6th: Monroe in a Groove Sabine River Day 2

> Day 2: 5, 10-09 (10, 21-12) Ish Monroe is thinking the odds have to eventually fall in his favor when it comes to catching a big fish this week. Every competitor above him in the standings has tangled with at least one fish in the 4-pound range and he’s hoping his time is coming.

“Keepers are not a problem for me,” he said. “It’s catching that big one. I bounced around a lot today trying to find one.”

He had plenty of time to do so after boxing a limit before 9 this morning. He had 12 keepers in all and about the same number of dinks. He’s kept his presentations simple and in line with typical river fishing, covering all portions of the water column with a frog, spinnerbait and a Missile Baits Missile Craw, which he’s been flipping.

“It’s one of those deals where if you have anything else tied on I think you’re wasting your time,” he added.

He’s surprised that he’s been by himself both days and thinks another 10-pound bag will earn him a Top-12 cut.

“I haven’t seen a boat the whole tournament except for when I come out of the area I’m fishing,” he said. “That’s an awesome thing. I really expected to see another boat or two in this area. The area that I’m fishing is so small you can’t have two boats in there. You’d have to follow somebody and if they got to a point where they had to turn around, one of you would have to back out. There’s about a half-mile stretch where you can’t turn around.” Full story


24th: Monroe Slowed Down

> Day 2: 5, 14-01 (10, 26-01) - Ish Monroe came in 2 pounds heavier than on day 1 and slid inside the cut line.

"I fished a lot of the same areas, but I slowed down my jerkbait presentation a little bit and went with a bigger River2Sea Trophy Minnow," he said. "I wanted a lot more (weight), but I had a few big bites that I didn't execute on at all. Tomorrow I'll go with the same program and try to catch a 20-pound bag."

He caught six keepers and his bag was topped by a 4 1/2-pounder.


27th: Monroe's Average Down

> Day 1: 5, 12-00 - Ish Monroe was able to get a big bite (he weighed a 5 1/4-pounder), but it was the other fish in his bag that were lacking.

"I said to myself if I could get four 2 1/2- to 3-pounders and one big one, I'd be all right," he said. "The problem was that I couldn't get to that average – they were all smaller.

"About every 45 minutes I'd get a bite, but I didn't execute like I should have."


Tournament Tough

Ish Monroe fished his first bass tournament when he was 14 years old, and he still remembers finishing 11th. Today, 23 years later, the Yamaha Pro is still competing fulltime; in fact, he's fishing more multi-day national events than any other pro in professional bass fishing.

"I just love to fish," laughs Monroe, who's become known as "Tournament Tough" around pro fishing circles. This year he plans to compete in as many as 25 national tournaments on the Bassmaster® Elite, FLW,® and PAA circuits. He's also entered in several Bassmaster® Opens, and might enter some others if his schedule has any openings. Counting both official practice as well as the tournaments themselves, he will spend 150 or more days in competition.

"My season began the first week of March this year, and I fished five straight events back to back," says Monroe, "but after that fifth tournament I knew I was ready for a break. "At 1 p.m. on a Saturday afternoon I really hit the wall while I was on the water. I recovered enough mentally and physically to compete the next day, but then, after about four days of relaxing at a friend's home, I was ready to go fishing again."

From bedding fish to Thai food

Today, Ish Monroe let fans ask him anything in his first Twitter chat. From topwater frog colors to Chick-Fil-A and Thai food, fans grilled the 2012 Bassmaster Elite Series Power-Pole Slam winner about a wide range of subjects. He was quick on the trigger with every question, answering 52 questions in just a little more than 30 minutes. Complete Twitter Chat

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