The Sabine River Challenge proved to be equally as challenging today as it was Day One for most of the Bassmaster Elite Series pros in Orange, Texas. Delta local Ish Monroe from Hughson, Calif. maintained his 6th place spot in the 100 boat field by bringing back a bag just under 11-pounds and beefing up his two-day total to 21-12. "I'm actually catchin' a bunch of fish," said Monroe at a post weigh-in interview. "I had a limit within 35 minutes and went looking for big ones. I just couldn't find that big bite."
He spent another day predominately throwing his signature series River2Sea Bling spinnerbaits and Missile Baits Craws. Monroe explained he no specific strategy change in mind for tomorrow and if he had to "10-lb bag it all the way through" he would do just that.
"If I'm gettin' a limit, I can't change it up and take the gamble that I won't get one," said the California pro. "I'm five pounds back from a win; but I'm in place to make the final day. You can't win Angler of the Year (AOY) in the first event; but you sure can lose it. I'm not goin' gamblin'. I will do what I'm doin', go fishin' on Sunday and then head to Falcon to find my big fish pattern."
The anglers were whittled to the top-50 today. The final cut will be determined at close of scales tomorrow.
The lead in the event changed hands today. Todd Faircloth from Jasper, Texas tops the pack with 26-15. Day One found only 17 anglers haul up a full five-fish limit. The struggled continued today as only 19 found five to weigh.
The 2013 Bassmaster Elite Series stop on the Sabine River will continue tomorrow. Blast-off occurs at 7 a.m. CT and weigh-in will begin at 3:15 p.m. CT.
For the entire leaderboard and more information on the Sabine River Challenge, visit the Bassmaster website.