Since only eight anglers have limited both days on the Sabine River, there's a pretty good chance that someone who hasn't limited will be in the hunt to win on Sunday. It's happened before. Three times in Elite history the winner did not limit every day. One winner failed to catch a limit on two of the competition days.
Alton Jones and Dean Rojas are fishing in close proximity at the moment. They've been in this same area all week, but this morning Jones, in the foreground of the photo, pulled up within casting distance of Rojas. Shortly after that, Jones drove around Rojas and pulled away. Rojas turned to the nearby camera crew and expressed a little bit of unhappiness.
Matt Herren, Stephen Browning and Cliff Pace are all fishing the "duck pond". Photo by Derek Mangold
Four of the anglers who made the cut to the top 50 today failed to catch a single keeper on one of the earlier two days. John Murray and Takahiro Omori zeroed on Day 1. They're 23rd and 36th, respectively. Hank Cherry (31st) and Matt Reed (40th) zeroed on Day 2. Getting skunked one day but making the first cut has only happened seven other times in Elite history, most recently in 2011 on the Arkansas River when Shaw Grigsby and Jonathon VanDam did it.
Cajun Baby Cliff Crochet is flipping like a DJ in some sort of 1979 disco. He's still working this same piece of water that produced for him Thursday and Friday. He just threw to a cypress knee and shook off what appeared to be a 12 or 13-inch fish. No keepers though, as far as any of us can tell.
The Sabine River is acting a little like that "mayhem" character in the Allstate TV commercials. It's leaving a mess in its wake. "I'm the Sabine River, and I'm in a bad mood. Think you can catch bass here? Guess again."
Unlike yesterday when he caught 12-4 and moved into 8th place with 20-6 overall, Kevin VanDam has Watermelon Bay to himself this morning. Four other anglers were in here with VanDam on Friday, but none made the top 50 cut. Well, VanDam is never alone when he's fishing an Elite Series event. However, even the armada of spectators is minor compared to normal KVD standards. There are only 10 observer boats following him at present.