Bass fishing fans come in all sizes. Tararra Babez brought her son, Austin, 6, and daughter, Aubree, 5, to watch Dean Rojas fish Bayou D'Indie this morning. "We live just a few miles from here," Tararra said. "Not many locals fish here." Tararra called her husband on her cell phone to get advice on other places we might intercept Rojas, Alton Jones and Jeff Kriet as we follow them from the banks of Bayou D'Indie.
No matter where the Elite Series anglers go, they manage to find bass where local anglers don't expect. Bayou D'Inde is the latest example. While following leader Dean Rojas up this narrow bayou, we met Sammy and Candi Hall of Orange. They are both avid bass anglers who have been following every minute of the Sabine River Challenge.
There are five boats with us following Faircloth. They are hanging way back with us. Understanding this flat is very shallow, no one wants to mess up Todd's bite. Looks like he just caught a non-keeper. It's very still right now -- muggy, overcast.
The Top 12 head out for the final day of competition on the Sabine River.
Faircloth just jerked three times, looks like he was on something nice. He may have boated a male. We are about 250 yards from him, a guesstimate.
In addition to Dean Rojas and Jeff Kriet, Alton Jones has some extra company sharing D'Inde Bayou this morning.
Dean Rojas and Alton Jones have arrived back in the same location they fished yesterday -- in the Bayou D'inde area near Sulphur, La. They are fishing in a drainage ditch. Jones got here first. Rojas was 30 seconds behind. Rojas pulled up right next to Jones, no more than 10 yards away. Perhaps making the point that he would not back down. That he was not going to give up his spot without a fight. Rojas complained publicly yesterday about another Elite Series angler poaching his area. Today we're seeing that drama play out.
Found Faircloth. He is on a place called Big Hill Bayou. It is about a foot and a half deep on a big flat surrounded by the J.D. Murphree Wildlife Management Area.
On the water looking for Faircloth. He's about 7 miles from where we launched. Slightly overcast, a bit humid.
In On the Road, Jack Kerouac called the Sabine an "evil old river" and "the mansion of the snake," noting "we could almost hear the slither of a million copperheads."