It was an awesome day today. It was like magic.
He didn't want me, 20 years from now, to regret never giving this my best shot. He knows the opportunity I have in front of me. So I really haven't quit, but I won't be around this year. I'm going fishing.
I don't know if I'm on enough fish to win yet, but I think I'm on enough to make a very good showing.
I think you'll see four or five 20-pound bags the first day, and a bunch of 15- to 18-pound bags.
I looked down and it looked like a torpedo on the sand. She was looking right at me.
The fish were skittish today. Growing up in Florida, I knew how to make them bite. The lake has changed over the years, but they're still Florida fish.
When I hit the big fish, I started shaking.
I had a big fish marked and I went straight to her.
After I boated that big one, I had to sit down for 10 minutes. I promised myself I wasn't going to scream and holler like an idiot, but I did.
I've got three patterns that I found in practice, and that's what I'll be doing tomorrow. I think what I'm doing is a smart move.
It took a while to get my fifth fish. I should be OK for [today]. I have one flipping pattern with a pretty good bite. I feel like I can do a 20-pound bag out there.
The spectator traffic wasn't even a factor today. With this weather, they all headed for the hills.
I was so excited with my day that I came in about 45 minutes early to make sure I wasn't going to be late.
Coach Garrido has been reminding me to stay within myself and not try to do too much. I got a pitch I could handle and good things happened.
I had a terrible practice. I caught only two fish, about a pound-and-a-half apiece. It wasn't right yet.
Everything was setting up like that tournament. The water temperature, the moon phase, the time of the year, everything was the same.