Don't feel bad, they had everyone fooled. Of the 15 pros we asked to make three picks on whom they thought might win, eight mentioned Peter Thliveros and six said Terry Scroggins.
Usually the first day of a Bassmaster Elite Series event provides a pretty solid pecking order for predicting who will make the top 50 cut that occurs after the Day Two weigh-in.
Brewer pitched for seven seasons in Major League Baseball, from 1993 through 1999, mostly as a middle reliever.
Weather warnings barked out from bullhorns by BASS officials cautioned the boaters to be wary of today's forecast, calling for winds to gust to 35 mph from the south with damaging straight-line winds blowing across the area with the approach of a strong frontal passage.
Back in the day, the Harris Chain was a favorite stop for the pros and a hotbed for fans, igniting a mania the likes of which had never been seen before.
If you could use some inspiration for overcoming adversity, you need only look at the top of the Day One leaderboard
If it was your first time on a boat with a pro Thursday, you might as well have stayed off the water in the co-angler competition of the Sunshine Showdown.
Unlike the others, the winner of the 2008 Bassmaster Classic, Alton Jones, would not change a thing about his performance.
Kevin VanDam is very skeptical about the project weights anglers are predicting to win.
"It's unbelievable, dude," Kriet said. "I don't think anybody around here works.