Most times Glenn Browne is presented with opportunities to catch fish with a flipping rod in his hand, he's going to take advantage of it. At Toledo Bend, however, he couldn't get on a consistent flipping pattern in practice and he opted instead to sight-fish on day 1, catching 16 pounds.
He missed a couple fish on day 2 that would've given him a couple extra pounds, but he made his first cut of the season in 45th place. On day 3, though, he opted to get off the sight-fishing program in hopes that he could trigger some bigger post-spawn bites.
"I had some good bites flipping in practice, but never got on it really good," he said. "I'm pretty good friends with Chad (Morgenthaler) and knew he was catching them flipping. I room with Jacob (Powroznik) and I told him I'd back off the sight-fishing because I knew that was part of his deal.
"I went to some other areas and started fishing around on the outside and then I went inside and started flipping the grass and caught a 5-pounder."
As it turned out, his 21-10 stringer was the heaviest on day 3 and moved him up to 13th. He missed the Top-12 cut by 3 1/2 pounds.
"I wish I would've fished my strengths more," he said. "If I had been doing that all week, I'm quite sure I would've been in the mix. I knew Jacob had found some sight-fishing so I went and did that, but I'm kicking myself because if I'd have just gone and did what I do, I would've caught 17 a day at least."
He caught his flipping fish around thick clumps of hay grass mixed with other vegetation.
"There was some matted stuff, but I wasn't punching," he said. "I was flipping a big jig a friend of mine builds back home. I was more flipping the edges. I think they were spawning on the edge and they were just deep enough where I couldn't see them, but any point or clump in the grass there'd be a fish in it."
After narrowly missing the cut in each of his first three Elite Series events he's happy to come away with a positive result.
"I've had a couple tough tournaments so far and I was just happy to get in the 50-cut this week," he added.
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