Daily Limit: Zaldain’s star rises

Divulging everything about his fish catches, Chris Zaldain left the Bassmaster Elite at Bull Shoals/Norfork with a lot more fans.

While he got a little competition from winner Randall Tharp on Sunday, Zaldain was the big star of the week on Bassmaster LIVE. He carried Friday’s first day. Of course, he was the only angler fishing on Bull Shoals Lake within cell range, so it was basically a solo show. But he delivered.

Bassmaster TV hosts Mark Zona and Tommy Sanders said his performance made the broadcast. Viewers also commented positively about how great Zaldain was at doling out the goods. He explained everything from his setup to exactly what the fish were doing.

The only surprise he left was what he planned to do if he got back to Lake Norfork. He did detail his efforts then as well, but things didn’t go his way on Day 4. Zaldain had stood in third place after Day 1 on Norfork and he hoped to get into the bigger bass, but they didn’t fully cooperate with his swimbait plan.

“It’s just so frustrating when you see all those big ones come up on it but not get it,” he said on stage, adding he had “just an unbelievable week. I came up with a great game plan and felt like I did what I needed to do to win.”

Third was close, yet so far, but Zaldain still managed tobrighten his star.

FISHING UPHILL

Zaldain did well, even though he was fishing uphill. That’s what he called his approach to certain rock structures. He would put the boat right on the bank, throw out into the lake and retrieve the lure from deep to shallow.

“That’s when I got on this bite,” he said. “Getting right up against the bank and casting outward and bringing it back uphill.”