Later start times, weigh-ins designed to avoid fog delays

Longtime fans fo the Bassmaster Elite Series might have noticed that this morning's takeoff for the Power-Pole Bassmaster Elite at St. John's River started at 7:30 a.m. ET, little later than usual for an Elite event.

That was a strategic move planned long ago by B.A.S.S. officials to help curb issues with weather delays.

"It seems like every time we've come here, we've had issues with early-morning fog delays," said B.A.S.S. Tournament Director Trip Weldon. "We thought a later start time would be a good safe guard."

As it turned out, the weather was clear for Thursday's Day 1 takeoff. But who knows what it'll look like the rest of the week?

The later takeoff time will mean slightly later weigh-ins, 4:10 p.m. ET all four days.