Freewheeling during free time Posted on April 12, 2018 Photo: Courtesy Aaron Martens - When dangerously high waters moved back the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Elite at Sabine River presented by Econo Lodge, many of the 109 anglers quickly made alternate plans. What was first choice? Why fishing, of course, as Aaron Martens can attest. âI canât say Iâm too upset about the Sabine postponement when it frees me up to catch this!â Read on for the A to Z of how Elites filled the week. Photo: Courtesy Gerald Swindle - Gerald Swindle, coming off his best Classic finish in more than a decade, shows off some of his spotted bass action on Smith Lake. If you havenât seen it, go read G-Manâs insightful take on what not winning a Classic in 17 tries does to a pro angler -- at least him -- in âMissing pieces of me.â Great stuff. Photo: Courtesy Fletcher Shyrock - And speaking of Swindle, Fletcher Shyrock borrowed some of his words after landing this giant. He wrote, as G-Man would say, âI found Olâ Clyde!â Photo: Courtesy Darrell Ocamica - The off week gave Darrell Ocamica a chance to head back to Idaho for a super important date. âWhen they cancel an Elite event and you have some unexpected days off, you celebrate this dudeâs 6th birthday. So glad I could come home.â Photo: Courtesy Shaw Grigsby - âI was able to spend Easter with the family,â Shaw Grigsby posted. âAfter church and an Easter egg hunt, Bryce, Charlotte and I really enjoyed a new children's book about fishing. It is âDown by the Riverâ by Andrew Weiner.â Photo: Courtesy Shaw Grigsby - Shaw and his grandson, Bryce, also attended a Florida Gators baseball game, the top-ranked team in the country, in pretty prime seats to boot. Photo: Courtesy Rick Clunn - Being home allowed Rick Clunn to share in the photo taking before the prom of his youngest son, River. Melissa and Rick entertained a number of Riverâs friends and dates that evening on their Ava, Mo., property before they went to the dance. Photo: Courtesy Justin Lucas - Justin Lucas watched some Masters golf -- notice winner Patrick Reed on the big screen -- with his son, Cooper. âHeâs getting big,â Justin posted. On Easter Sunday, Lucas put his brother, a professional golfer, Kevin, on his first Guntersville bass. Lucas also took the off week to purchase fishing licenses for eight states the Elites will visit this season, leaving with this thought. âI canât tell you how much I wish there was a federal fishing license good for every state.â Great idea. How about a lifetime All-America fishing license? Photo: Courtesy John Murray - Some Elites, like John Murray, spent time fishing with their kids. Murray took out his son, T.J., and his friend. âBeen a good, but cold spring break - donât think the cold bothers these two!!â Photo: Courtesy Mark Zona - Mark Zona, who should have been in Little Rock hosting Bassmaster LIVE, instead got to take his twins boys, Hunter and Jakob, out fishing with wife, Karin. âOur boys last high school spring break before they graduate in about a month. We sure ended it with a bang at Big Cedar Lodge and Table Rock Lake. Now time to get back to work, headed to tape more 2019,â Mark posted. Photo: Courtesy Marty Robinson - Marty Robinson got to witness his son, Mitchell, do well in his own competition. âMy youngest son and his partner were runner-up in the SC B.A.S.S. Nation Junior State Championship at Lake Murray (April 7). Theyâll get to fish the B.A.S.S. Nation Junior National Championship this summer.â Photo: Courtesy Casey Ashley - And others just fished for the pure enjoyment, like Casey Ashley. âNice day for some Crappie fishin! â in Lake Secession, South Carolina.â Photo: Courtesy Brent Chapman - Others took the day to compete against their kin, like Brent Chapman taking on his son. âHeaded out for an afternoon of #provsjoe against Mason. Weâll see if he can back his big talk up!â Photo: Courtesy Dave Lefebre - Dave Lefebre took the time off to give back to the community. âGlad to get home from Texas a week early to take part in the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Youth/Mentor day! Had blast meeting new friends. Thanks to all who came out in the cold to support the kids!â Photo: Courtesy Ott DeFoe - Ott DeFoeâs wife, Jennie, might have upset the applecart, or at least might have made their son jealous. Ott wrote, âBabe caught a few of Parkerâs fish while he was at school today.â Uh-oh. Weâre sure she put them back for him to get them another day. Photo: Courtesy Seth Feider - While most of the Elites were keeping their lines wet and tight, Seth Feider was froze under. âWhy tho?â he posted. âMost of the Elite boys are bassinâ and I'm over here feeling like the karate kid with a shovel and Mr. Myagi like âSnow on, snow off.ââ Thatâs what you get if you live in Minnesota â¦ or maybe even Oklahoma this spring. Photo: Courtesy Jason Christie - Jason Christie, home in the Sooner State, might not have been frozen off the water, but a powerful cold front did the trick. âWhat do you do when it storms all day? Get new tires, of course!â he posted. He was out the following day very early reporting, âItâs crazy cold here, but a cold sunrise is still better than sleeping in!