Scorecard Snapshot – Red River Regrets

Photo Bassmaster.com

Davy Hite won the 2001 Bassmaster Tour event on Lousiana’s Red River with a four day catch of 41-08, enough to outlast second place finisher Guy Eaker by over five pounds.

The victory was Hite’s fifth with B.A.S.S., and second that year. He has since added three more and continues to compete.

While it was only a little over a decade ago, much as changed at B.A.S.S. since that 2001 event. Of the top ten finishers, only Hite and Todd Faircloth compete on the Elite Series today. Between 11th and 20th, Edwin Evers and Mike McClelland are the only other Elite Series holdovers. Others have either died, retired (both voluntarily and involuntarily) or left for the FLW Tour.

At the time, though, the tournament’s historical significance centered on another current Elite Series star, one who didn’t even make the money that week.

Do you remember what happened?

  • reggie calhoun

    dean rojas was D.Q. for casting in a private lake.

  • Braden Maddox

    Dean Rojas was leading the event by over 7 pounds after two days before finding out that he was fishing waters off limits and approached the tournament directors who agreed and disqualified his first two days weight.
    When the Red River was impounded, landowners were offered a choice. Either have thier land flooded and post signs saying private fishing or take a buyout. All landowners took the buyout but one, the owner of the private hole Rojas had been fishing. He still fished the last day but there was little chance of him breaking back into the money.

  • P.J. Pahygiannis

    The extraordinary circumstances centered around the tournament leader entering the day, Dean Rojas. Rojas who had over a seven pound lead realized he was fishing in questionable waters and approached tournament officials to confirm his fears. It turned out that he had in fact been casting into an area that was off-limits to anglers in the event.

    “I was going over some paperwork last night and realized that I had committed a rules infraction,” said a disappointed Rojas. “I approached tournament officials this morning about the situation. This is a clean and respectable sport with clean and respectable competitors. It’s unfortunate that this happened, but rules are rules. If every angler on the trail didn’t follow the rules, we would not have the premier tournament organization in the world.”

    “Dean met with me this morning and admitted that he had made a mistake by fishing in off-limits waters during the first two days of competition, said Tournament Director Mark Cosper. “As a result of this, his catch for those days was disqualified. I feel compelled to tell you that Dean could have simply withdrawn from this event and headed for home, but instead fished all day because he didn’t want to leave his amateur partner waiting at the dock. You must applaud Dean’s professionalism and integrity.”

    Rojas brought in 7-9 for the day, but was not able to move back into the tournament’s top 40.