2012 Elite Series St. Johns River Showdown St. Johns River - Palatka, FL, Mar 15 - 18, 2012

St. Johns: Fishing blind

Stephen Browning
James Overstreet
Elite Series pro Stephen Browning entered Day Two in 12th place after weighing in 18 pounds, 5 ounces on Day One of the St. Johns River Showdown.

PALATKA, Fla. — Stephen Browning’s Thursday catch of a 6-pound, 7-ounce bedding bass brought a whole new meaning to the term “sight fishing.”

“I fished for her about 30 minutes and couldn’t get her. Then I changed my boat angle just a little bit. The first cast after that, I had her,” he said.

Coincidence? No. The bass was in about 2 feet of water, and Browning noticed something about the fish.

“I could see she was blind on her right side. After I got over on her bad side, she bit,” he said.

The Hot Springs, Ark., pro was in 12th place after one day with 18-5.