Carhartt Big Bass leader starts the day - and tournament - off right for Elite pro Dean Rojas.
ORANGE, Texas — Despite 13 Elite Series anglers failing to catch a single 14-inch bass and another 27 boating only one, everybody expects he's still got a shot at the Sabine River Challenge $100,000 first-place check. Sure, Dean Rojas seems like a favorite after Thursday since he managed a five-bass limit weighing 15 pounds, 10 ounces. Mark Davis (13-13) and Cliff Crochet (13-0) are in great shape too. But no one is confident about repeating anything on this river system.
The Sabine River read sort of like a Dr. Seuss book on Thursday when the opening round of the 2013 Elite Series Sabine River Challenge began here in east Texas.
The Elite Series anglers will be spread far and wide on the Sabine River system on Day 1 in hopes of putting together enough weight to stay in the competition.
Unlike the challenge of making contact with a fluttering baseball, the goal for the Bassmaster Elite Series anglers has been just the opposite – not making contact.
Pros share their initial impressions of the vast Sabine River system, and what it will take to win the first Elite Series event on these waters.
The pros opine about the fishery and offer their favorites for the first Elite tournament on this river.
The 2013 Elite Series campaign is nearly underway, and all 100 anglers remain tied ... for now. There’s no first place, no last place, and perhaps most significantly, no second place.
At the premier Elite event of the season, dozens of anglers and B.A.S.S. will remember the victims of the Sandy Hook School tragedy.