Terry Scroggins is running and gunning, as much as anyone can do that way up in the Calcasieu River. He stopped where he caught his big fish yesterday and added his second keeper today. Then he was off again. Now he has joined Brent Chapman in another small backwater area off the main river channel. They are working opposite sides of the bank, within casting distance of each other. Photo by Kevin Robbins
Gary Klein just gave the hi sign as we meet near the water at this 2013 Elite Series opener. Gary is having a rough go of it so far it appears. His Marshal signaled one fish about 2 pounds. I am going to catch back up with Cliff Crochet and see what he has rolling right now.
We've mostly been watching Rojas today, but every once in a while we get near Jeff Kriet or Alton Jones. For the most part, they are each doing the same thing. Rojas, though, may have a little extra trick in his arsenal. I see him pick it up every once in a while, but as soon as one of the other competitors gets close he makes a little scramble to put it down. It's interesting to watch the poker game taking place in front of you.
This is Alton Jones' fifth fish for the livewell. Photo by Jim Gilbert
Rojas has started back under I-10. We've decided to not follow. The last time we chased him through there we followed a coon trail that was slightly treacherous carrying camera gear. I half expected to see a dead body or two on the way. It was cooler then. There were heron tracks, coon tracks an alligator slide. There was slight aromas of dead things. The kind of place you wouldn't mind having a gun with you. Now that it's warmer, we are going to stay in less slithery places, at least for the moment.
James Overstreet and I have spent the last hour, since KVD moved, searching for Terry Scroggins. We finally found him, laying on his boat deck with his Power Poles at half-mast, easing under a low wooden bridge. He's got one fish and had seven other bites.
Cliff Crochet has been working about a 2-mile stretch since 7:30 a.m. He just idled back into the same area hit about 15 minutes ago. Klein is not far and seemingly having the same issues -- high skies and slack bite.
Fred Roumbanis boated his first fish.