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KEITH COMBS LEADS DAY THREE AT FALCON

Posted by Z3 MEDIA TEAM on 03/23/2013

Story by Matt Pangrac and Dave Rush - Photos by Dave Rush

Zapata, TX – Keith Combs did just enough to maintain the lead and hold off a hard charging Rick Clunn on Saturday at a windy Falcon Lake.  Entering the day with a lead of over 7-pounds, Combs brought in his lightest limit of the week weighing 20-5 to push his three day total weight to 83-3.  
After a monstrous limit weighing 32-9 on Friday, Rick Clunn challenged Combs for the lead heading into championship Sunday after toting the heaviest limit of his illustrious career across the weigh-in scales in Zapata, Texas.  Clunn’s 36-14 limit on Saturday boosted his total weight to 82-3, just a pound behind Combs.  

Oklahoma’s Edwin Evers remained in the hunt, bringing in a 23-8 limit of Falcon Lake largemouth for a total weight of 78-15, and Texas veteran Gary Klein turned in his best effort of the week, weighing-in 28-6 on Saturday to finish in 4th place with a total weight of 78-13. 

In all, five of the 50 anglers fishing on Saturday crossed the stage with a limit weighing at least 30-pounds, and 45 of the 50 anglers crossed the stage with a five bass limit.  Elite Series rookie, Josh Bertrand, rounded out the Top 12 cut with a total weight of 72-0.  

The 5 Day Three Facts from Falcon Lake:
Tournament: Bassmaster Elite Series (March 21-24)
Location:  Falcon Lake – Zapata, Texas
Leader/weight:  Keith Combs (34-13, 28-1, 20-5: 83-3)
12th place weight: Josh Bertrand (72-0)
Total weight separating 1st place from 12th place: 13-3

1st Place: Keith Combs (34-13, 28-1, 20-5: 83-3)
What were your expectations heading into the day?
“I really thought that I could catch them again, but things didn’t go my way.” 

Keith CombsHow would you summarize your day as a whole? 
“I lost a good one first thing, but then I caught two big ones after that.  The rest of the day was a real grind.  Yesterday, things materialized for me really late in the day but I wasn’t able to make that happen today because of other circumstances.” 

Was there a key moment for you during the day?
“I ran to a spot around noon and everything was running great.  I had something go wrong and the boat wouldn’t fire back up.  Clark Reehm stopped and picked me up for the rest of the day.  Without a doubt, the fact that he was willing to pick me up was the key moment in my day.” 

What was the most challenging/surprising aspect of your day?
“It would have to be the fact that I was only able to fish until around noon out of my own boat.  I’m very thankful that Clark (Reehm) took the time to stop and pick me up when I was having some mechanical trouble.” 

How would you assess your decision making and execution on the water?
“I did lose one big one that was the first fish of the morning.  I was cranking and I hooked a big one.  I got one headshake out of the fish and about three cranks on the reel and then it came off.  There really wasn’t anything that I could do about losing that fish.  Other than that one bite, I fished a clean day without many bites.” 

2nd Place: Rick Clunn (12-12, 32-9, 36-14: 82-3)
What were your expectations heading into the day?
“I was thinking that I could pull up this morning and catch a few because they were kind of wadded up yesterday when I was catching them.”

How would you summarize your day as a whole? 
“I pulled up and was disappointed because I fished it for about 30 minutes without anything.  I knew that I still had another area, and I moved in and they were there.  The fish were just spread out more, I guess.” 

Rick Clunn

Was there a key moment for you during the day?
“The key moment for me was on the first day.  I was thinking ‘How am I not going to catch a fish on Falcon Lake?’ Then all of the sudden I caught a 3-pounder, 7-pounder, and another 3-pounder.  That was the key moment because without that happening, I’m not even here right now.” 

What was the most challenging/surprising aspect of your day?
“It’s kind of surreal and I’m trying to grasp everything that’s going on.  I found it interesting that everyone criticized Cliff Pace for not being emotional, because I can remember in the old days when I won the Classic I was the same way.  I didn’t have anything left to celebrate with.  At the end of the day, if you have anything left to celebrate with then you didn’t fish hard enough.  Later tonight or tomorrow it will hit me.  We still have one day left, so it’s not the time to celebrate anyway.  Due to my start, I’m very happy with what I’ve done so far.  I still have to catch close to that weight tomorrow to win it.” 

