Pete
Robbins

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Veteran outdoor writer Pete Robbins provides a fan's perspective of B.A.S.S. complemented by an insider's knowledge of the sport. Follow him on Twitter at @fishywriting.

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One set of headlights

One set of headlights

By Pete Robbins

At 5:40, Chris Zaldain is still the only angler in the boatyard, taliing excitedly and getting ready.He said yesterday was a dream day -- no camera boat, no spectators, just Chris and his Marshal...

A sack and a smile

A sack and a smile

By Pete Robbins

Chris Zaldain was the first angler in the boatyard, bearing a big smile and a shopping bag."Dream scenario," he said. "Going into the last day of the Classic and they're biting a swimbait."The bag...

Spot within the spot

Spot within the spot

By Pete Robbins

Adrian Avena doesn't know if he will start on the bridge he shares with Cliff Pirch yesterday. He said if he drives by and sees Pirch there he probably won't.The area itself is limited and Avena...

Avena is back

Avena is back

By Pete Robbins

After Pirch made his intentions clear to make a long run downriver, we decided to head back to his starting spot just to check it out. Adrian Avena was back. He said he scrounged up a limit...

Finally, movement

Finally, movement

By Pete Robbins

After spending the entire morning in a 40 yard radius, Pirch rapidly trolling motored out of his backwater. At 12:50 he started up his Suzuki and made a 2-mile run down the river.We are not sure if...

Company on the fly

Company on the fly

By Pete Robbins

Avena may have left a couple of hours ago, but Pirch briefly had company in the form of two young anglers in a Jon boat, one of them fly fishing. They did not loiter in his key zone, instead moving...

Pirch taking his time

Pirch taking his time

By Pete Robbins

After a 45 minute period of heavy action, Pirch has now experienced a lull of nearly an hour. If he is feeling the pressure, he's not showing it.instead he has shown the fortitude to slow down even...

Avena bailing?

Avena bailing?

By Pete Robbins

Adrian Avena said that this area has two windows, early and late. "Obviously we missed this window," he explained. He plans to leave in no more than 15 minutes.Meanwhile, Pirch has moved about 75...

Heating up

Heating up

By Pete Robbins

In this stained backwater the water is the warmest I've seen so far. Shad are flipping and while the air is still cold, the sun is out.

Spin to win?

Spin to win?

By Pete Robbins

Pirch is using a spinning rod, the first one I have seen in this event. He is not using a finesse technique per se, but perhaps the downsizing gives him an advantage on pressured fish, even if it...

Too short

Too short

By Pete Robbins

After patiently sharing the small area with Avena at his side, Pirch finally hooked up. Alas, the fish did not measure but it shows that there might be reason to stick it out. They are fishing a...

A current affair

A current affair

By Pete Robbins

The TVA is pulling 67000 cfs today, about the same as yesterday, but 30,000 less than a week ago. Still, up at the takeoff we had to put rhe outboard at 1500 RPMs just to stay in place.That same...

The Golden Ram

Clifford Pirch, 3rd, 16-11

The Golden Ram

By Pete Robbins

Today Andy Crawford and I will be following 3rd-place angler Clifford Pirch, which is significant for a number of reasons. First, he's the only current Elite near the top of the standings. Second,...

Bedding fish?

Bedding fish?

By Pete Robbins

We found Randy Pierson spotlocked in place in the back of a cove and fishing off the back deck painfully slowly. It looked like he was fishing for a bedding bass but the 52 degree water temperature...

Leaving 'em biting

Leaving 'em biting

By Pete Robbins

As we idled away from Roy Hawk we turned around to see him battling another fish. This one culled to improve his catch. He pumped his fist and laughed at our poor timing. At this rate he may be...

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