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. He blogs about fishing travel at www.halfpastfirstcast.com

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MDJ with three

MDJ with three

By Pete Robbins

MDJ made a 5-minute run downriver, stopped, and quickly hooked up. That largemouth made two, one of each. It has to take the prsessure off a little.After catching a short fish, MDJ made a short...

Stop No. 2, fish No. 1

Stop No. 2, fish No. 1

By Pete Robbins

At his second stop, MDJ finally hooked up and put his first fish in the boat, a beautiful 3 1/2 pound smallmouth.The ice is broken, the sun is popping out and the water is glass calm. He has three...

MDJ cranking

MDJ cranking

By Pete Robbins

MDJ has arrived at his first spot and is carefully cranking down the bank.This is the first time I have followed him on the water and the thing that has stood out the most so far is his casting...

A Classic first?

A Classic first?

By Pete Robbins

Unless my memory is going haywire, the Classic has never been won on a swimbait. Chris Zaldain is hoping to change that today.The California native is primarily relying on a Megabass MagDraft in...

Ike's gift from Ott

Ike's gift from Ott

By Pete Robbins

One of the two crankbaits that Ike is relying upon for most of his bites is an out-of-production Rapala DT Flat 3. Apparently fellow competitor Ott DeFoe amassed quite the collection of them...

Following MDJ

Following MDJ

By Pete Robbins

Andy Crawford and I have reached the Concord ramp, ready to follow Mark Daniels Jr today. Anxious to see him cranking up shallow, concerned about how spectator traffic might affect his bite.This is...

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...

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