Somewhere between Orange, Texas, and Lake Havasu City, Ariz., rookie angler Stephen Longobardi believes he abandoned the very principles that helped him qualify for this year’s Bassmaster Elite Series.
Everything was going great. Bassmaster Elite Series rookies Matt and Jordan Lee were holding their own a third of the way through the season in the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year (AOY) race. Heck, Jordan was even leading the Rookie of the Year race. Now, Jordan and Matt sit inside room #300 at the Lake Havasu City Quality Inn eating an In-N-Out burger and licking their wounds. They just finished 99th and 101st respectively.
James Niggemeyer’s trip back from the Western swing turned worrisome for the Elite Series pro, but he’s grateful his family is fine after a tornado devastated their hometown of Van, Texas.
The secret to Martens' success on Havasu was finding blackbirds.
Aaron Martens focused on areas with plenty of nesting blackbirds for his Lake Havasu victory.
Edwin Evers' 40-point big-bag bonus and his 5-point Day 1 leader bonus pushed him head-and-shoulders above anyone in his bucket.
Lake Havasu City resident could cap it off with a win.
Home-state angler Cliff Pirch caught five bass that weighed 14 pounds, 15 ounces Saturday and held onto the top spot on Lake Havasu, although Takahiro Omori had a big day and trails by less than a pound.
It didn’t feel like déjà vu Friday on Lake Havasu, but it should have.
After two days, the Bassmaster Elite at Lake Havasu has turned into a neck-and-neck battle between two home-state pros, Cliff Pirch and John Murray, with a star-studded cast on lurking nearby.