Elite Series veteran John Crews was as apprehensive as any of the rookies prior to the start of this tournament. With a first-place total of 22 pounds before 11 a.m. today, count Crews as surprised.
"We got here and it's like the fish have been surgically removed from this place," Crews said Wednesday. "There's no grass. Then you start looking for things that are the same as the last times we've been here, and there's not a lot.
"The fishing is going to be a complete grind. It could turn out great. It's Florida. You might be able to scramble together a five-fish limit that will make people cheer. But I've yet to catch a limit any one day of practice - and that's sun up to sundown."
Crews' comments yesterday and his results today speak volumes about how fast the bass are moving shallow with this warm front.