Welcher’s second bass

Rookie Kyle Welcher had fish No. 1 in the boat before the sun broke the horizon good, but has struggled to make anything happen since.

But he just put another keeper in the livewell. Again, it’s not the size he’d like, but he was thrilled.

“Finally!” he said. “Now let’s keep the momentum going.”

Even with the shortened day, however, Welcher doesn’t seem too rattled.

“I haven’t caught them early all week,” he told some passing anglers who asked about his day. “I still have time.

“I’m going to catch them.”

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