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Local knowledge

Local knowledge

By Andy Crawford

Cliff Prince didn’t stay in Dunn’s Creek long. He quickly headed down the river, apparently falling back on his local experience on the St. Johns River.He made one stop, watching his graph, and...

New makes crucial cull

New makes crucial cull

By Andy Crawford

Elite rookie Bryan New told me he needed to get rid of a 2-pounder when I pulled up to cover him about 45 minutes ago.He just dropped that smallest bass back into the St. Johns River after caching...

Water temp is key

Water temp is key

By Andy Crawford

Derek Hudnall is way back in a very shallow creek targeting spawning bass - and the warm days can only help his cause.Water temperature is a tad over 70 degrees, so there should be more spawners...

Hudnall with 6 pounds

Hudnall with 6 pounds

By Andy Crawford

Derek Hudnall just landed his second bass to give him a 6-pound total for today.That puts him in second place, according to BASSTrakk, behind Mark Menendez.The trick for Hudnall will be upgrading...

Hudnall on the board

Hudnall on the board

By Andy Crawford

Derek Hudnall just landed his first fish of the day, a solid 3 3/4-pounder.And he just missed another bass - three times.“There’s a big female right there,” he said. “I caught the male off (the bed...

Hudnall all alone

Hudnall all alone

By Andy Crawford

It’s rare an Elite angler has water all to himself, but that’s the position Louisiana’s Derek Hudnall finds himself in.The pro is off the St. Johns River, with not another competitor in sight. The...

Short-timers

Short-timers

By Andy Crawford

Elite Series rookie Justin Atkins said has one bass in the livewell, but it’s not one that will help him.He said he’s really is disappointed with what he found in a series of canals off the St....

Foggy Dunn’s Creek

Foggy Dunn’s Creek

By Andy Crawford

With the start of the 2021 AFTCO Bassmaster Elite at St. John’s River on hold because of fog, my boater and I drove to Dunn’s Creek to check out the situation.And there is a blanket of thick fog...

Hackney starting over

Hackney starting over

By Andy Crawford

Greg Hackney is far from a rookie on the St. Johns River. However, he said he found a waterway much changed since his last tournament out of Palatka, Fla.“The last time I was here was 2016,”...

Feider is 'scared'

Feider is 'scared'

By Andy Crawford

Seth Feider said he thought he had a decent practice — before he talked with some of the other competitors. “I was basing it on last year,” Feider said.“I was like, ‘I think I can catch 14 pounds.’...

A foggy start

A foggy start

By Andy Crawford

The field of competitors woke up this morning, the day before competition at the 2021 AFTCO Bassmaster Elite at St. Johns River, to thick fog blanketing the region. I walked down to the river, and...

Roark on a roll

Roark on a roll

By Andy Crawford

Josh Roark has climbed to the top of the leader board on Championship Saturday, with BASSTrakk showing him as the only anger with a limit halfway through the day.He’s at about 11 1/2 pounds, and he...

Storms setting in

Storms setting in

By Andy Crawford

I’m currently hunkered under a boathouse with rains hammering the lake - and thunder rumbling around us. We were following Joey Nania, who shows in third place in BASSTrakk, but he disappeared...

Kimura on the board

Kimura on the board

By Andy Crawford

Kenta Kimura, who started today in second, just landed his first fish of the day. It wasn’t a giant, but the little bass broke the ice on Kimura’s second stop. The catch should move him...

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