After the first day of competition, co-angler Robert Suhr was a quick learner, bagging big fish and making it back to the weigh-in in one piece.
The winds blew, the waves crested and the Bassmaster Elite Series pros dragged scads of smallmouth bass across the scales.
"I'm really hoping I don't have to throw mine out," angler Gary Klein said, "but depending on the wind it could be one, two or even three."
Most of the anglers at the Bassmaster American are pleasantly surprised with their Day One weights.
The anglers fishing Sunday tell all on baits, spots and strategy
Cloud cover, steady winds and generally warming water temperatures no doubt boosted the field as a whole.
Anglers say winner should eclipse last year's 104-8 total
As Alton Jones was being driven to the ESPN headquarters at 6 a.m. Monday, he was still trying to grasp what had happened to him in the past 24 hours.
What would you do if given the Bassmaster Classic trophy for a day?