A crisp start on La Crosse.
Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Paul Herron
Last day of practice, weather is horrible, Shaw Grigsby Jr. and Paul Elias, and I'm sure all the other Elites still take to the water, every minute counts. Trust me when I say this, but it is just miserable out there today.
It is a hair before 6:30 a.m., Tuesday, day two of practice here in La Crosse and the Mississippi River.
Shaw Grigsby is in that tiny boat heading out for practice, he won’t be back until sometime near 6:30 p.m. tonight.
Twelve hours of practice on his field of play.
Today, in an hour or so from now this morning, it will start raining, it will rain all day and into the night, flood warnings have been posted, and yet Shaw, and 100 or so of the other Elite anglers will not leave their field of play through all of it today, every moment on the water is precious, every cast, every fish hiding spot found could lead to a win, to a championship, to a banner with their name hanging in the rafters.
In 25 years covering sports at the highest professional level I have never seen anything like it, nothing even close.
You don’t have to fish to admire these guys.
You don’t have to like the outdoors to be amazed at what they do.
All you need to do is understand what they go through, and when you do, you will, like I have…become a fan.