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12:00 Kermit is in the house. Dean Rojas just set down his flippin' stick and reached into the rod locker for another stick. As he unwrapped the line and made his first cast with it, the assembled spectators let out a collective, "oooooooooooh," as they realized Rojas had broken out the frog.
11:55 We're back on Dean Rojas, and he tells me he hasn't upgraded in a while. He's working closer to the rip rap bank, much to the delight of the land-based spectators.
We're about to leave Rojas so Jerry Cunnungham can get more photos of other anglers. Rojas just said he's "married to this area." He's not leaving it today. There's a lot less wind today and the sun is bright and climbing higher, two factors that Rojas says will make his spot turn on in a big way. We'll probably be back with him a little later today, but for now we're on the move again.
Dean Rojas has a limit in the boat. It's not the kind of limit he needs to stay in contention or win this thing, but it's a good start. We watched Rojas fish this area yesterday, and he mostly stayed close to the rip rap bank that separates this pocket from the rest of the lake. But today he's expanding into other parts of this roughly 6 or 7 acre area.
Photo: B.A.S.S./Seigo Saito > Day 4: 1, 4-06 (16, 42-12) It’s hard to be upset with a runner-up finish on a tough fishery to open the season, but after holding the lead after days 1 and 3, Rojas was bummed he couldn’t close out his third Elite Series win.
“I really felt with the clouds coming in and the wind that they were going to bite really good,” he said. “I felt like I was ready to go and just didn’t get it done today.”
His lone fish was a 4-pounder and once he swung it into the boat, he thought he’d be able to get on a roll.
“I thought I was going to wreck ‘em,” he said. “I caught a big one yesterday about the same time I caught that big one today. The tide was getting high and the water was moving and it was the time of day when it was warm and I thought it was going to be the deal.” Read More
Photo: B.A.S.S. / Seigo Saito ORANGE, Texas — Saturday morning, Dean Rojas felt like his game was dying, that perhaps his chance of victory in the Sabine River Challenge presented by STARK Cultural Venues was slipping through his fingers.
He had zero fish for the first hour of competition. He finally boated three keepers. Then three long hours passed without another bite.
How do you spell relief? With only about 35 minutes to go in his fishing day, he boated his fourth keeper, a 3-pounder, then his final bass 15 minutes later
Armed with a five-fish limit, crucial in this event, “I got out of there,” said the Bassmaster Elite Series pro from Lake Havasu City, Ariz. Read More
Photo B.A.S.S. / Seigo Saito > Day 2: 5, 10-14 (10, 26-08) It wasn’t hard to figure out the reason why Rojas’ weight fell off 5 pounds from day 1. He caught all 2-pounders and didn’t get a chance at another 6-pounder like he had on Thursday.
“Basically, all I needed (today) was the big fish,” he said. “The fish I’m catching are about the size I thought I could catch in there. Everything was pretty much the same. The only difference was not having a big bite today.”
He caught seven keepers today and plans on remaining in the same area tomorrow.
“It was just a grind all day long. It’s just a matter of going out and staying focused,” he said. “It’s not easy to get them so I’m happy to get every one. I don’t have anywhere else to go so I’m going to take my shot where I’m at and ride it however long it takes me.” Read Story
Photo B.A.S.S. / Seigo Saito Orange, TX – On Thursday, only 17 of the 100 Elite Series pros brought a five bass limit to the scales at the 2013 season opener on Texas’ Sabine River. Even more surprising is the fact that 13 Elite Series pros failed to cross the stage with a single keeper, and 27 anglers managed just a single keeper bite over the course of the day.
Arizona’s Dean Rojas took top honors on Thursday with a limit of largemouth weighing an impressive 15-10 that was anchored by a 5-15 brute. Rojas will enter cut day with a lead of just under 3-pounds over 2nd place finisher Mark Davis, who weighed-in a limit to the tune of 13-13. Louisiana’s Cliff Crochet rounded out the top three with 13-0 on the day. Read Story
Photo: James Overstreet Alton Jones called them “weekers,” a reference to the bounty of Sabine River bass that’s been caught the past few days only to fall just shy of meeting the 14-inch length requirement.
“That means in about a week, they’ll be keepers,” Jones quipped on stage after he was one of just 17 anglers to bring a limit of bass to the scale. That’s right – out of 100 competitors on day 1 of the season-opening Elite Series event in Orange, Texas, only 17 brought five back to shore.
It’s only been one day, but the Sabine may turn out to be the toughest venue to catch a limit out of in Elite Series history (2006 to present). For many, though, simply attracting a keeper bite was a chore as 40 anglers caught either one or zero bass on opening day.
Dean Rojas, owner of an Elite Series trophy from his 2011 triumph upstream on the Sabine at Toledo Bend Reservoir, was able to avoid such misfortune and captured the day-1 lead with a 15-10 bag. It was anchored by a 5-15 brute that took big-bass honors for the day. The Arizona pro is nearly 2 pounds clear of Mark Davis, who caught 13-13. Read Story
Photo B.A.S.S. / Seigo Saito ORANGE, Texas — Must be something in the water.
Dean Rojas of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., with a history of wins on Toledo Bend Reservoir, shone equally bright Thursday on the Sabine, the big lake straddling the river to the north.
He took the first-day lead in the March 14-17 Sabine River Challenge presented by STARK Cultural Venues, the season opener of the Bassmaster Elite Series. Read Story
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