Topics: 2013 Elite Series Sabine River Challenge Presented by STARK Cultural Venues

Sexton has Stihl Timbersports future

Mar 17, 2013

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor crossing a log with a $10,000 camera shall keep us from our appointed blogging rounds.   Jim Sexton demonstrates that he has a future in log rolling on the Stihl Timbersports tour as we returned from a hike in the woods along Bayou D'Inde to catch up with Jeff Kriet.   There is some thick stuff along the bayou, but there are mobile homes and houses nearby every stretch of this water. So there are clear paths to take, and logs to cross.

A limit for Faircloth

Mar 17, 2013

We just moved again, maybe about a quarter mile west. The wind is really  picking up here, probably gusting to 15 miles per hour or so from time to time. And just like clockwork, Todd Faircloth yanked another keeper from Big Hill Bayou. He seems very comfortable today. Not sure what's going through his mind, but he has to be thrilled with what's he doing so far this morning.

Kriet trying to stay calm

Mar 17, 2013

 

Strike that 4-pound estimate for Faircloth

Mar 17, 2013

Strike that 4-pound estimate. Faircloth's boat reports that last fish was a 5-pounder.

Faircloth feeling good after pulling up a 4-pounder

Mar 17, 2013

You think Faircloth likes this spot? Five minutes later, he just pulled out what looks like a 4-pounder. Wow! Swimbait? Looks like it. Todd just shouted out loud. He's feeling it for sure.

Dennis Tietje boats keeper No. 2

Mar 17, 2013

Tietje has another in the boat.

Tietje has his first fish today

Mar 17, 2013

TJ putting the first keeper in the livewell. Photo by Chris Smith

Local says Faircloth is in a good spot

Mar 17, 2013

Just took a 5-minute airboat ride on land -- well marsh. My driver T-Roy Broussard said he just put us on the best spot in the area. He should know, after 40-plus years of fishing out here. That's probably why Todd Faircloth is about 150 yards from us. He's about to work a patch of grass in the middle of this flat. He's got five fish now, obviously happy. And not a second before I type this, he just boated what looks like a 3-pounder. He's happy, for sure!!

Bass are in a different mood

Mar 17, 2013

I just had a brief conversation with Alton Jones right after he put his first keeper in the boat. Jones has also caught several short fish recently. "These fish have changed today," Jones said. "They aren't in the thick stuff like they were yesterday. They're spawning. You can't see them, but that's what is going on. "I'm fishing more out, and I've changed baits from that Woolly Bugger to a Yum Dinger. They're eating it. I'm going to catch a big one in a minute."

Virgin water

Mar 17, 2013

  Jones and Rojas are fishing in close proximity again, near the bridge.

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