After polling the anglers at their usual pre-tournament meeting Wednesday, this event appears to be more of a wildcard than in previous years.
After registration, Don Barone walks up to me and asks, "Are you hungry?" The only possible answer is yes. I then follow Don a good ways out of Palatka and end up at Mema's, which probably has the best fried chicken in the state of Florida. Definitely put it on your list if you find yourself in Palatka. The best part of the meal? db picked up the check!
Elite Series pros gather for the pre-tournament briefing.
Bassmaster Elite Series rookie Brandon Lester has signed with Mud Hole Custom Tackle.
John Vander Werf will be in the boat with John Murray tomorrow, one of many who take the opportunity to be a Bassmaster Marshal. Mr. Vander Werf takes dedication to the next level though. He's from Hillsboro, Oregon. It took 3 planes and thousands of miles but tomorrow he is learning from the best. And after that he's going to fish St. Johns for himself.