PALATKA, Fla . -- Best lines overheard on Day One of the St. Johns River Showdown.
“I got a few bites in practice but nothing like this.”
--Elite Series rookie Kevin Ledoux, after weighing 18 pounds, 9 ounces, good enough for 10th place.
“I’m going to tear today’s game plan up and turn it into toilet paper or something.”
“I’m madder than a midget in a high-jump contest.”
--Gerald Swindle after weighing 11 pounds, 11 ounces on Day One.
“I spent all day chasing my tail.”
“Don’t know if I can do that again tomorrow, but we gonna sure try.”
--Cliff Crochet after weighing 21 pounds, 5 ounces on Day One.
“If it’s not a 3-pounder, I don’t stop on it.”
“At home we call this kind a tree-shaker.”
--Greg Hackney as he pulled a 10 pound, 9 ounce bass from his weigh-in bag.
“I borrowed some 70-pound braid and broke off two fish the last hour.”
“I’m hoping not to do terrible here; bed fishing’s not my cup of tea.”
“In Florida, fishing can change in five minutes.”
“Hopefully, it’s going to get tough. I like it tough.”
“It was great to be fishing again.”
--Jeremy Starks, Scott Depot, W.Va., returning after a season out for medical reasons.