It didn’t feel like déjà vu Friday on Lake Havasu, but it should have.
Justin Lucas enjoyed a couple minutes all to himself backstage Sunday. As the Day 3 leader, Lucas would be the last man to weigh in. After Aaron Martens’ fish had been weighed, Martens was all but conceding the Sacramento Bassmaster Elite at Sacramento River title while talking to emcee Dave Mercer on stage. Lucas savored the moment.
With three top-heavy buckets, odds are good one or two of these odds-on favorites are going to win their bucket and maybe the event.
Lake Havasu is certainly closer to the finesse side of the spectrum than that of the Cal Delta, although power fishing proved to be a player in another event here earlier in the year.
I’m going to make selections based on value, pros with low ownership percentages combined with high probabilities of doing well.
Justin Lucas may have won the Sacramento Bassmaster Elite at the Sacramento River, but Chris Zaldain won the Bassmaster Fantasy Fishing points battle this weekend.
Turning 29 on Friday, it’s hard to imagine Justin Lucas has accomplished all he’s going to in professional bass fishing. But wherever he goes from here, it’ll be hard for him to top what he experienced in his home win in the Sacramento Bassmaster Elite at Sacramento River.
After seeing his weight drop precipitously for the second day in a row, Chris Zaldain is headed towards home. He'll head a lot closer to his hometown of San Jose in hopes the tide is right.
Justin Lucas knows he’s on the verge of something special as he leads the Sacramento Bassmaster Elite at Sacramento River with a three-day total of 66-14.
It’s the California youngsters vs. the veterans as two generations of Golden State anglers top the Sacramento leaderboard.