With the spawning season fading throughout most of the Southern states, heavy rains and flooding conditions have opened a different set of opportunities for anglers.
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.
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.
Edwin Evers was one of 20 anglers to bring at least 16 pounds to the scales, another testament to the improvement of the fishing on this scenic fishery.
Michael Iaconelli had a “magical day” in the Diet Mtn Dew Bassmaster Elite at Lake Guntersville, taking the opening-round lead with a weight of 28 pounds, 2 ounces.
To the average fisherman, the idea of making a 240-mile round-trip run by boat for the chance to fish for 2 1/2 hours during the season-opening Bassmaster Elite Series event on the Sabine River might have seemed far-fetched.
As tough as fishing was, there were a lot of good things going on in Orange, Texas, during the Elite week.
ORANGE, Texas -- Chris Lane left the City of Orange Boat Ramp Sunday morning with a clear game plan in mind. He was going to make a lengthy run to the grassy canals and ditches where he had caught the majority of his fish during the first three days of the Bassmaster Elite at Sabine River presented by STARK Cultural Venues. But if the fish were no longer biting there due to the heavy rains that fell across the region Saturday, he was going back to the main body of the Sabine to win or lose the event.
Heavy rain and rising muddy water that hit the Sabine Saturday virtually created a blank slate for Sunday's finale.
Anglers are bracing for a tough, competitive tournament when a couple of keeper bites could make the difference between a big check and a middle-of-the-pack finish.