High winds and rolling waves on Day One of the Empire Chase cracked boat hulls, overcame engines and swamped boats.
"I ran all the way down to Ticonderoga, went to the rod box. It was locked, and I realized my wife had the keys to it back in the truck. It went downhill from there."
Read how John Crews refuses to give in to discouragement, manages to regroup and stay focused as he fishes his way up the ladder in the 2007 Elite Series Blue Ridge Brawl.
In this article, you can read how John Crews got excited as he lipped a big one at the 2007 Elite Series Blue Ridge Brawl.
Weather conditions have anglers worried about lower weights at the Elite Series Blue Ridge Brawl.
Despite Comfortable Lead, Florida's Chris Lane Falters, Finishes Second
Some pundits may have found the predictions a little far-fetched. After all, how often do you see multiple limits over 30 pounds and more than 2,100 pounds of fish weighed?
The 50 remaining professional anglers took advantage of the conditions — landing sacks of fish so large that eight men are more than half way to breaking the record for a four-day weight total in BASS history.
The observer whose pro caught the biggest bass of the tournament on day two of competition won a brand new Triton TR186 bass boat.
Mark Perry and Chad Tregellas said they anticipated weights would be down from Day One, but they didn't think only 15 anglers would eclipse 10 pounds.