Just before daybreak on what could be the biggest day of his career, Greg Gutierrez was rummaging in a compartment in the bow of his boat, looking into a tackle box, rustling plastic sacks.
His bag bulged like a college student's laundry sack. He might as well have been submerging a suitcase.
No angler is hotter, but several are close enough to give Gutierrez a tight chase.
Warm weather means most anglers trade in their crankbaits for soft plastics.
Santee Cooper Reservoir is all the rage. And rightfully so.
Amidst thunderstorms and hail the roster was cut to 50 at the Citgo Bassmaster Southern Challenge.
Day One of the 2006 Elite Series Southern Challenge has Denny Brauer and Alton Jones tied for first place.
Follow the B.A.S.S. pros as they weigh-in on day one of the 2006 Santee Cooper Showdown.