Faircloth’s win — his fourth Bassmaster Elite Series title and second in Texas — was a victory in a four-day tug-of-war with Dean Rojas.
Get a bird's-eye view of the Sabine River system and see what tight quarters some of the pros are fishing in.
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."
Even though the last man in Sunday's field is almost 12 pounds behind the leader, everyone still standing has a slugger's chance.
Elite pro found himself two shy of limit until the final minutes of play on Day Three.
By noon, Bassmaster Elite Series pro Todd Faircloth from Jasper, Texas, had a five-fish limit on a river system that has left many other Elites struggling to bring three or four fish to the scales.
Anglers take another shot at the Sabine River System.
Day One of the 2013 Bassmaster Elite Series event on the Sabine River out of Orange, Texas, was tough, but was it the toughest day in Elite history?
Carhartt Big Bass leader starts the day - and tournament - off right for Elite pro Dean Rojas.
ORANGE, Texas — Despite 13 Elite Series anglers failing to catch a single 14-inch bass and another 27 boating only one, everybody expects he's still got a shot at the Sabine River Challenge $100,000 first-place check. Sure, Dean Rojas seems like a favorite after Thursday since he managed a five-bass limit weighing 15 pounds, 10 ounces. Mark Davis (13-13) and Cliff Crochet (13-0) are in great shape too. But no one is confident about repeating anything on this river system.