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TODD FAIRCLOTH LEADS AFTER DAY TWO AT THE SABINE

Posted by Z3 MEDIA TEAM on 03/15/2013

Story and photos by Matt Pangrac and Dave Rush

Orange, TX – The second day of the Bassmaster Elite Series season opener Texas’ Sabine River brought with it a change at the top of the leaderboard.   After a solid 10-7 effort on Thursday, Texan Todd Faircloth took the lead on Friday with the tournament’s heaviest limit weighing an impressive 16-8 to boost his two day total weight to 26-15. 

After ending day one in the lead, Arizona’s Dean Rojas fell to second on Friday, bringing in a limit weighing 10-14 for a two day total weight of 26-8.  

Friday was another tough day on the Sabine River, as 20 anglers failed to bring a keeper largemouth to the scales, and it took a two day total weight of just 10-pounds to make the Top 50 cut. Just eight anglers have managed to bring in a limit both days, and Jami Fralick, Matt Greenblatt, while Kelley Jaye ended the tournament without weighing-in a fish.  

The 5 Day Two Facts from the Sabine River: 
Tournament: Bassmaster Elite Series (March 14-17)
Location:  Sabine River – Orange, Texas
Leader/weight:  Todd Faircloth (10-7, 16-8: 26-15)
50th place weight: Billy McCaghren (6-9, 3-7: 10-0)
Total weight separating 1st place from 10th place: 8-11

1st Place: Todd Faircloth (10-7, 16-8: 26-15)
What were your expectations heading into the day?
“To be honest, I didn’t know how the day was going to go.  I was reluctant to go back to the same area after I fished in there all day yesterday and only caught six keepers.” 

Todd FairclothHow would you summarize your day as a whole?
“I’m fishing a big area and I feel like I expanded on it today.  After I caught my eight keeper, I just eased out of (the area) and milled around a little bit.  I had a long boat ride in, so I just took it easy and made sure that I got the fish back safely.”  

“I don’t know how many fish are in there, but I know that there are more fish coming in because I have caught some fish that have spawned and some fish that still have eggs.  That’s definitely a positive thing.  I feel good about my area, but this is fishing and you never know.”  

Was there a key moment for you during the day?
“I caught one big one really early this morning and it settled me down.”

What was the most challenging/surprising aspect of your day?
“Everything went pretty smoothly.  I just eased back after I caught what I caught and checked out a couple other areas.  It was a good day.”

How would you assess your decision making and execution on the water?
“I really made some good decisions.  After I caught my weight, I went into an area where I had a few small bites in practice.  I kept getting closer to where I got my bites at during practice and I ended up catching a big one.  I never even made it back to where I was getting bit in practice because I pulled my trolling motor up and left before I got back there.”  

2nd Place: Dean Rojas (15-10, 10-14: 26-8)
What were your expectations heading into the day?
“I thought that I could catch just about what I ended up catching.  Yesterday, the big fish that I caught was a gift and really boosted my overall weight.” 

How would you summarize your day as a whole?
“I actually caught more keepers today than I caught yesterday.  I had seven keepers and I caught some of them early and then some of them later on in the day.  I found that caliber of fish in practice, but I still think that there are some bigger ones in there.  They didn’t show themselves today, but I hope that they show up on Saturday or Sunday. 

Was there a key moment for you during the day?
“I caught two good ones almost on back-to-back casts and that really solidified where I needed to be and what I needed to concentrate on.” 

What was the most challenging/surprising aspect of your day?
“Jeff Kriet and I are in the same area, but we had a visitor today who wasn’t in there (yesterday).  That was an issue today, but other than that things went well.  When they follow you in there, and as you’re idling in they are right behind you and then start fishing 100 feet behind you, then you start wondering what they’re doing.  I stayed focused, kept me head down, and just kept fishing.  I’ll do the same thing tomorrow.”  

