Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Mosley overcomes adversity and takes lead in Bassmaster Elite at Sabine River

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Brock Mosley of Collinsville, Miss., is leading after Day 2 of the Folds of Honor Bassmaster Elite at Sabine River with a two-day total of 21 pounds, 6 ounces.  

Photo by Seigo Saito/B.A.S.S.

June 2, 2023

Mosley overcomes adversity and takes lead in Bassmaster Elite at Sabine River

ORANGE, Texas — Despite losing about two hours of fishing time to a mechanical issue, Brock Mosley of Collinsville, Miss., tallied a two-day total of 21 pounds, 6 ounces to take the lead in the Folds of Honor Bassmaster Elite at Sabine River.

After placing 12th on Day 1 with 9-15, Mosley added a second-round limit of 11-7 on Friday. He heads into Semifinal Saturday with a half-pound lead over Kyle Welcher of Opelika, Ala., and a 3/4-pound margin over Keith Poche of Cecil, Ala.

“This place fishes a lot like how I do back home,” Mosley said. “You just put your head down and grind it out and know that you’re only going to get a handful of bites and you’re going to have to capitalize on them.”

Mosley, who finished second the last time the Elites fished the Sabine (2021), spent the first three days of that event fishing 110 miles west in the Houston area. This time, he traded that long-range game plan for a more local strategy that began on the main river within a couple miles of takeoff.

“Every year, I’ve caught them a different way,” Mosley said. “This morning I got off to a good start and then I made a long run up Taylor Bayou, but I had boat problems and had to come back in. The service crews did a good job getting me back on the water and I ended up making that long run (back up Taylor) and got some bites.

“I was kind of questioning if I had enough fuel to make the run again, so I took my time, eased over there and conserved my fuel. I got over there and realized that I still had enough fuel to make it back.”

Mosley began his day with a mix of topwater and flipping baits. Prior to his mechanical issue, he had about 10 pounds in his livewell.

“I had 8 pounds pretty quickly and then I slowly culled up,” he said. “I caught one that I lost in practice by trying to boat flip it. The fish was on a piece of structure I fished today. It looked like about the same quality.

“I have a whole other deal going in Taylor that’s different from in the Sabine. Over here, I just want to get a limit and get my day started. They just seemed to be a little better quality.”

Noting a key difference in his first two days, Mosley said Day 1 saw him lose a couple of nice bass early. Fishing clean on Day 2 propelled him to the top of the leaderboard.

Summarizing his improvement, Mosley said: “Everything just went right today, other than the boat problem.”

Welcher placed 17th on Day 1 with a limit that weighed 9-6. Adding 11-8 and climbing 15 spots to second with 20-14 was a matter of capitalizing on the right opportunities.

“Yesterday, I got two quality bites — two 2 1/2-pounders — and today I got two quality bites, but one of them just happened to be a 4-pounder,” Welcher said. “That’s the difference maker. A lot of us are catching a bunch of 1- to 1 1/4-pound fish. The person that catches two fish over 2 pounds a day stays up (high) on the leaderboard.”

Welcher said he’s catching his bass on a mix of flipping and reaction baits. He found the latter produced his best results.

“Yesterday, both of my biggest bites were on reaction baits,” he said. “Today, my 4-pounder was on a reaction bait. I caught my 3-pounder today flipping.”

Welcher said he figured out that proximity was his ally. In his mind, it is all about physics.

“I actually get really close to the bank because when you’re fishing really shallow cover and you know the fish are up there tight to the cover, I don’t want my bait to make a big splash when it hits the water,” Welcher said. “I don’t feel like fish are boat shy. I feel like they’re trolling motor shy. So, when I’m up there around those trees and grass, I want a really natural presentation.”

Poche caught a seventh-place limit of 11-2 on Day 1 and moved into third with a second-round bag that went 9-8. His two-day total was 20-10.

Employing his signature strategy of seeking secluded backwaters, Poche drove his 18-foot Gatortrax aluminum boat through a narrow passage off the Neches River, which led to an inner sanctum with 20-foot depths.

