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Day Four: Lessons learned

Dean Rojas enjoyed a second-place vantage throughout most of the event, and eventually secured the runner-up spot. 

JASPER, Texas — No matter what one does in life, there is always a lesson to be learned.

The same is true for the 12 CITGO Bassmaster Elite Series bass anglers who competed on the final day of the Lone Star Shootout presented by Triton Boats on Sam Rayburn Reservoir.

Bassmaster.com caught up with each of them after the weigh-in and discovered what lessons they learned.

John Murray
What is one thing you learned this week from your experience on Lake Sam Rayburn that can be helpful in future tournaments: "You need to expand your areas. It's not just me fishing out here; there are a lot of people out here fishing, so you sort of run out of fish."

Kelly Jordan
What is one thing you learned this week from your experience on Lake Sam Rayburn that can be helpful in future tournaments: "I fish here a lot, but never at this time of year when they're spawning like this. What I learned about the spawning fish was that they will stay up on the beds even with the water dropping."

Denny Brauer
What is one thing you learned this week from your experience on Lake Sam Rayburn that can be helpful in future tournaments: "The reality of it is, all the years I've fished this lake I have fished new water every time. What blew my mind is that some of the places I caught fish this week I had driven by in previous tournaments. Even today I learned some things and found some new water, so it's always a learning experience."

Tim Horton
What is one thing you learned this week from your experience on Lake Sam Rayburn that can be helpful in future tournaments: "I learned a little bit about how these fish relate to the drains and ditches in the water — basically, how the fish follow the drains into the flats and how you can catch them before they get there."

Takahiro Omori
What is one thing you learned this week from your experience on Lake Sam Rayburn that can be helpful in future tournaments: "If you have too much knowledge of the lake, it can haunt you. This is a lake I know more than any other tournament lake, and I know too many places, so I get a little impatient."

Stephen Browning
What is one thing you learned this week from your experience on Lake Sam Rayburn that can be helpful in future tournaments: "This is probably about my 10th tournament I've fished here, and I went to totally different waters this time. It really worked out for me, and I know now there are some new areas I can go back to and get some good fish."

John Crews
What is one thing you learned this week from your experience on Lake Sam Rayburn that can be helpful in future tournaments: "I was catching spawning fish pretty much all week. I gained a lot of confidence in my personal abilities to sightfish. I think I'm getting a little bit better at finding them or seeing them. I love sightfishing, because it's one-on-one. They know you are there and you know they are there, and it's a cat-and-mouse game to get that fish to bite."

Mark Tyler
What is one thing you learned this week from your experience on Lake Sam Rayburn that can be helpful in future tournaments: "I don't know if I can specifically say one thing, but experience is experience. Anytime you can add to your memory bank, I can take everything I know from this lake and apply it next time I'm here."

Bill Lowen
What is one thing you learned this week from your experience on Lake Sam Rayburn that can be helpful in future tournaments: "Next time I go in for one in the bush, I'm going to try and stay in the boat. (Watch next Saturday on Bassmaster Television to see Lowen take a dive.)"

Kevin VanDam
What is one thing you learned this week from your experience on Lake Sam Rayburn that can be helpful in future tournaments: "Keep an open mind. I didn't fish as well as I could have, so I'm hoping to just stay on a roll and perform better at Santee Cooper."

Dean Rojas
What is one thing you learned this week from your experience on Lake Sam Rayburn that can be helpful in future tournaments: "Just keep giving it 100 percent, more than anything. Keep pouring the pressure on, and today I did more than ever; and I just got beat. I don't know what else I could have done."

Greg Hackney
What is one thing you learned this week from your experience on Lake Sam Rayburn that can be helpful in future tournaments: "I learned that I am $100,000 richer."