ORANGE, Texas — While Pierre Part’s Cliff Crochet held fast to third place, the fortunes of Gonzales tour pro angler Greg Hackney took a hit during Friday’s second round of the 2013 Bassmaster Elite Series opener on the Sabine River.
Crochet caught another five-bass limit, this one weighing 12 pounds to give him 25 pounds even going into Saturday’s third round. The near 100-man field was cut to the top 50 after Friday’s fishing.
Hackney, in fifth after Thursday’s first day, managed only one keeper bass and dropped to 25th place with a 13-10 total.
The field will be cut to the top 12 for Sunday’s final round.
Texas angler Todd Faircloth jumped Arizona pro Dean Rojas to hold the lead after two days. Faircloth had the day’s top stringer, 16-8, and has 26-15 to Rojas’ 26-8. Florida’s Terry Scroggins is fourth at 24-5, and Arkansas’ Mark Davis slipped from second to fifth with a 22-3 total.
It was a better second day than the first for two other Louisiana anglers. Dennie Tietje from Roanoke blew his engine Thursday, then rallied Friday with a 13-5 limit and jumped nearly 50 spots to stand in 18th place with a 16-3 total. Shreveport’s Clark Rheem came close to matching Tietje with a jump into the top 25. With a 14-4 total, he’s one spot ahead of Hackney.
Recently crowned Bassmaster Classic champion Cliff Pasce from Petal, Miss. holds the 29th spot at 12-15.
Most anglers reported catching numbers of bass but had to scrape to find bass that measures longer than the 14-inch minimum size.
Web video and leaderboard updates for the third and fourth rounds can be found on website: http://www.bassmaster.com. Weigh-ins are scheduled for 3:15 p.m.