Welcher on the board

Elite Series rookie Kyle Welcher ran about 10 miles north of take-off, ducked into the back of a canal and quickly broke the ice.

The bass wasn’t a giant - Welcher had to measure it - but the first-fish monkey is off his back.

Welcher said he was going to run-and-fun from here to Little Lake George.

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