2011 Elite Series - Trokar Battle on the Bayou
Toledo Bend Reservoir - Many, LA, Apr 14 - 17, 2011

Gary Klein's tournament diary: Toledo Bend Day One

This was a tough tournament for me. I feel really letdown, especially when I know that the majority of the bass are being caught flipping, and that's one of my strengths.

Gary Klein

April 14, 2011
Toledo Bend Day One

Well, on the first day I brought in a limit weighing 15 pounds, 15 ounces, and I'm currently in 23rd place. It's about what I thought I'd need to weigh to stay in the hunt.

 I really can't complain about my day. I enjoyed being out there and caught every fish that bit, but it wasn't easy. I caught my fish on about five different baits, stayed in one area and just worked the fish out.

 I had higher expectations than what I weighed in, but -- like I always say -- you have to go out there, make the most of your opportunities and maximize your day. That was the best I could do given the fish I found.

 The wind is playing a big factor out here and it will continue to do so on Friday. I ran a wind pattern during practice, and I'll give it a try today if it's windy in the morning.

 I'm staying confident and focused and taking the fish one at a time and the tournament a day at a time. I think I'm close to catching a 20-pound bag; I can feel it.

 I'm also looking forward to Day Two. You can't win one of these things in one day. I managed to stay in the hunt with my catch yesterday, but I obviously need to step things up if I'm going to have a successful tournament. To do that, I'll need to stay with the fish, and they're moving.

 They're getting off the banks -- a little more each day. I know that several of the leaders are catching fish off beds, but I plan to move offshore if the wind will let me. I think I have a good plan for Day Two.

 You know, Toledo Bend is one of the very best bass lakes in Texas, and that's saying a lot. It's a bass factory, and I wouldn't be shocked to see someone come in with 27 or 28 pounds on Friday. It's that good.

 I'm excited about the second round. I think I can catch a big bag!