How would you assess your decision making and execution on the water?
“I lost one small keeper today, but I ended up catching one that would have culled that fish out.  Other than that my execution was flawless today.” 

3rd Place: Cliff Crochet (13-0, 12-0: 25-0)
What were your expectations heading into the day?
“I thought that 12-pounds would keep me in the hunt for this tournament.  I may have underestimated a little bit, but I’m still in decent shape.” 

How would you summarize your day as a whole?
“This morning was brutal.  My line was getting tangled and my bait was getting caught up.  My casting wasn’t on point and things weren’t good.  I talked myself down and just went to fishing and caught one.  Then I caught another one at around 10:00 and just started a slow and steady grind.” 

Was there a key moment for you during the day?
“At about 11:40 I caught a 4-1.  I was using a certain technique and a certain bait and that fish was the key moment of the day and the key moment of my tournament up until now.  I had four fish and it was my fifth fish.  I was committed before I caught that fish, but now I’m totally committed to what I’m doing.

What was the most challenging/surprising aspect of your day?
“I just couldn’t get things rolling early on.  I really had to focus and talk to myself and calm down to get in the groove.” 

How would you assess your decision making and execution on the water?
“When it has been time to make a decision, I’ve made it and it’s been good so far.  I hope that I continue to make good decisions.” 

4th Place: Terry Scroggins (9-11, 14-10: 24-5)
What were your expectations heading into the day?
"It’s been tough all week, and I honestly didn't know if I would catch a keeper today."

How would you summarize your day as a whole?
"It was another grind out there today.  I was just happy to have five keepers."

Was there a key moment for you during the day?
"Catching that big fish was absolutely the key moment of my day.  I’ve caught a big one each day, and both of them have come early on in the day.  When you put a big fish in the livewell early in a tough tournament like this, it makes the rest of the day so much easier."

What was the most challenging/surprising aspect of your day?
"It's just the long boat ride.  You have to really be conservative with your gas, and you just have to go fish as hard as you can and try to make it back. Both days, my gas gauge was on ‘E’ at the end of the day and I was pushing to make it back to the weigh-in."

5th Place: Mark Davis (13-13, 8-6: 22-3)
What were your expectations heading into the day?
"I really wasn't sure what to expect.  I knew I was fortunate to catch those bigger fish on day one, and I really wasn't sure whether I could do it again."

How would you summarize your day as a whole?
"I really think I just caught about everything that my little area had to give me.  It is really hard to catch a big bag in the Sabine, which is where I am fishing and I think I caught most of the big ones yesterday."

Was there a key moment for you during the day?
"I made a bait change today about 11:00 when I didn't have a fish yet.  If I hadn't have made that change I may not have caught any.  Sometimes all it takes is just a little change in the bait you are fishing to make something happen."

What was the most challenging/surprising aspect of your day?
"I can't really say that I had one other than I couldn't catch any of the females that I caught yesterday."

How would you assess your decision making and execution on the water?
"I did all I could do today with the water I had left to fish.  I never was able to catch a female today, all four of the fish weighed-in were males."

DAY 2 STANDINGS

 

