Velvick explained that he keeps the squirt gun wrapped in a plastic bag inside one of his boat's storage compartments until it's needed.
At the season's halfway point, while none of the remaining competitors is conceding anything, some patterns and probabilities are starting to take root with respect to the end-of-year standings.
Kevin VanDam will scratch and claw to get to the Top 12 every week and on the rare occasions when he doesn't make it to Sunday, heaven help anyone who gets in his way at the next event.
Coming out of practice, Steve Kennedy had located both sight fish and swimbait fish. He chose to target the swimbait fish first, but struggled because the cold nights had pushed them down.
A number of circumstances, both natural and man-made, conspired to keep some of the anglers from seeing their finned quarry.
Heading into the third day of competition, five of the top twelve anglers in the standings were either born in California, raised there, or at some point called it home.
It's like Groundhog Day, a broken record and déjà vu all over again rolled up into one.
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.
As far as 98 other anglers are concerned, Jordon has a big bull's-eye on his back, one about the size and shape of the nest of a spawning bass.
Despite his prior success here, Casey Ashley didn't have any spectator boats following him. No one had their eyes on him, and if he had his way he wouldn't have had to depend on his eyes, either.