Immediately after the crowning of Ish Monroe as the champion of the inaugural Elite Series event, Ryan & I headed back out onto the lake for the last few hours of daylight. These are two of the better fish I caught, one was on a Lucky Craft Pointer and the other was on a White 8″ Lake Fork Top Dog Lizard off a bed in about 4ft of water around a large flooded bush.
My fishing partner Ryan got one nearly 6lbs off a bed on a Red Bug Lake Fork Tackle Zig Zag, rigged on a light Texas rig. The next morning we got into some jerkbait fish, I did not catch anything worthy of breaking out the camera, although Ryan got a 4.5lb largemouth on a large Rapala Husky Jerk fished over some grass in about 10-12ft of water. We caught several quality fish using his technique. I also managed a few fish on a bleeding baby bass Secret Weapon Spinnerbait that was fished around flooded bushes.
Unfortunately the morning ended too soon, we had to pack up and head for San Antonio to catch our flight. We were welcomed back home in Minneapolis with a 12″ of white fluffy snow
Quick note: Greg Hackney leads the first day of the Bassmasters Elite Series at Sam Rayburn Reservoir, but he only holds a slim lead over Kevin VanDam & Mike Iaconelli. The Day 1 leaderboard looks like a who’s who list of today’s top stars.
Angler Hometown No./lbs-oz Pts Total $$$
1. Greg Hackney Gonzales, La. 5 22-02 305 $1,000.00
Day 1: 5 22-02
2. Kevin VanDam Kalamazoo, Mich. 5 22-01 295
Day 1: 5 22-01
3. Michael Iaconelli Runnemede, N.J. 5 21-08 290
Day 1: 5 21-08
4. Dean Rojas Lake Havasu, Ariz. 5 21-00 285
Day 1: 5 21-00
5. Edwin Evers Talala, Okla. 5 20-12 280
Day 1: 5 20-12