I have a few things rumbling through my brain (those who know me may say too many! You know who you are!)
1. It's very pleasant outside right now here in Zapata, a nice "San Diego-like" 72 degrees. But it's already much warmer, and less windy, than yesterday. Dead calm, in fact. That tells me one thing, and the meteorolgists agree -- the temperature is going to climb quickly here in the desert climate. By the time weigh-in begins at 3:15 p.m., it's supposed to be 94 degrees. That very well could effect the bite on Falcon Lake -- and some anglers are telling me it could be a positive effect on their bites. Offshore bites? A hunch. We'll have to follow along and see.
2. How good is Falcon? Take the case of Matt Reed, who knows the lake as well as anyone, who said this on stage yesterday after weighing in 20 pounds, 5 ounces of fish: "Yeah, but I didn't get any big ones." WOW! How many of you out there would say that when your fish average 4-plus pounds??? There are some monster fish out there.
3. One of my favorite parts of every Elite Series event I've had the pleasure of covering comes just before take-off, when we all are asked to stand, remove our caps and honor the American Flag with the playing of our national anthem. In the breaking light here on Falcon this morning, it gave me goose bumps....once again. Awesome stuff.