Strike that 4-pound estimate. Faircloth's boat reports that last fish was a 5-pounder.
You think Faircloth likes this spot? Five minutes later, he just pulled out what looks like a 4-pounder. Wow! Swimbait? Looks like it. Todd just shouted out loud. He's feeling it for sure.
TJ putting the first keeper in the livewell. Photo by Chris Smith
Just took a 5-minute airboat ride on land -- well marsh. My driver T-Roy Broussard said he just put us on the best spot in the area. He should know, after 40-plus years of fishing out here. That's probably why Todd Faircloth is about 150 yards from us. He's about to work a patch of grass in the middle of this flat. He's got five fish now, obviously happy. And not a second before I type this, he just boated what looks like a 3-pounder. He's happy, for sure!!
I just had a brief conversation with Alton Jones right after he put his first keeper in the boat. Jones has also caught several short fish recently. "These fish have changed today," Jones said. "They aren't in the thick stuff like they were yesterday. They're spawning. You can't see them, but that's what is going on. "I'm fishing more out, and I've changed baits from that Woolly Bugger to a Yum Dinger. They're eating it. I'm going to catch a big one in a minute."
Jones and Rojas are fishing in close proximity again, near the bridge.
Bass fishing fans come in all sizes. Tararra Babez brought her son, Austin, 6, and daughter, Aubree, 5, to watch Dean Rojas fish Bayou D'Indie this morning. "We live just a few miles from here," Tararra said. "Not many locals fish here." Tararra called her husband on her cell phone to get advice on other places we might intercept Rojas, Alton Jones and Jeff Kriet as we follow them from the banks of Bayou D'Indie.
No matter where the Elite Series anglers go, they manage to find bass where local anglers don't expect. Bayou D'Inde is the latest example. While following leader Dean Rojas up this narrow bayou, we met Sammy and Candi Hall of Orange. They are both avid bass anglers who have been following every minute of the Sabine River Challenge.