After a solid day one, Brock Mosley posted an 11-7 Friday and took the lead from Chad Pipkens at the Bassmaster Elite Tournament on the Sabine River with a total of 21-6. That included Mosley losing at least two hours of fishing because of a problem with his boat. Mosley said that he is mostly fishing Taylor’s Bayou. He’s also looking for his first Elite Tournament win. As Dave Mercer would say, he’s been the “bridesmaid” five times.
The field of 103 was cut to 50 Friday, which is known as “moving day.” Being in the Top 50 is important because it means you will get a check for at least $10,000. The winner receives $100,000 and second place is $35K.
It was a tougher day Friday with more heat and less fish. Fifty-nine of the Elites weighed in a smaller amount than they did on Thursday.
After weighing in, many of the fishermen said the tide was “weird” on Friday and they may have a point. The tide, or the movement of water, is very important when it comes to the bite. As you can see in the graph, there is not a mid-day dip like in the previous two days.
David Williams caught the big bass of the day, a 5-8 largemouth. Chad Pipkens still has the tournament big bass with a 5-12 caught on day one. Matty Wong (below) had the big bag of the day with 13-13 to catapult him into the top ten.
The festival continues Saturday with plenty of things for the kids to do and all kinds of food to eat. There will also be two concerts in the evening. Come on out!
-Gary Stelly, KOGT-