The 1st BASS Elite of the Season

Sabine River, Orange Texas

Sabine River 2015While many of my fellow Elite Series pro had fished the Sabine back in 2013, I didn’t have that history to fall back upon, so this vast waterway was a mystery to me heading into the official practice period. I expected that would be tough, and that a lot of gas would be burned, but other than that I went into it with an open mind. There had been a lot of recent rain which made the water high and muddy. While I didn’t know whether that would hurt the fishing or improve it, it didn’t really matter. With the luxury of a 2015 Classic berth already in my back pocket, I was able to fish comfortably even when things didn’t quite go my way.

While some of the field committed to making runs of up to two hours, I started off practice in an area just 20 minutes away from the launch and never saw much reason to venture away much more than that. I put the trolling motor down and had 30 or 35 bites in the course of the first day. I put my hands on three or four pretty nice ones and shook off a bunch more that felt pretty solid.

On the second day, I headed to another well-known area and had about the same level of success. The few that I landed included a decent percentage of keepers, and bites weren’t hard to come by. It quickly became obvious that it was going to be a canal and backwater bite. That complicates things, because it usually means crowded conditions and that boat numbers matter quite a bit. read more…

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