That was one of the fastest, shortest take-offs in the history of the Elites. These 12 anglers were primed to go. And B.A.S.S. was primed to let them go after a day off. So it went quick at the dock. And a couple hundred yards later John Crews was at his first stop. He's literally fishing across the creek from the take off. He busted a big bag here Saturday to make the final. Interestingly enough, just 800 yards up the creek and within sight is Rick Clunn.
It's commonly stated that anyone can win among 12 finalists on Day Four of an Elite Series event. That's often more about hopes than facts. But at Falcon Lake it's reality. Yes, anybody can win on this rare Day Four Monday at the Rigid Industries Falcon Slam.
There's no better way of celebrating Falcon Lake than seeing, talking about and catching its enormous bass. Take a few minutes to read what Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine had to say about the renowned fishery. Big Bass on the Border Falcon is so hot, anglers can follow the smoke to the lake. By Larry D. Hodge A constant struggle takes place along the Texas-Mexico border, with millions of dollars at stake.
The Top 12 pros weren't expecting to have to sit today out. See what they did when they couldn't compete.
We ran into Brandon Card outside the Holiday Restaurant. "I just got done with a glorious three-hour nap," Card said. The young angler is refreshed enough he's looking for something to do. The bowling alley is closed. So he's wondering if there's something to do in Laredo. After several minutes of wondering and talking, he masterfully talked Shaye Baker into shooting some photos today for his sponsor use.
I'm almost positive B.A.S.S. has never had an event in a more dusty environment. It's been relentless. When it's windy, it's terrible. Dust gets in everything. So we weren't surprised to find Cliff Prince at the car wash, hosing off his truck. We didn't have the heart to tell him the truck would be dusty and dirty again by sunset. In the stall next to him is Jason Williamson. He's cleaning boat and truck.
We found Billy McCaghren in one of the fish camps nearby. We say we found him. His boat and truck were parked there. A rap or two on the door produced no reply. We can only assume McCaghren is taking a well-needed nap. We won't bust that up. We expect a lot of these guys are doing the same.
We caught up with Cliff Crochet at his room at the Holiday Inn. He's laying on his bed, no shirt and watching television. "I'm just chilling," Crochet said with his thick Cajun drawl. "I'm not answering phone calls, just texts and taking it easy." Crochet, who is a borderline comedian, adds that if "anyone want any advice on how I got this body, have them call me." He never moved as we snapped a few pictures and talked about tomorrow for a short time.
We have learned that Jason Christie and Edwin Evers can't get enough of fishing. Instead of taking off, they've headed to Laredo to spend the day fishing a lake there.
What does an Elite angler do on a s day that has been postponed? We really don't know. So we are rummaging around Zapata trying to find out.