The deep water had produced good bites in practice. But today, Poche could only find quality fish on the shallow flow-through. After boating a few keepers in his backwater area, Poche moved to Cow Bayou and finished his bag.

“I like this place. It sets up well for me because I’m a shallow-water guy,” Poche said. “The tides were terrible today, so I’m so fortunate to have those fish I had. I had two good bites, but I had to run all over the place to get my limit today.”

Poche caught his fish flipping a Texas-rigged 3-inch Berkley Pit Boss.

Day 1 leader Chad Pipkens of DeWitt, Mich., is in the lead for the $2,000 Phoenix Boats Big Bass of the Tournament award with a 5-12. David Williams of Newton, N.C., earned the daily $1,000 Big Bass award for a 5-8.

Pipkens is currently in the lead for the VMC Monster Bag award with his opening-round limit of 14-7.

By placing second, Welcher took the lead in the Progressive Insurance Bassmaster Angler of the Year standings with 516 points. John Cox of DeBary, Fla., is in second with 507, while Brandon Cobb of Greenwood, S.C. — the AOY leader coming into the event — fell to third place with 499. Tyler Rivet of Raceland, La., is fourth with 467, and Will Davis, Jr. of Sylacauga, Ala., is fifth with 457.

Davis, Jr. also leads the Dakota Lithium Bassmaster Rookie of the Year standings with 457 points.

The Top 50 remaining anglers will take off Saturday at 6 a.m. CT from the City of Orange Boat Ramp. The weigh-in will be held at the ramp at 3 p.m., with only the Top 10 advancing to Championship Sunday with a chance to win the $100,000 first-place prize.

FS1 will broadcast live with the leaders beginning at 6 a.m. CT with continuing coverage on Bassmaster.com


The Folds of Honor Bassmaster Elite at Sabine River is being hosted by the Greater Orange Chamber of Commerce

