Matt Reed has had a frustrating day so far. He has two small bass in the livewell, but he's had eight bites. "I've caught two, lost two and missed four," Reed said. "I can't make 'em hold it." Reed attributes those short strikes to the cloudy weather. He's hoping that he doesn't have to weigh-in either of the fish he's got now, one in particular." "I've got one in there that barely touches," Reed said, referring to the 14-inch minimum length limit.
Kelley Jaye has his fifth fish in the boat. Now time for some culling.
Jeremy Starks has three fish for over 15 pounds. He just missed a giant that left teeth marks behind for evidence. Photo by Jim Gilbert.
Jeremy Starks lands another Falcon giant. Photo by Jim Gilbert.
Looks like your typical fishing tournament. All the guys were complaining at registration last night saying that they weren't going to catch them. And right now my phone is being lit up by all the anglers' Marshals with pictures of 5- to 8-pound fish. Falcon may not be what it was, but its certainly no Sabine. What will be interesting to see is if these early fish on Day One are coming off beds. Several guys did say they had a few spawners found, but that for the most part it's going to be a postspawn deal.
Elites hit the water for the first day of the Rigid Industries Falcon Slam.
Hank Cherry has a 5-pounder in the boat already, but he's, in his words, "Killing time until the sun comes out and I go to the trees." Cherry had five bites on the first day of practice, two of which he landed — a 10 1/2-pounder and a 7. "Those three others ran off into the trees," Cherry said. "I don't know what they were — bass, catfish, alligator gar — but it was something."
Kelly Jaye's first fish looks to be about 7 pounds.