The pre-launch atmosphere at the marina was less hectic due to the field being cut to 50 pros. The mood is more upbeat than tense, as it had been the first two mornings.
Any pro that makes the first cut should feel proud of the accomplishment. Many do, and justifiably so.
However, I can see how easy it would be to be complacent if you're low in the top 50 cut and have little chance of making a big leap into the final 12. You've overcome the first major obstacle at ever Elite Series event, and you're assured enough in winnings to cover your expenses, and then some.
But, any pro worth his salt can't allow that to happen. Every bass, every ounce, earns points needed to qualify for bass fishing's Holy Grail--the Bassmaster Classic.