2023 Folds of Honor Bassmaster Elite at Sabine River 6/1-6/4
Sabine River, Orange   TX.
(PROFESSIONAL) Standings Day 2

   Angler                   Hometown              No./lbs-oz  Pts   Total $$$

1.  Brock Mosley           Collinsville, MS        10  21-06  104
  Day 1: 5   09-15     Day 2: 5   11-07   
2.  Kyle Welcher           Opelika, AL             10  20-14  103
  Day 1: 5   09-06     Day 2: 5   11-08   
3.  Keith Poche            Cecil, AL               10  20-10  102
  Day 1: 5   11-02     Day 2: 5   09-08   
4.  Chad Pipkens           DeWitt, MI              10  20-06  101   $1,000.00
  Day 1: 5   14-07     Day 2: 5   05-15   
5.  Matty Wong             Honolulu, HI            10  20-04  100
  Day 1: 5   06-07     Day 2: 5   13-13   
6.  Jacob Powroznik        North Prince George, VA 10  19-15   99
  Day 1: 5   11-05     Day 2: 5   08-10   
7.  Kenta Kimura           Osaka JAPAN             10  19-09   98
  Day 1: 5   13-01     Day 2: 5   06-08   
8.  Larry Nixon            Bee Branch, AR          10  19-05   97
  Day 1: 5   10-13     Day 2: 5   08-08   
9.  Clark Wendlandt        Leander, TX             10  19-00   96
  Day 1: 5   10-03     Day 2: 5   08-13   
10. Hunter Shryock         Ooltewah, TN             9  18-10   95
  Day 1: 5   13-02     Day 2: 4   05-08   
11. Caleb Sumrall          New Iberia, LA          10  18-05   94
  Day 1: 5   05-14     Day 2: 5   12-07   
12. John Cox               DeBary, FL              10  18-04   93
  Day 1: 5   07-02     Day 2: 5   11-02   
13. Wes Logan              Springville, AL         10  18-04   92
  Day 1: 5   09-09     Day 2: 5   08-11   
14. Stetson Blaylock       Benton, AR              10  18-00   91
  Day 1: 5   11-03     Day 2: 5   06-13   
15. David Williams         Newton, NC              10  17-12   90   $1,000.00
  Day 1: 5   06-01     Day 2: 5   11-11   
16. Alex Wetherell         Middletown, CT          10  17-11   89
  Day 1: 5   11-09     Day 2: 5   06-02   
17. Jake Whitaker          Hendersonville, NC      10  17-04   88
  Day 1: 5   07-00     Day 2: 5   10-04   
18. Bryan New              Saluda, SC              10  17-01   87
  Day 1: 5   08-09     Day 2: 5   08-08   
19. Joey Cifuentes III     Clinton, AR             10  16-14   86
  Day 1: 5   08-15     Day 2: 5   07-15   
20. Ray Hanselman Jr       Del Rio, TX             10  16-14   85
  Day 1: 5   08-09     Day 2: 5   08-05   
20. Frank Talley           Temple, TX              10  16-14   85
  Day 1: 5   08-09     Day 2: 5   08-05   
22. Mike Huff              London, KY              10  16-11   83
  Day 1: 5   10-08     Day 2: 5   06-03   
23. Patrick Walters        Eutawville, SC          10  16-08   82
  Day 1: 5   10-15     Day 2: 5   05-09   
24. Matt Herren            Ashville, AL            10  16-08   81
  Day 1: 5   08-15     Day 2: 5   07-09   
25. Masayuki Matsushita    Tokoname-Aichi JAPAN    10  16-03   80
  Day 1: 5   09-07     Day 2: 5   06-12   
26. Lee Livesay            Longview, TX            10  16-02   79
  Day 1: 5   07-09     Day 2: 5   08-09   
27. John Crews Jr          Salem, VA               10  16-00   78
  Day 1: 5   05-02     Day 2: 5   10-14   
28. Jason Williamson       Aiken, SC               10  15-14   77
  Day 1: 5   06-06     Day 2: 5   09-08   
29. Matt Robertson         Kuttawa, KY             10  15-10   76
  Day 1: 5   08-05     Day 2: 5   07-05   
29. Bryan Schmitt          Deale, MD               10  15-10   76
  Day 1: 5   07-05     Day 2: 5   08-05   
31. Will Davis Jr          Sylacauga, AL           10  15-09   74
  Day 1: 5   05-06     Day 2: 5   10-03   
32. Logan Latuso           Gonzales, LA            10  15-08   73
  Day 1: 5   08-15     Day 2: 5   06-09   
33. Shane LeHew            Catawba, NC             10  15-06   72
  Day 1: 5   08-02     Day 2: 5   07-04   
34. Seth Feider            New Market, MN          10  15-04   71
  Day 1: 5   07-03     Day 2: 5   08-01   
35. Gregory DiPalma        Millville, NJ           10  15-02   70
  Day 1: 5   07-12     Day 2: 5   07-06   
36. Jay Przekurat          Stevens Point, WI       10  15-00   69
  Day 1: 5   07-12     Day 2: 5   07-04   
37. Kyoya Fujita           Minamitsuru, Yamanashi  10  14-12   68
  Day 1: 5   07-05     Day 2: 5   07-07   
38. Cole Sands             Calhoun, TN             10  14-11   67
  Day 1: 5   09-02     Day 2: 5   05-09   
39. Austin Felix           Eden Prairie, MN        10  14-11   66
