Notable quotes from La Crosse

"There is no end to the pressure in fishing. It's probably one of the most stressful jobs there is. The quarry we chase has a tail and often swims away. …

"Let's go! I hate these long breaks. I'm ready to go."

— Edwin Evers, about whether he was feeling pressure as the Toyota Angler of the Year leader with two events left. Evers stretched his AOY lead to 44 points with an 11th place finish at La Crosse. The seventh of eight Elite Series events begins Aug. 8 on the St. Lawrence River.


"It was lights-out. It was unbelievable. I found a little clear-water deal on the south end. I guess every fish within 5 miles had swam in there. I just couldn't find a big one."

— Todd Faircloth, whose Marshal recorded 66 fish catches by Faircloth Sunday, when his best five weighed 14-13. Faircloth followed his win here in 2012 with a sixth-place finish.


"I caught most of them early (in the tournament) on a black-and-blue jig, flipping grass, wood and docks. I caught some on a frog, but that started to slack off as the water dropped. The last 20 fish I caught (today) were on a Robo Worm.

"It kind of morphed. That's the way I like it, where you have to change every day."

— Cliff Pirch, the Elite Series rookie from Payson, Ariz., after making his first Top 12 cut and finishing 8th.


"I got on a spot today where I caught 25 fish in a row. It was unbelievable."

— Fred Roumbanis, who finished fourth after throwing a wide-variety of hollow-bodied topwater baits all week — seemingly every make and model of frogs, rats and other creatures.


"Today a Spro Bronze-Eye Frog put everything in the boat. This river is a lot of fun."

— John Crews, who weighed 16-6 Sunday (second only to Biffle's 16-13) and is quietly having a special season. He's 10th in the Toyota AOY standings, after matching his third-place finish at Falcon Lake with another third at La Crosse.


"Any place we go where when you leave your boat absolutely reeks of bass, that's a good place."

— Kevin Short, about his numerous fish catches at La Crosse, where he finished 27th.


"Holy smokes. Look at the crowd."

— Grant Goldbeck, on the size of the Day Three weigh-in crowd. A larger crowd showed up on the final day.