Crews knows how fast it happens here

With three days off the water, nobody knows quite what to expect today. But John Crews is well aware of how fast you can catch 20-plus pounds on the St. Johns River. It was on Day 1 here last year when Crews caught the 11-pound, 2-ounce big bass of the tournament en route to a 24-pound, 13-ounce second-place bag.

"I didn't have it pinpointed," Crews recalled. "But there were definitely fish pulling up. Right before I caught that 11-pounder, I caught a 6 1/2 and a 4 1/2 off beds. They were one-flippers, so those fish had definitely moved up there and were just getting territorial. I plan on going back to that area."

While Crews did catch those first two off spawning beds, he made a cast to a likely looking target - not a spawning bed - when the 11-pounder bit. Again, it's a reminder of how fast it can happen here - three bass totaling over 22 pounds in a matter of minutes.