Place Name Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4 Total Fish Total Weight
FishWeightFishWeightFishWeightFishWeight
51 Chris Zaldain 4 6-11 1 3- 4 0 0- 0     5 9-15
52 J Todd Tucker 4 6-11 1 2- 3 0 0- 0     5 8-14
53 Morizo Shimizu 3 5- 2 2 3-11 0 0- 0     5 8-13
54 Jason Williamson 3 6-10 1 2- 2 0 0- 0     4 8-12
55 Jared Lintner 3 5- 1 2 3-10 0 0- 0     5 8-11
56 Nate Wellman 2 4-10 2 4- 0 0 0- 0     4 8-10
57 Paul Elias 1 3-11 2 4-14 0 0- 0     3 8- 9
58 Bernie Schultz 4 8- 1 0 0- 0 0 0- 0     4 8- 1
59 Davy Hite 2 3-12 2 4- 1 0 0- 0     4 7-13
60 Cliff Pirch 1 3- 2 2 4- 9 0 0- 0     3 7-11
61 Russell Lane 1 1- 8 3 6- 0 0 0- 0     4 7- 8
62 Fletcher Shryock 3 5- 8 1 1-15 0 0- 0     4 7- 7
63 Scott Rook 2 3- 6 2 3-14 0 0- 0     4 7- 4
64 Kotaro Kiriyama 4 6-13 0 0- 0 0 0- 0     4 6-13
65 Timmy Horton 3 5- 2 1 1- 9 0 0- 0     4 6-11
66 Bradley Roy 3 4-14 1 1-12 0 0- 0     4 6-10
67 Josh Bertrand 3 6- 9 0 0- 0 0 0- 0     3 6- 9
68 James Niggemeyer 1 1-13 2 4- 8 0 0- 0     3 6- 5
69 Jason Christie 3 6- 2 0 0- 0 0 0- 0     3 6- 2
70 Kenyon Hill 1 4- 1 1 1-14 0 0- 0     2 5-15
71 Rick Clunn 0 0- 0 3 5-12 0 0- 0     3 5-12
72 Casey Scanlon 0 0- 0 3 5- 9 0 0- 0     3 5- 9
73 Scott Ashmore 3 5- 7 0 0- 0 0 0- 0     3 5- 7
74 Jason Quinn 0 0- 0 3 5- 4 0 0- 0     3 5- 4
75 Kevin Ledoux 1 1- 9 2 3-11 0 0- 0     3 5- 4
76 Greg Vinson 0 0- 0 3 5- 3 0 0- 0     3 5- 3
77 Kevin Short 1 1- 9 2 3- 8 0 0- 0     3 5- 1
78 Jonathon VanDam 1 1-14 2 3- 2 0 0- 0     3 5- 0
79 Ott DeFoe 1 1-12 2 3- 3 0 0- 0     3 4-15
80 Grant Goldbeck 0 0- 0 1 4-11 0 0- 0     1 4-11
81 Kevin Hawk 2 4- 7 0 0- 0 0 0- 0     2 4- 7
81 Randy Howell 2 4- 7 0 0- 0 0 0- 0     2 4- 7
83 Michael Iaconelli 2 4- 3 0 0- 0 0 0- 0     2 4- 3
84 Tommy Biffle 2 3-12 0 0- 0 0 0- 0     2 3-12
85 Aaron Martens 1 2- 1 1 1-10 0 0- 0     2 3-11
86 Cliff Prince 0 0- 0 2 3-10 0 0- 0     2 3-10
87 Andy Montgomery 1 1-14 1 1-11 0 0- 0     2 3- 9
88 Michael Simonton 1 1-11 1 1-10 0 0- 0     2 3- 5
89 Yusuke Miyazaki 1 1-13 1 1- 7 0 0- 0     2 3- 4
90 Brandon Palaniuk 2 3- 1 0 0- 0 0 0- 0     2 3- 1
91 Chip Porche 1 2-11 0 0- 0 0 0- 0     1 2-11
92 Britt Myers 1 1-15 0 0- 0 0 0- 0     1 1-15
93 Jamie Horton 1 1-11 0 0- 0 0 0- 0     1 1-11
93 Chad Pipkens 1 1-11 0 0- 0 0 0- 0     1 1-11
93 David Smith 0 0- 0 1 1-11 0 0- 0     1 1-11
96 Byron Haseotes 1 1- 9 0 0- 0 0 0- 0     1 1- 9
97 Jeremy Starks 0 0- 0 1 1- 1 0 0- 0     1 1- 1
98 Jami Fralick 0 0- 0 0 0- 0 0 0- 0    
0- 0
98 Matt Greenblatt 0 0- 0 0 0- 0 0 0- 0    
0- 0
98 Kelley Jaye 0 0- 0 0 0- 0 0 0- 0    
0- 0