Going into yesterday, there were only two Elite anglers who had brought a limit to the scales each day they were on the water. Now there’s just one.
Usually, at this stage of the season, there are a few dozen anglers who have limited every day. That’s because the early season usually offers the best fishing. Bass are typically shallow, getting ready to spawn and feeding heavily. But the season opened on the Sabine River, which can hardly be described as a great bass fishery, and only two anglers escaped with a limit for each day they competed — Bill Lowen and Ish Monroe. Even tournament winner Todd Faircloth couldn’t catch a limit all four days on the brutal Sabine.
Lowen and Monroe both got through Falcon with limits each day they fished. Lowen missed the first cut, but had five on each of the first two days. Monroe limited on the first three days before missing the final cut.
Then Lowen and Monroe limited on the first two days at Bull Shoals. Lowen missed the cut to the top 50 in 66th place, but Monroe (having the best season of his career) made it, and fished on Day 3. That’s when his streak ended. He came to the scales with just three keepers and finished 41st.
So Bill Lowen is the only remaining angler who has a chance to limit on every day he competes in 2013. Last year four anglers did it.