Todd Faircloth was in the 2008 TTAOY race until the very end, giving KVD a run for his money.
The largemouth was the only thing that Kevin Short couldn't catch at the Champion's Choice.
Bobby Lane and Billy Brewer got to meet another pro, Buffalo Bills star Marshawn Lynch, to swap jersey's and talk shop.
The Kissimmee Chain wasn't kind to Elite Series pro Matt Amedeo. He finished the Citrus Slam, presented by Longhorn, in 93rd place, with a two-day total of 11 pounds, 10 ounces.
Day Two leader Kelly Jordon caught a small keeper around 9 Saturday morning, then released it a few minutes later. But he had no regrets when he failed to weigh a fish at the end of the day.
Forty-four-year-old Alton Jones has been tournament bass fishing for over two decades now. He has thoroughly experienced how gruelling that can be, especially a four-day, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. event, like those on the Bassmaster Elite Series. There are three practice days before the tournaments start.
The Kissimmee Chain produced four 20-pound-plus bags Thursday and three Friday. But Kelly Jordon was the only Bassmaster Elite Series angler to have a 20-pound bag days. That jumped Jordan into first place on Day Two of the Citrus Slam, presented by Longhorn.
New York Jets quarterback Chad Pennington set the hook on a three-pound largemouth bass after one of his first casts Wednesday morning at Lake Kissimmee. Then his line went slack.
The bass are further along in the spawning process at the Kissimmee Chain than they were on Florida's Harris Chain last week. And that's a bad thing in terms of catching fish during the Bassmaster Elite Series Citrus Slam, presented by Longhorn.
As he stood backstage Sunday afternoon, all Kotaro Kiriyama could think about was his terminally ill father as he waited to weigh-in on the final day of the Bassmaster Elite Series Empire Chase presented by Farmer's Insurance.