They were eight of the most precious hours of the year for pros competing in the 34th annual Bassmaster Classic, yet none of the casts made during Wednesday's practice round even counted.
Some anglers have won from the lead, while others have stormed back from behind to claim fishing's biggest prize.
The Classic is the most prestigious, most watched, most exciting, most heavily anticipated, most publicized and the most lucrative tournament of all. It is simply the most important contest in competitive fishing.
Even as he recited his list of potential disasters, however, Jay Yelas never truly exhibited any doubts that he would catch enough fish on the morrow and claim his first BASS Masters Classic world championship.