to one gentleman's dock. When told Rojas was in the running for the $100,000 first prize, he said, "I should get 10 percent. Hell, I'll take 2 percent."

Hartley throwing a buzzbait

10:07 am CDT, Mar 16, 2013

Buzzing with Charlie Hartley.

Ponds has a keeper

10:01 am CDT, Mar 16, 2013

Pete Ponds is happy to get a keeper on Day 3.

Photo by Josh Smith

KVD on the board in a big way

9:59 am CDT, Mar 16, 2013

Just as James Overstreet predicted, Kevin VanDam moved into his hot spot from yesterday and landed a Sabine River "monster" - a 4-pounder - for his first fish of the day.


Obviously, if you didn't think it before, it's clear now that KVD will be a factor in this tournament, especially since he's got Watermelon Bay all to himself today.