"The whole thing was humiliating," Swindle said. "I had the trolling motor on high and the boat was swinging around while I was fishing a dock on my tip toes from the front of the boat, looking for fish. The boat hit the dock and I did a front flip, X-Games style off the front deck into the water."
In a timed sport, where minutes on the water often translate directly into dollars in the bank, valuable time spent on a fish that ultimately doesn't find its way to the weigh-in is the worst type of sunk cost.
Smith Mountain Lake, will be home to the fourth Elite Series event of the 2009 season. The lake spans a little over 20,000 surface acres with more than 500 miles of shoreline, most of it characterized by coves, docks and boathouses.
In this photo gallery you will see images of the 2009 Northern open on Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. You will see the second day weigh in.
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In this photo gallery you will see the 2009 elite series Dixie Duel in Wheeler lake in Alabama. It is day two behind the scenes.
Anglers proudly display their catch on Day One of the 2009 Elite Series Dixie Dual on Lake Wheeler.
The first day of competition on the Arkansas River got off to a slow start, with a three hour fog delay. Follow the 2009 Elite Series anglers as they launch their boats.
In this photo gallery, you'll find images of the anglers as they prepare to launch on Day Three of the 2009 Elite Series Battle on the Border on Lake Amistad, near Del Rio, Texas.
In this photo gallery, you'll find weigh-in images from Day Two of the 2009 Elite Series Battle on the Border on Lake Amistad, near Del Rio, Texas.