So many fans of the Bassmaster Elite Series turned out in Orange, Texas, for the March 14-17 Sabine River Challenge presented by STARK Cultural Venues, attendance records were not only broken, they were smashed.
As most of you know by now, I lost control of my boat and ended up on the bank during the Sabine River Challenge.
When looking at the Sabine's performance last week, one thing is clear. If it wasn't the toughest event in Elite history, it certainly ranks no worse (better?) than second.
Todd Faircloth rebounded on Day Four to win in his home state.
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I guess it's normal before any of us arrive at a tournament, to think about who's going to be atop the leaderboard. I was doing just that on my ride over here from home in south Louisiana. One name that popped up? Bill Lowen. He's a really solid stick, as you all know, and the river fishery here in Orange seemed to suit the Indiana angler well. Unlike many of his fellow pros who were running many miles to find their bites, Lowen stayed close this week. His instincts paid off -- the deep-seated knowledge only many days on the water can provide.
The contender's experiences on Day Four were as varied as their locations.