He held his smile until he was about a half a step back stage when he started swinging his arms around out of frustration.
"It seems like destiny," said Thliveros, a six-time BASS winner. "This victory and defending this title are the hallmark of my career."
The tournament will continue Saturday, July 21 and conclude Sunday, July 22 as scheduled.
After the first day of competition, co-angler Robert Suhr was a quick learner, bagging big fish and making it back to the weigh-in in one piece.
The winds blew, the waves crested and the Bassmaster Elite Series pros dragged scads of smallmouth bass across the scales.
In this article, you can read how this month Peter Thliveros fishes on a small "mystery" lake and has seven hours to unlock its secrets while we log everything he does to find and catch bass.
We asked the final 12 to share what patterns and lures they used to make the cut and what was the single greatest factor in their success.
Jared Lintner asked Kennedy, "Why are you shaking? Is it because you're about to win?"
The two-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier, brought in consecutive 30-pound plus limits during the first two days of competition.
Just before daybreak on what could be the biggest day of his career, Greg Gutierrez was rummaging in a compartment in the bow of his boat, looking into a tackle box, rustling plastic sacks.