Early to rise, early to the scales

With most of our Bassmaster Elite Series schedule weighted on the springtime side of the calendar, we rarely see takeoff times as early as 5:30 a.m.

I'm more curious than anything else about how that will play into the time management of the anglers. Many practiced from sunup until 9 p.m. Chris Zaldain and Brock Mosley practiced for 13 hours, and they are only two examples.

What will be interesting to note, and I'll pose this question at weigh-in, is how that timeline affects the early and late bites. If an early bite is your game, then you will have plenty of time to give it a run. But what about all the guys whose best time during practice was later in the afternoon? As in 3 p.m. or so and beyond?

The weigh-in could provide the clues. The first flight is due back at 2 p.m.; the last flight checks in at 3 p.m. Let's see how it all pans out.