First day of tournament postponed due to high winds

Anglers received a text at 6:40 a.m. ET advising them that the first day of the AFTCO Bassmaster Elite at St. Johns River has been cancelled. Later it was determined that the day was merely postponed and anglers will fish 4 days starting tomorrow.  The National Weather Service has issued an advisory for our area that winds will be 15-25 miles per hour with gusts up to 40 beginning late morning and continuing throughout the entire day. B.A.S.S. tournament officials decided to postpone Day 1 due to that advisory.

"As much as everyone is ready to get the season started, the safety of our competitors, Marshals and staff have to always come first," said Tournament Director Trip Weldon.

We'll have full coverage of the Elites waiting to get started today on Bassmaster.com. 

Cox does not feel the need for speed

John Cox, who joins the Bassmaster Elite Series this year after qualifying through the grueling Bassmaster Opens trail, is running a deep V 1850 Bass Hawk Crestliner aluminum boat that has a top speed of about 60 mph. And that’s just fine for the angler who was a real force on both Opens divisions last year, with five Top 20 finishes that included a win and a second-place finish.

Being able to comfortably run in rough water during the northern swing was one consideration, but it really boils down to an incident that changed his philosophy on the need to get to his early morning spot quickly.

"I ran myself over in, like, 2012 or ’13,” Cox explained. “I got thrown out and the motor got me.”

Cox was fishing another tournament circuit when the accident happened, and his co-angler (Bryan New, who won the BassPro.com Bassmaster Central Open on Lake Kissimmee last month) was thrown over Cox’s head and into the water.

“I tried to hold on, and that was probably a mistake,” Cox said.

The angler hit the water close to the boat, and he sustained injuries to his leg, side and head when the boat ran over him. Fortunately, he was not cut by the prop.

That incident happened while he was running a fiberglass bass boat at high speed, so from that point on Cox hasn’t been one to hammer down.

"I was running like 70 (mph when the accident happened), so I just kind of run slow now — because it’s not worth getting run over, you know,” he said.

Weather outlook for St. Johns this week

THURSDAY

The latest high-resolution model runs show that much of the day on Thursday looks to be dry but rain chances will start to creep up during the early afternoon hours. While a shower is not likely before weigh-ins are complete, there will be a very small chance. Nevertheless, it will be a warm and muggy day on the river with plenty of wind. We'll start off the fishing day with cloudy skies and in the mid-60s and end up with a daytime high in the mid-80s just before the boats pull in to dock. Dewpoints will be in the mid-60s throughout the fishing day and winds will be out of the south at 10-20 MPH with gusts up to 30 MPH possible. The chance of rain is only 20%.

HEADS UP FOR THURSDAY NIGHT

Jocumsen is ready

Florida sunrise put on a show for us yesterday morning. Only one day for me to run around the river which seems to be fishing pretty tough, good part is an off day today and time to got prepared for everything. A lot is going to change over the next few days so staying positive and keeping and open mind are going to be key for me this week, I've got some rest and ready to tackle the first event with everything Iv got!

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