This isn't your typical bass fishing tournament. As I was driving back to the hotel from the weigh-in site, I see a flash of a bass boat though the trees. I pull over to the Bayou Club, a fine establishment in Orange full of regulars enjoying a liquid lunch. They allow me out back on the deck, where I find Kota Kiriyama working hard. The owner says she's seen bass boats up and down the creek out back all week. I watch Kota for a little while and need to head back. Unfortunately I'm on the clock so I didn't get to stay longer.
Get a GoPro look at the Day 1 launch of the Bassmaster Elite at Sabine River.
The Oak Grove High School Fishing Team made it onto the local news.
Skeet Reese is the first angler of the tournament to break the 10-pound mark. Here that is a big deal. In 2013, Reese caught 12 pounds and 7 ounces to finish in 47th place overall, which got him paid for the week. Just two hours into Day 1 of the 2015 event, Reese already has 10 to 11 pounds. There is no doubt that there is a happy camper standing on the front deck of his yellow Ranger, but as a true professional of the sport there are no moral victories. Now that he has double-digits he will want even more and that's how this game is played.
Anglers finally hit the water for the Bassmaster Elite at Sabine River Presented by STARK Cultural Venues.
The Bassmaster Elite at Sabine River Presented by STARK Cultural Venues waits on the fog to clear so it can begin.
I can’t honestly say how I’m going to do in this week’s season-opening Bassmaster Elite Series event on the Sabine River.
So how are the 2015 Elite Series rookies going to stack up?
It took three years of dogged determination for Minnesota bass angler Seth Feider to achieve his goal of qualifying for the Bassmaster Elite Series.
Elite Series pros meet, eat, and prepare to compete in the Bassmaster Elite at Sabine River Presented by STARK Cultural Venues.