Latest Elite Series News

Chris Lane plugging away

Mar 22, 2014

Lane just keeps plugging away. He's culled for an ounce or two. And he's had a couple of misses, but the second lunker continues to elude. By my guess he has 20 or 30 minutes before he will have to leave. Maybe less. As soon as I type that he says "let's go." Evidently the feeling isn't panning out. But he's still had a good day.

Swindle boats a 7-pounder

Mar 22, 2014

Gerald Swindle is on fire, culling as he boats a 7-pounder. Photo by Marshal Jim Lind

Ponds is culling

Mar 22, 2014

Pete Ponds has a limit and is culling. Photo by Marshal Ron Moore

Chris Lane in OK shape

Mar 22, 2014

Driving through one of the idle zones, Lane said he felt like the bite was really tough today.   I guess when you go from 37 pounds to 19 or 20, you have a right to feel that way.   He knows he's in good shape, but he also knows one lunker weighing 5, 8 or better would put him in excellent shape.   He's still poking around. But feeling no bites.

Mercer gets up close and personal with Cliff Crochet

Mar 22, 2014

 

St. Johns in B.A.S.S. history

Mar 22, 2014

This is the 19th BASS event on the St. Johns River and third Elite event. The first B.A.S.S. event on the St. Johns was in 1973. The St. Johns is the fourth most visited venue in BASS history (behind Sam Rayburn, Guntersville and Okeechobee). Former winners include Shaw Grigsby (1999), Terry Scroggins (2001) and Elite champions Edwin Evers (2011) and Alton Jones (2012).

Chris Lane back where he started

Mar 22, 2014

Lane is back near where he started. He left here this morning because he wasn't "feeling" it. Be interesting to see if the feeling is here. Meanwhile I feel like Don Barone thinking about song lyrics using that word.

Minding our Ps and Qs

Mar 22, 2014

We are in the river making our way back, stopping occasionally and hitting a point or patch of pads every mile or so. Recreational boat traffic has picked up and there's a constant stream of boats passing behind. On our last stop I noticed the water patrol had a couple of boats pulled over for exceeding the 30-mph limit. We've been minding our Ps and Qs, so I was a little surprised when an officer boated up to us. We were about 100 yards from Lane. He wanted to know if we were with him.

Chris Lane is culling, but lost two

Mar 22, 2014

Lane fished through an area, catching three, culling a few ounces. But more importantly losing two.   He saw neither but said both felt like heavy fish.   He's getting ready to move again, headed upriver in the direction of Lake George.

Lane's lead

Mar 22, 2014

Chris Lane's 8-15 lead after two days is the fourth biggest in Elite history. Of the leads that were bigger, only Greg Gutierrez's 10-15 buffer after two days on Clear Lake in 2007 did not hold up. The biggest Elite lead after three days was 12-15 by Brandon Palaniuk at Bull Shoals in 2011; he went on to win.

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