It took three years of dogged determination for Minnesota bass angler Seth Feider to achieve his goal of qualifying for the Bassmaster Elite Series.
A repeat of 2013 may well be in the works for the Elites competing in this year's season opener on the Sabine River.
The Sabine River has proved to be a fickle fishery even with the majority of the Elite Series anglers coming to Orange, Texas, for the second time.
The state of Texas has gotten like 400 inches of rain, snow and ice over the past several weeks, so the system is high and muddy.
Mark Zona looked at each event this season and predicted what will happen and who will win.
Brent Ehrler and Ish Monroe were easy picks for reigning Classic champ Casey Ashley on the Sabine.
Iyobe, 36, is from Japan and he’s now a rookie entering his first season of competition in the Bassmaster Elite Series.
LAKE CHARLES, La. — One minute James Holbrook was reeling in a 2-pound bass caught on his first cast of the day. The next minute he had a crankbait and Bassmaster Elite Series pro Dennis Tietje's face in, uh, an unfortunate place – Holbrook's crotch. Blood was spilled, which is nothing new for Holbrook. He survived an AK-47 round to the helmet and suffered shrapnel wounds in his forehead and both knees in 2007, while serving as a Navy Hospital Corpsmen in Afghanistan's Korangal Valley.
The Sabine River should be a Fantasy Fishing competitor’s worst nightmare — long runs, wads of little fish, and long distances between them with nothing but prop-chewing obstacles to get in the way.
Gene Bishop of Ridgeland, Miss., stumbled the first day with less than 9 pounds, only to rocket to the winner’s circle.