As the weigh-in on Day Three of the Champion's Choice presented by Toyota Tundra wound down, Shaw Grigsby sidled up to Timmy Horton, who was watching the standings backstage.
"Twenty-one pounds on five casts!" he said. "We're in trouble. We're so in trouble."
The temptation to pursue smallmouth bass on Lake Champlain is obvious. Even though the Champion's Choice presented by Toyota Tundra has caught the bronze-brown fish post-spawn, when they're not as aggressive, most of the Bassmaster Elite Series anglers in this field could catch them by the dozen, if so inclined.
Denny Brauer captured his lone Bassmaster Elite Series victory on Lake Champlain last year with a come-from-behind victory. If he is to repeat, he may not have terribly far to climb, after finishing Day One in sixth place with 17 pounds, 14 ounces.
The word from the Bassmaster Elite Series pros all week was that winning <photo1>the Champion's Choice presented by Toyota Tundra would require "a mix" of both largemouth and smallmouth bass.
Ish Monroe and John Crews were up until 11 p.m. the night before he began fishing the Champion's Choice presented by Toyota Tundra because as persons born after Jan. 1, 1974, they are required by Vermont law to take a boater safety course before motoring around Lake Champlain.
In this article, you can read how Skeet Reese and Terry Scroggins faced a close finish bowing to rookie Casey Ashley's win in the 2007 Elite Series Blue Ridge Brawl.
In this article, you can read how the anglers deal with "gin-clear" glassy surfaced water, as they face this untypical condition at Smith Mountain Lake in the 2007 Elite Series Blue Ridge Brawl.
Read how healthy, chubby smallmouth swirling around the 20,000-acre Smith Mountain Lake. ate the lunch of many of the anglers.
Weather conditions have anglers worried about lower weights at the Elite Series Blue Ridge Brawl.