Bassmaster Elite Update: Surviving the Sabine
Orange, TX (June 20, 2018) The Q Crew Water Team survived the Sabine River with all four team members missing the cut all of them being within a pound of fishing on Saturday. Mark Daniels Jr. missed the Top 50 by 4 oz and Dustin Connell missed a full bag on day one, one more bass in the boat would have ensured him of making the cut. The heat and long runs out on this fishery took a lot out of the anglers, but they are all in good spirits as they head up to the Northern Swing of the second half of the Bassmaster Elite season. Congratulations to Greg Hackney for the wire to wire win.
“60th place is not where I wanted to finish but plagued with small bites I was thankful I salvaged some points and lived to fight another day. The Sabine River has its challenges being a tidal fishery and having vast amounts of water to fish. Was in the right areas just missed a few key things to get the right bites. We are officially halfway through with the season. It is time to put the foot on the gas and finish strong.”
“The Sabine River was one of the toughest practices I’ve ever had in my fishing career. Water temps hovered around 93 degrees which makes bass extremely hard to catch. I spent my practice time in several areas that I thought would be productive in the event such as Taylor’s Bayou, Neches River and the Sabine. In the event I focused my time in the Neches River where I landed myself in 52nd Place, 4 oz outside of the money cut. This stings a bit but with the way practice went I’m fortunate that it was not a bomb fish. On to the Mississippi River.”
~Mark Daniels Jr.
“Sabine River was an absolute grind out there. 90 degrees by about 9 am everyday. I had a decent practice that I thought I could get some better than average bites doing. I ran way down south to Taylor’s Bayou. I caught 3 decent fish and ran all the way back to the boat ramp and caught 1 more good one. Couldn’t get a 5th keeper. Little did I know, that cost me a top 50 finish. I ended up 57th and gained some AOY points toward the Northern Swing. I can’t wait to be catching big smallmouth in cooler temps!”
“Sabine River was a great fishery. I caught a ton of fish everyday but never had the big bite. I know one thing, I can depend on my Mercury Pro XS and running my DFI Quicksilver Oil during the extreme heat of Texas. I burned a lot of gas and covered a lot of water. I fished clean and never missed a fish, but never hooked into a quality bite. On to Lacrosse!”
- Brent Chapman 456
- Bradley Roy 427
- Greg Hackney 422
- Skeet Reese 417
- Josh Bertrand 413
18. Mark Daniels Jr. 350
21. Jacob Powroznik 343
63. Dustin Connell 274
65. Stetson Blaylock 269