Dustin Cash snapped this awesome action shot of the G-Man hooking up.
Cliff Crochet just caught his first keeper of the day. It was clearly a relief for him. He's laughing and talking more now. With Ponds and Klein fishing nearby, we asked Cliff if the crowd bothered him. He smiled and said, "As long as we keep this far apart, it's no problem." Ponds and Klein are about 100 yards away from each other. With Crochet in the middle. But each is on a separate canal and they can't see each other.
Bill Lowen with keeper No. 2. Photo by Doug Guins.
Elite Series rookie Chad Pipkins working hard on Day Two.
Todd Faircloth boats a healthy Sabine River bass.
We caught up with Cliff Crochet this morning. He finished Day One sitting at No. 3 on the leaderboard. He's fishing some little canals right now. Pete Ponds is just around the corner, and just caught a small fish he tossed back in. Gary Klein is nearby as well. Cliff has no keepers so far today. He joked with us a little bit, but mostly he's staying quiet and focused right now.
Try as we might, we "wordsmiths" don't put things in as great a perspective as the anglers who are out here walking the walk, talking the talk, so to speak. So I'll just offer you this exchange, a snippet from a conversation I had this morning from no less an authority than 2012 Bassmaster Classic winner Chris Lane. We caught up for a moment to discuss this tournament and the huge expanse of water these guys are attempting to cover this week.