Ounces mean everything

The 108-angler field will be cut to the top 50 after today’s weigh-in. An ounce or two will be the difference between earning a $10,000 check and fishing another day versus going home empty-handed. Fiftieth place after Day 1 was 7 pounds, 15 ounces. There were nine anglers bunched from 8-1 to 7-13.

Brandon Card might have lost an ounce or two on the 4-pounder he caught yesterday. It had bite marks like this on both sides of its tail, probably as the result of a narrow escape from an alligator or big gar. Card might need those ounces. He started today in 45th place with 8-1.