No one realizes how important a tournament victory is to a pro angler until the winner has to talk about that victory. The moment often has long seconds of "dead air," as the winner tries to compose himself.
In one way, the big story from the Lake Norman Southern Open was Ron Farrow of Rock City, S.C. The 41-year-old sheetrock specialist was fishing his first-ever B.A.S.S. event. He didn't enter the tournament until the last minute.
The "bubble boy" left Lake Norman on Friday, still on the bubble. Cliff Prince had entered the Bass Pro Shops Southern Open presented by Allstate hoping to keep his Bassmaster Classic fate in his hands.
Williams was shocked by how tough Lake Norman got after the cold front passed through the area on Saturday night.