Ten anglers had crossed the stage and nobody — still nobody — had caught Brian Snowden, who entered the final day with a 9-pound, 14-ounce-lead on second place Mike McClelland.
Two Bassmaster Elite Series pros have guaranteed there will be an enthusiastic crowd for the final weigh-in at the Sunshine Showdown.
The three started talking amongst themselves and decided that the tiebreaker was heaviest stringer of the tournament. That put Hallman behind both Davis and Faircloth, so he resigned to the fact that he wouldn't be in the final.
It was 43 degrees when the 12 Bassmaster Elite Series pros took off from Venetian Cove Sunday for the final day of the Sunshine Showdown.
Both Marty Stone and Alton Jones had a bass jump into their boat for the first time in their tournament lives — and add Jimmy Mize to that list, although he's had it happen before.
He grabbed the trophy from Weldon, shifted it back and forth in his hands a couple times, and then did what came naturally: one arm back in a flex and the other straight out into the air holding the trophy — Hulk Hogan style.
If this were any place else but Florida, Brian Snowden could already be counting his money from winning the Bassmaster Elite Series Sunshine Showdown.
Before they turned pro Davis, of Arkansas, and Snowden, of Missouri, were professional bass guides for hire.
"You're going to see a couple of guys today that are not very high in the top 50 jump up and make the top 12. And you'll have a couple of guys who are way up there who will fall today."
"This is one of those lakes where it's real easy to go from a hero to a zero."