We can already start to make some educated guesses about who's in the hunt for AOY and who needs to get things in gear before this year gets away from them.
Alton Jones tells his side of the story on why he didn't follow the "unwritten rule" when it came to a key 30-yard stretch of water that he and Dean Rojas were sharing at the Sabine River Challenge Presented by STARK Cultural Venues.
See Dean Rojas in action on the Sabine.
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.