How would you assess your decision making and execution on the water?
“Ever since the evening of the first day, it’s been pretty fundamental for me.  It’s all about working hard and grinding it out, and that’s what most of these guys are good at and that’s what I’m good at.  You do have to grind out the fish a little bit and that’s the style that I really prefer.” 

Edwin Evers 3rd Place: Edwin Evers (26-8, 28-15, 23-8: 78-15)
What were your expectations heading into the day?
“I was hoping to catch as much as I possibly could, and hopefully catch another 28-pound stringer.  It just didn’t happen.”

How would you summarize your day as a whole? 
“It was a horrible grind and it was really hard today.  I just didn’t get a lot of bites at all.”

Was there a key moment for you during the day?
“I was about to leave an area and I ended up hitting one more spot and I caught an 8-1 and culled a couple more times.  That turned out to be pretty key.” 

What was the most challenging/surprising aspect of your day?
“Just the spectator boats.  There were a few that were getting pretty close today.” 

How would you assess your decision making and execution on the water?
“My execution wasn’t as good as I was hoping it would be, but it went alright for me out there today.”

4th Place: Gary Klein (21-11,28-12,28-6: 78-13)
What were your expectations heading into the day?
"I'm fishing for a thirty pound bag, and that still hasn't happened for me.  I know I have the right baits and I know how to catch some fish, but I haven't found the mother lode yet."

Gary Klein How would you summarize your day as a whole?
"I am still looking and really haven't figured anything out.  I lost a big fish today and know that it will probably end up costing me, but that is going to happen on a lake like Falcon.  My first two fish this morning were a six and a seven, so that was a great start."

Was there a key moment for you during the day?
"I had about fifteen minutes left to fish and pulled in on one of my little stretches where the wind was blowing in on.  I made one flip and caught a 6-pounder and was like ‘I'm done, it's time to go to the weigh-in.’ That fish really helped my bag today."

What was the most challenging/surprising aspect of your day?
"The wind helped the fish bite, but it made it really hard to position your boat the right way and fish everything effectively."

How would you assess your decision making and execution on the water?
"My decision making was pretty good. I think I have a pretty good idea of what the fish are doing and how to catch them.  I lost about a 7-pounder today that really hurt me.  If I landed that fish I would have had right around the 30-pound mark."

5th Place: Jason Williamson (23-12,20-7,32-9: 76-12)
What were your heading into the day?
"I really didn't expect to have the kind of weight I ended up with today.  I really have just been scrambling around since practice, and would have thought you were crazy if you had told me I would have had the type of tournament I have had this week so far."

How would you summarize your day as a whole?
"All of us dream about catching a bag like I had today when you come to south Texas.  I just fished shallow and covered a lot of water and was fortunate to get some big bites and land all of them."

Was there a key moment for you during the day?
"Really just getting those big fish in the boat.  I am not fishing braid like a lot of the other guys; I am using fluorocarbon.  I have to hope that the fish decides to swim the right direction when I hook it and doesn't get me tangled up in those bushes."

What was the most challenging/surprising aspect of your day?
"Focusing and putting my head down and fishing like I know I need to fish down here.  I am having to cover a lot of water to get my bites, but I can't get in a hurry either."

How would you assess your decision making and execution on the water?
"I lost a big fish that was probably as big as the 9-3 I had today.  Execution is always crucial in these tournaments and I have lost a few key fish this week that have cost me so far.  Hopefully I can land everything that bites tomorrow and see where it puts me."

