Here's what the Elite Series anglers had to say about their second day on Lake Erie.
High winds and rolling waves on Day One of the Empire Chase cracked boat hulls, overcame engines and swamped boats.
Fred Roumbanis' impending fatherhood seems to have played a role in his victory at the 2007 Major-Bassmaster American tournament.
Brian Hugdins said: "I had a seven pounder and a six pounder next to the boat today, but when I reached down to get them, they spit the bait."
"I put Super Glue on all my cuts, try to keep them closed up. I'm going to need stitches on a couple of these cuts."
"I can't say anything more than this is absolutely awesome," said the 2006 Toyota Rookie of the Year. "I never thought I could catch this much weight in a BASS tournament. It is amazing."
It's common bass fishing knowledge that a lake's entire population of largemouth does not assault the shallows to spawn in one great wave.
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.
His bag bulged like a college student's laundry sack. He might as well have been submerging a suitcase.