With the Southern Swing complete, Pat Renwick scored a coup of sorts by getting the three recent Bassmaster Elite Series winners together for his webcast show, Stray Casts.
While there were congratulations, lure discussions and jocularities aplenty, Renwick’s best brainstorm was to have the winners ask questions of the other winners. It provided a look into what the pros want to know of other pros.
Brandon Palaniuk, who won his fifth blue trophy at Santee Cooper Lakes on Oct. 11, was first up. He asked Lee Livesay, who put on a frog fishing clinic to win at Chickamauga Lake on Oct. 19, about something that bothered him.
“I want to know how many fish jumped over Lee’s frog and never touched it?” Palaniuk said. “It looked like every single one that even attempted to eat it, swallowed it, and every single one I had jumped about 4 feet over my frog. How many ever missed it?”
Livesay, who was fishing mats in extremely shallow water, said he had plenty of wayward explosions, but most were not seen on Bassmaster LIVE.
“I thought they were showing all the misses, but they weren’t,” said Livesay, who had between 20 to 40 attempted bites each day but still said it was a struggle to catch six or seven keepers each day. “I only lost one on all four days.”
Frank Talley, who began the back-to-back-to-back events with a win on Lake Guntersville on Oct. 3, noted the difficulties on The Chick, which like the other venues was in the fall transition. Out of 220 chances, there were only 59 limits caught, much worse than Guntersville (135) or Santee Cooper (143). Livesay and third-place Jake Whitaker were the only anglers to catch limits all four days on Chickamauga.
“I’d like to know how the hell he caught a limit every day? It was brutal out there,” Talley said.
“It was,” Livesay responded. “I got lucky. Somebody always gets on that deal, and it was finally my turn. That’s all it was.”
Talley followed by saying it was impressive how consistent Livesay was, with bags of 13-0, 13-3, 16-13 and 15-2 to win with 58-2.