That doesn't mean you can't win fishing upriver. It just means your likelihood of winning is greater if you don't. Then again, Elite winners often do something significantly different than the rest of the field – we'll have to see what happens.
All of that said, it'll be no surprise that the Habitat Factors graph shows that wins and high finishes come around mostly shallow structure and cover.
The Weights by Month graph for this Pattern Report shows that whoever wins this derby will have to average in the mid- to high teens per day, with high finishers at around 15 pounds per day.
Note that even though only a few patterns from Elite-level events went into this report, usually the weights are caught by local sticks who know the lake and hold up on the Elite level. Then again, once in a while an Elite winner will blow that average out of the water.
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