Quotable from Southern Open

“The PowerPole was just invaluable. The only thing I regret is not putting two on my boat.”

-- Marty Brown, who finished 11th                 

“I’m going to start getting ready for the Classic. Want to get my head in Louisiana.”

-- Keith Poche, who’s heading to his home state for the 2012 Classic on the Red River

“We always joke that Luke Gritter is the most popular angler to come out of Kalamazoo, Mich.”

-- Chris Bowes on another of B.A.S.S.’s favorite sons from Kalamazoo

“All my partners did their homework. They were around fish. All I had to do was catch them.”

-- Michael Bradford, who won the co-angler side by 4 ounces

“That’s how I caught a couple of my fishing, watching Mr. Lane fish.”

-- Bradford, who was teamed with pro winner Chris Lane

“Had four bites, had four fish.”

-- Daniel Lanier, 7th place pro

“I spent the last month in Florida and I absolutely love this. I plan on coming here every year during the winter.”

-- Kevin Hawk, who finished fourth

“A 2 x 4 is a tradition. I used one to cross a shallow sand bar.”

-- Third-place pro Keith Carson when asked why there was lumber on his boat deck

“I can catch them on Thursday and Friday, but I can never catch them on Saturday.”

-- Will Evans after bringing in 6-8 Saturday to fall to ninth

“I’ve just had a great event. For my first, I’m stoked.”

-- Day one leader Tim Frederick who finished fifth

“I missed a couple today. I’m a little disappointed.“

-- Avery McCormick, co-angler leader after two days who only needed 1-4 to win but only managed one 14-ounce fish Saturday.

“I got tell you. I had an emotional ride over there. This is the third one of these I won. My dad had a little episode about 3 weeks ago. I’m just glad he’s here to see it.”

-- Pro winner Chris Lane

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