Day 1 Quotes
Gary Klein: "I lived on this lake for three years back in the early 1990's. It's a completely different lake now. It was full of aquatic vegetation then. That was good for all aquatic life – and certainly the bass. Now there's no weeds, and just man made brush piles. There's a still a lot of fish here, and there are some giant bass here, but it's just much, much tougher to catch them now compared to 20 years ago."
Shaw Grigsby: "I love my Florida Gators, but Alabama is a legitimate #1 team. My Gators could be hurtin' in this one. It'd be awesome if Florida won, but honestly, I'm doubtful we will."
Mike McClelland: "It seems like there's more bait in Conroe this year. I've seen big Gizzard Shad being chased, and when you see that, you know there are big bass in the area. It's a tough bite, and anybody that's fortunate enough to catch one or two big bass over three days will go a long way in the final standings."
Gerald Swindle: "On the way to launch in my Tundra this morning, I listened to Brantley Gilbert's song 'Kick it in the Sticks'. It's got the words of a redneck, a Motley Crue beat and a Kid Rock attitude."
Kevin VanDam: (spotted carrying a box of wet baby towelettes was asked if he’d had a rough dinner last night) "Nope, just Mexican dinner."