â On another post showing his daughter holding a bass, he said he taught her how to hold it out in front of her body a bit for the photo, an important lesson. Photo: Courtesy Edwin Evers - Christieâs Oklahoma running mate Edwin Evers got another kind of work done, expanding his pecan operation. âHereâs what this Elite angler does on an unscheduled week off. Happy to have gotten 500 pecan trees planted, thanks to all my great help. I can tell you, fishing is much easier!â Photo: Courtesy Randall Tharp - It was time to do something Randall Tharp and his wife, Sara, don't often get a chance to do at home. They attended a concert. âDate night in Dothan last night. Me, Sara and Cody Jinks!â Letâs hope they ditched Jinks later on. Photo: Courtesy Brandon Lester - New dad Brandon Lester did what a lot of other Elites might or might not be able to get to this spring -- turkey hunting. âFinally caught up with a good bird this morning,â he wrote. âPretty awesome 30th birthday present I reckon!â Photo: Courtesy Jacob Wheeler - Impromptu vacations were made once Sabine was postponed, and Jacob Wheeler and his bride, Alicia, ran into Kevin and Sherry VanDam on their travels. âWhat are the odds of seeing @kevinvandamfishing at the same spot this morning in Key West?! Literally, we were both shocked!â Photo: Courtesy Jacob Wheeler - And how about his saltwater trip and these nice catches? Jacob posted, âThereâs nothing better than eating sashimi minutes after catching them!â Photo: Courtesy Candy Herren - Speaking of good eating, Matt Herren prepares to cook up a mess of crappie. His wife, Candy, took this shot and posted, âMatt calls these fish sticks.â Bet heâs perfected sizzling some slabs, and weâd love to try them. Photo: Courtesy Jeff Kriet - And as long as weâre thinking of food, check out what Jeff Kriet was up to. âFavorite food ever!!!â he posted. âHow many pounds can you eat?? I'm good for 15!!â Wow, thatâd give you about Â¼ pound of meat. (Weâre not mentioning sucking the heads.) Naw, crawfish are worth the effort. Photo: Courtesy Ish Monroe - The postponement allowed Ish Monroe to hit the San Francisco Bay about two hours from his home in Hughson, Calif. âI got to start my saltwater fishing early with my first white seabass! Fishing on the California Dawn! One of the best captains in SF Bay.â Photo: Courtesy Brandon Palaniuk - Brandon Palaniuk and Tiffany McCall decided to check out the Big Easy, including Legends of Jazz Park shown here. âDid some touristing yesterday in New Orleans! Not much for big cities, but the rich history and culture there is one of a kind,â he wrote. It wasnât long that he took the off time to scout Lake Travis, where the Elites will fish in late May. Palaniuk said the fishery reminded him of the West Coast. Photo: Courtesy Skeet Reese - Skeet Reese had the same idea. âWell since the Sabine River tournament got canceled, I figured I better make use of my free time and pre-fish Travis Lake since I've never been here before. Apparently it has a few good ones in it, but a whole lot of little ones.â Photo: Courtesy Chad Pipkens - Chad Pipkens just said he was in Texas, but itâs assumed it was also Lake Travis. âHappy Easter from me and this beauty in Texas! I hope everyone has a great day. Make all of them count!â Photo: Courtesy Mike McClelland - Mike McClelland joined in. âWhen BASS cancels the tourney on Sabine, you do a little scouting on Lake Travis.â It will be the first Bassmaster tournament on the lake, which is northwest of of Austin. The host city of Jonestown. Photo: Courtesy David Walker - âBlasted em!â David Walker wrote. âDavid Mullins and I had a great day chasing around these #tennesseesmallmouth. Crazy weather conditions for April but fishin is hot!â Photo: Courtesy Jared Lintner - Letâs go back out West to northern California to check on Jared Lintner. From what we can make of it, Lintner caught this fish in a Clear Lake derby on April 6, but his buddy here is trying to take credit for it. âWhen Mike tried to say it was his, but, we all know the truth,â Lintner posted. Photo: Courtesy Terry Scroggins - Back a couple thousand miles to the East Coast and near San Mateo, Fla., where Terry Scroggins is looking for the bed that is âjust right.â âItâs the season! Lookin for Mrs. BIG,â he posted. Heâd love to make grandmother bear go beddy bye. Photo: Courtesy Alton Jones Jr. - In Texas, Alton Jones Jr. did some bed fishing himself and landed this 10.07, which was a pound under his personal best. âAll smiles with this latest video!â he posted. âBe sure and check it out! Some bigs were caught!â Photo: Courtesy Arturo Murga - Alton Jr.âs dad was over at Loafers Bend on Lake Whitney fishing with B.A.S.S. artist Arturo Murga, who said, âFishing with the master of Texas.â Photo: Courtesy Chris Zaldain - Chris and Trait Zaldain rubbed elbows Sunday with NASCAR folks at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth near their home. âIgnore my kid in a candy store face, but this guy right here is our favorite driver! Weâve got good vibes about this race, too! Getâem Martin Truex Jr.!â Alas, Truex was first out of the race and finished last. Photo: Courtesy Dayton Feider - And we say good night by watching Seth Feider sleep near his newborn, Rose Anne Feider, who came into this world at 9:36 p.m. on April 9. The baby weighed 8.3 pounds -- a true lunker -- and was 21.5 inches long. Mom Dayton Feider posted this image, writing âI just canât handle how cute this is.â We concur.