Gross gets going early

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.