DAY 3 STANDINGS

Place PRO ANGLER
Day 1Day 2Day 3 Total Fish Total Weight
FishWeightFishWeightFishWeight
1 Keith Combs 5 34-13 5 28- 1 5 20- 5 15 83- 3
2 Rick Clunn 3 12-12 5 32- 9 5 36-14 13 82- 3
3 Edwin Evers 5 26- 8 5 28-15 5 23- 8 15 78-15
4 Gary Klein 5 21-11 5 28-12 5 28- 6 15 78-13
5 Jason Williamson 5 23-12 5 20- 7 5 32- 9 15 76-12
6 Cliff Prince 5 30-13 5 22-12 5 23- 2 15 76-11
7 Brandon Card 5 20- 3 5 25-12 5 29- 3 15 75- 2
8 John Crews 5 26- 3 5 15- 8 5 32-11 15 74- 6
9 Cliff Crochet 5 18-12 5 35- 3 5 18- 7 15 72- 6
10 Billy McCaghren 5 20- 5 5 20- 3 5 31-12 15 72- 4
11 Jason Christie 5 28-15 5 25- 1 5 18- 1 15 72- 1
12 Josh Bertrand 5 30- 5 5 23- 0 4 18-11 14 72- 0
13 Alton Jones 5 26-10 5 20-13 5 24- 8 15 71-15
14 Jeff Kriet 5 24- 8 5 22- 7 5 24-11 15 71-10
15 Rick Morris 5 27-14 5 22-12 5 20-15 15 71- 9
16 Ott DeFoe 5 18-13 5 20- 7 5 30-15 15 70- 3
17 Bobby Lane 5 25- 9 5 25-15 5 18- 6 15 69-14
18 Cliff Pirch 3 18- 4 5 31-12 5 18- 3 13 68- 3
19 Kevin VanDam 5 21- 9 5 28-10 5 18- 0 15 68- 3
20 Ishama Monroe 5 26- 7 5 22-12 5 18-14 15 68- 1
21 Jared Miller 5 25- 5 5 21- 0 5 21- 9 15 67-14
22 Matt Reed 5 20- 5 5 22- 8 5 24-10 15 67- 7
23 Scott Rook 5 22- 5 5 22-12 5 22- 5 15 67- 6
24 Aaron Martens 5 20-15 5 24- 3 5 21-10 15 66-12
25 Kelley Jaye 5 20- 4 5 20- 8 5 25-10 15 66- 6
26 Jason Quinn 5 21- 9 5 22- 1 5 22-10 15 66- 4
27 Skeet Reese 4 11- 8 5 32- 4 5 21-14 14 65-10
28 Grant Goldbeck 5 18-10 5 25- 8 5 21- 3 15 65- 5
29 Dean Rojas 5 22- 5 5 23- 1 5 19-13 15 65- 3
30 Morizo Shimizu 5 15- 7 5 27-12 5 21-12 15 64-15
31 David Walker 5 18- 5 5 24- 2 5 22- 8 15 64-15
32 Dennis Tietje 5 20-10 5 21- 7 5 22- 8 15 64- 9
33 Chris Zaldain 5 20- 4 5 20-11 5 22- 3 15 63- 2
34 Greg Hackney 5 25-15 5 24- 7 5 12- 8 15 62-14
35 Boyd Duckett 5 13- 4 5 27-15 5 21- 1 15 62- 4
36 Jonathon VanDam 5 28-12 5 14- 5 4 18-15 14 62- 0
37 Russell Lane 5 22- 6 5 19- 3 5 19- 0 15 60- 9
38 John Murray 5 23-11 5 17- 8 5 19- 1 15 60- 4
39 James Niggemeyer 5 19- 2 5 27- 0 5 14- 1 15 60- 3
40 Kelly Jordon 5 27- 8 5 20- 5 5 12- 2 15 59-15
41 Bradley Roy 5 25- 9 5 16- 1 5 17-13 15 59- 7
42 Brent Chapman 5 24- 9 5 15-10 5 18-12 15 58-15
43 Gerald Swindle 5 23-12 5 22- 8 5 12-10 15 58-14
44 Terry Scroggins 5 22- 3 5 20- 3 5 14-15 15 57- 5
45 Takahiro Omori 5 23- 9 5 22- 2 5 9- 6 15 55- 1
46 Pete Ponds 5 26- 0 5 14- 7 5 14- 7 15 54-14
47 Kotaro Kiriyama 3 16- 6 5 32- 7 1 4-13 9 53-10
48 Charlie Hartley 5 22- 5 5 16-15 4 12- 3 14 51- 7
49 Fletcher Shryock 5 17-13 5 23- 0 5 10- 5 15 51- 2
50 Clark Reehm 5 13-11 5 30-12 2 2-12 12 47- 3