During registration for the Bass Pro Shop Bassmaster Elite at Sabine River presented by Econo Lodge most anglers dismissed the notion that the tide would play a factor in the tournament.
For the average Elite angler, a difference in a 1’-1’6” tide is practically unnoticeable, for river rat Cliff Prince, that 1/2 of a foot makes all of the difference.
The St. John’s river native is patiently waiting on the slow incoming tide, one of four tides today — two low tides and two high tides.
“The tide should come in within the next couple of hours,” Prince said. “That’s when they’ve been biting.”
“I’m fishing like I do at home, and I’m comfortable.”
Comfort is key for Prince this week as he sits in 100th place in AOY.
“This is make or break for the AOY Championship... I’ve got to catch them.”
Prince has one bass in the well, after sorting through a couple “monster” mudfish.