  Day 1: 5   07-01     Day 2: 5   07-10   
40. Greg Hackney           Gonzales, LA            10  14-08   65
  Day 1: 5   07-14     Day 2: 5   06-10   
41. Steve Kennedy          Auburn, AL              10  14-07   64
  Day 1: 5   09-03     Day 2: 5   05-04   
42. Paul Mueller           Naugatuck, CT           10  14-07   63
  Day 1: 5   08-01     Day 2: 5   06-06   
43. Clifford Pirch         Payson, AZ              10  14-04   62
  Day 1: 5   07-08     Day 2: 5   06-12   
44. Drew Benton            Panama City, FL         10  14-01   61
  Day 1: 5   06-06     Day 2: 5   07-11   
45. Kyle Norsetter         Cottage Grove, WI       10  14-00   60
  Day 1: 5   06-12     Day 2: 5   07-04   
46. Todd Auten             Lake Wylie, SC          10  13-12   59
  Day 1: 5   05-10     Day 2: 5   08-02   
47. Joseph Webster         Hamilton, AL             8  13-08   58
  Day 1: 5   09-08     Day 2: 3   04-00   
48. Justin Atkins          Florence, AL            10  13-08   57
  Day 1: 5   05-05     Day 2: 5   08-03   
49. Buddy Gross            Chattanooga, TN         10  13-08   56
  Day 1: 5   06-02     Day 2: 5   07-06   
50. Bob Downey             Detroit Lakes, MN       10  13-04   55
  Day 1: 5   05-10     Day 2: 5   07-10   
51. Koby Kreiger           Alva, FL                10  13-03   54   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   07-14     Day 2: 5   05-05   
52. Taku Ito               Chiba JAPAN             9  13-01   53   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   06-13     Day 2: 4   06-04   
53. Tyler Rivet            Raceland, LA            10  12-15   52   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   07-08     Day 2: 5   05-07   
54. Clent Davis            Montevallo, AL          10  12-15   51   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   06-00     Day 2: 5   06-15   
55. Hank Cherry Jr         Lincolnton, NC          10  12-13   50   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   07-08     Day 2: 5   05-05   
56. Jamie Hartman          Newport, NY             10  12-12   49   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   05-07     Day 2: 5   07-05   
57. Brad Whatley           Bivins, TX              10  12-08   48   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   05-06     Day 2: 5   07-02   
58. Derek Hudnall          Zachary, LA             10  12-08   47   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   05-14     Day 2: 5   06-10   
59. Brandon Palaniuk       Rathdrum, ID            10  12-08   46   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   06-06     Day 2: 5   06-02   
60. Josh Douglas           Isle, MN                10  12-07   45   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   06-11     Day 2: 5   05-12   
61. Brandon Card           Salisbury, NC           10  12-06   44   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   06-09     Day 2: 5   05-13   
62. Skylar Hamilton        Jefferson, TN            8  12-05   43   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 4   04-07     Day 2: 4   07-14   
63. Chris Johnston         Otonabee Ontario CANADA 10  12-05   42   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   07-00     Day 2: 5   05-05   
64. Brandon Lester         Fayetteville, TN        10  12-05   41   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   05-08     Day 2: 5   06-13   
65. Chris Zaldain          Fort Worth, TX           9  12-03   40   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   08-05     Day 2: 4   03-14   
66. Scott Canterbury       Odenville, AL           10  12-03   39   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   06-10     Day 2: 5   05-09   
67. Darold Gleason         Many, LA                 8  12-00   38   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   08-03     Day 2: 3   03-13   
68. Michael Iaconelli      Pittsgrove, NJ          10  11-15   37   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   07-00     Day 2: 5   04-15   
69. Bryant Smith           Roseville, CA           10  11-12   36   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   05-11     Day 2: 5   06-01   
70. Luke Palmer            Coalgate, OK            10  11-11   35   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   04-09     Day 2: 5   07-02   
71. Bill Lowen             Brookville, IN          10  11-11   34   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   05-09     Day 2: 5   06-02   
