Water quality seemed to be a big issue was tidal conditions and wind muddied up certain areas.
“Clean water was definitely a factor,” said Gerald Swindle who struggled today.
“The area I went in was really muddy and that was a big change from practice and it seemed to make a big difference. However, tomorrow is a new day and we get back out and try again.”
Dennis Tietje, the Roanoke, La. angler many picked to win the event due to his experience in the area blew an engine 20 miles into a run into Louisiana and lost much of his day fishing. This came after losing a motor in practice Monday hitting a submerged obstruction.
“I still managed to put a fish on the board and after all I went through I feel good about that,” Tietje said.
“I have such good sponsors who had another boat for me ready to go and I am ready to hit the water with a positive attitude and go for it in the morning.”
“The people of Orange have been so overwhelmingly nice and everyone has rolled out the red carpet for us. It’s the least I can do,” he said.
Today’s weigh-in takes place 3:15 at the City of Orange Boat Ramp 1000 Simmons Dr. & Harry Reed Rd. in Orange.
1. Dean Rojas: 15-10
2. Mark Davis: 13-13
3. Cliff Crochet: 13-00
4. Hank Cherry : 12-11
5. Greg Hackney: 11-13
6. Ish Monroe: 11-03
7. Jeff Kriet: 10-13
7. Matt Reed: 10-13
9. Casey D Ashley: 10-09
10. Todd Faircloth: 10-07