On March 14th the BASS Elite Series anglers will be hitting a new body of water, the Sabine River. This event should favor anglers that can put patterns together in a hurry, it could be KVDs year for AOY if he can seal the deal with a win on this one early in the season.
Sabine is known for its redfish and white bass but there have been some largemouth weighed in over the 10 pound mark, which means it shouldn’t take too much to break 20 pounds. From local reports the anglers should expect a good showing during mid-March but it is said to not expect much during the summer months since it can often only take a single fish over three or four pounds to win an event.
The expected techniques to win include shallow crankbaits, spinnerbaits, swim jigs, and jerkbaits. The guys moving baits quickly should do well if they can stick to the shallows.
There are five stand out guys in the in the Sabine event, and luckily for me they are all in separate groups. With the expectation of a shallow water spinnerbait and crankbait to do well power-fisherman have my picks for this event, they include:
Kevin VanDam: KVD is the power-fishing king, the man knows crankbaits and he slays ’em on spinnerbaits, that’s not to say he can’t fish a swim jig either. Kevin accounts for 20.7% of picks in Group A, just behind local Todd Faircloth.
Paul Elias: It wasn’t long ago that Elias broke a record on Guntersville in the FLW and a record on Falcon which BASS will be at later on this year. Though Elias can’t throw the Alabama Rig he sure knows how to wing some crankbaits and that should play well on Sabine.
James Niggemeyer: James is an excellent angler, there is no doubt about that. No matter what water he is on there is a pretty good chance he’ll make the cut, so putting him on some home water should bode well for him. Niggemeyer is known for his ability to quickly adapt but he has the advantage of being close to home on Sabine.
Jason Quinn: Quinn is a safe bet no matter where the tour takes him especially when it comes to fishing fast and patterning fish on a new body of water. He proved to do well on the Major League Fishing events which showcased his abilities extremely well.
Jason Christie: Christie is bouncing from trail-to-trail, he fished the FLW’s event on Lewis Smith which pulled his attention away from Sabine but I’d be willing to bet he has a plan formulated and is ready to rise in the ranks of the Elite Series pros.
Well there you have it, my top five. We are looking forward to the 2013 Elite Series, especially the post-season event on our home water of Muskegon Lake. Good luck to all the anglers!