72. Rick Clunn             Ava, MO                 10  11-08   33   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   04-15     Day 2: 5   06-09   
73. Cooper Gallant         Bowmanville Ontario CAN  9  11-08   32   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 4   05-06     Day 2: 5   06-02   
74. Jonathan Kelley        Old Forge, PA           10  11-04   31   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   06-07     Day 2: 5   04-13   
75. Cory Johnston          Cavan CANADA            10  11-04   30   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   06-03     Day 2: 5   05-01   
76. Jason Christie         Dry Creek, OK           10  11-04   29   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 5   06-00     Day 2: 5   05-04   
77. KJ Queen               Conover, NC              8  11-03   28   $2,500.00
  Day 1: 3   03-05     Day 2: 5   07-14   
78. Jeff Gustafson         Kenora Ontario CANADA    9  11-03   27
  Day 1: 4   03-14     Day 2: 5   07-05   
79. Bernie Schultz         Gainesville, FL          8  11-03   26
  Day 1: 3   04-00     Day 2: 5   07-03   
80. Keith Combs            Huntington, TX           7  11-02   25
  Day 1: 5   09-08     Day 2: 2   01-10   
81. David Mullins          Mt Carmel, TN           10  11-01   24
  Day 1: 5   05-08     Day 2: 5   05-09   
82. Gerald Swindle         Guntersville, AL        10  10-15   23
  Day 1: 5   05-01     Day 2: 5   05-14   
83. Pat Schlapper          Eleva, WI               10  10-15   22
  Day 1: 5   05-09     Day 2: 5   05-06   
84. Bradley Hallman        Edmond, OK               8  10-13   21
  Day 1: 4   05-09     Day 2: 4   05-04   
85. Drew Cook              Cairo, GA               10  10-11   20
  Day 1: 5   05-15     Day 2: 5   04-12   
86. Caleb Kuphall          Mukwonago, WI            8  10-08   19
  Day 1: 3   02-11     Day 2: 5   07-13   
87. Mark Menendez          Paducah, KY              9  10-05   18
  Day 1: 5   06-03     Day 2: 4   04-02   
88. Alex Redwine           Blue Ash, OH            10  09-15   17
  Day 1: 5   04-13     Day 2: 5   05-02   
89. Marc Frazier           Newnan, GA               9  09-13   16
  Day 1: 5   05-15     Day 2: 4   03-14   
90. Justin Hamner          Northport, AL            8  09-12   15
  Day 1: 3   03-00     Day 2: 5   06-12   
91. Brandon Cobb           Greenwood, SC            9  09-09   14
  Day 1: 5   06-03     Day 2: 4   03-06   
92. Ed Loughran III        Richmond, VA             9  09-09   13
  Day 1: 4   04-09     Day 2: 5   05-00   
93. Carl Jocumsen          Queensland AUSTRALIA     8  09-08   12
  Day 1: 3   03-02     Day 2: 5   06-06   
94. Scott Martin           Clewiston, FL            7  09-02   11
  Day 1: 2   01-12     Day 2: 5   07-06   
95. Micah Frazier          Newnan, GA               6  09-00   10
  Day 1: 2   04-09     Day 2: 4   04-07   
96. David Gaston           Sylacauga, AL            8  08-14    9
  Day 1: 5   05-13     Day 2: 3   03-01   
97. Cliff Prince           Palatka, FL              7  08-13    8
  Day 1: 5   06-09     Day 2: 2   02-04   
98. Cody Huff              Ava, MO                  5  08-03    7
  Day 1: 5   08-03     Day 2: 0   00-00   
99. Gary Clouse            Winchester, TN           6  07-15    6
  Day 1: 5   07-00     Day 2: 1   00-15   
100. Jacob Foutz            Charleston, TN           6  07-06    5
  Day 1: 5   05-02     Day 2: 1   02-04   
101. David Fritts           Lexington, NC            6  06-07    4
  Day 1: 1   01-01     Day 2: 5   05-06   
102. Matt Arey              Shelby, NC               5  06-03    3
  Day 1: 3   03-10     Day 2: 2   02-09   
103. John Soukup            Sapulpa, OK              3  04-06    2
  Day 1: 3   04-06     Day 2: 0   00-00   
104. Joshua Stracner        Vandiver, AL             0  00-00    0
  Day 1: 0   00-00     Day 2: 0   00-00   
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PHOENIX BOATS BIG BASS 
Day
 1   Chad Pipkens             DeWitt, MI          05-12      $1,000.00
 2   David Williams           Newton, NC          05-08      $1,000.00

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Totals
Day   #Limits    #Fish      Weight
 1        88       486       720-09
 2        84       473       678-05
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         172       959      1398-14

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