Prior to the start of the AFTCO Bassmaster Elite at Florida’s St. Johns River, Elite rookie Buddy Gross lamented what he described as the worst practice of his professional career; but the pro from Chickamauga, Ga. began the first day of his first Elite event with a strong start.
According to BASSTrakk Gross got the ball rolling with a 4-pounder at 8:14 a.m. and added four more keepers of 2-6, 2-10, 2-0 and 2-8 to take an early lead with 13-8. (Weights unofficial.)
The day’s just under way, but the strong start — on a cold front day, no less — should give Gross the confidence to breathe a little easier. We’ll keep our eye on this one.