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Day Two at the Big Toho Marina

6:51 am EST, Jan 24, 2014

When the wind is not your friend

6:40 am EST, Jan 24, 2014

I'm watching the American flag twirl around the flagpole in all directions of the compass. There's going to a crosswind all the way to the Kissimmee lock.


That's the setup for this morning. It's do or die day here so that probably won't matter much to the pros.


What could though is how the wind affects boat positioning on the wind blown flats. And how the wind affects water clarity in some areas.


Such are the nuances of this sport.


Oh yeah, there's an official Wind Chill Advisory until midday. Guess the National Weather Service didn't want us to feel left out with the rest of the country.

Off to a cold start on Day Two

6:20 am EST, Jan 24, 2014

That's some cold Florida water too!

Waiting to weigh in

5:14 pm EST, Jan 23, 2014

Headed in

2:52 pm EST, Jan 23, 2014

I just received this pic from Tow BoatUS. Looks like my rig is headed in.


I bummed a ride with fellow competitor Hunter Shryock to get back to Toho and swapped over to Charlie Hartley's boat to make it in for weigh-in. Tough day but looking forward to weighing what little I've got and going for a big bag tomorrow. 

Broke down

2:37 pm EST, Jan 23, 2014

Catching a ride with Hunter Shryock. 

Lomax lands No. 2

11:47 am EST, Jan 23, 2014

Photo submitted by Landon Lomax.

Chilling out

9:56 am EST, Jan 23, 2014

The trade off of a typical January day in Florida. You can't wait for the sun to come up and warm the day. With the sun comes the wind. It's out of the north at 10 mph.


I'm riding along with photographer James Overstreet. What an honor. Earlier this morning, the cops recognized him and let us cut through a line of 200 boats at the launch ramp. Here's wishing one of his fans delivers cups of hot chocolate.


We've pulled up on a massive grass flat. This pic gives you some idea about the effect of the wind. 

Shocked the locks are already clear!

8:38 am EST, Jan 23, 2014


7:40 am EST, Jan 23, 2014