ORANGE, Texas — Working the same area that produced top stringers for two days, Cliff Crochet found his “honey” hole sour during Saturday’s third round of the 2013 Bassmaster Elite Series opener on the Sabine River.
In third place after the first two rounds, Crochet arrived at the scales without a fish dropping him to 14th place and out of the running to make the top 12 anglers for Sunday’s finale.
His 25-pound total was nearly two pounds short of 12th place.
Gonzales’ Greg Hackney and Shreveport’s Clark Reehm zeroed, too.
The state’s fourth Elite angler, Dennis Tietje, from Roanoke, rallied from a blown engine in Thursday’s first round to put together back-to-back five-bass limits and stand ninth with a 27-11 total.
Dean Rojas, of Arizona, regained the lead he held after Thursday’s first round with an 11-14 catch for a 38-6 total. Todd Faircloth, of Texas, fell back to second place with 34-13. Ish Monroe, of California, is third at 31-11 followed by Terry Scroggins (31-6) and Jeff Kriet (30-6).
Sunday’s live weigh-in and leaderboard standings will begin at 3:15 p.m. on the Bassmaster website: http://www.bassmaster.com/.