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GRIGSBY BREAKS 30 TO LEAD ON SEMINOLE

Posted by Z3 MEDIA STAFF on 03/13/2014

Story by Matt Pangrac - Photos by Dave Rush

Bainbridge, GA – Florida’s Shaw Grigsby got the 2014 Elite Series season off to a rousing start on Thursday, weighing in a limit of Lake Seminole largemouth to the tune of 30-5 to take the lead heading into Friday.  

Behind Grigsby is fellow Floridian, Bernie Shultz.  A self-admitted slow starter each season, Schultz finished the day in 2nd place with a 26-14 limit that was anchored by a 10-10 largemouth.  

Arkansas’ Kevin Short ended the day in 3rd with a limit weighing 25-9, and Elite Series rookie Brett Hite continued his hot streak in 2014 by ending the day in 4th with 24-11.  Oklahoma’s Tommy Biffle rounded out the top five with 23-13.  

In all, 11 anglers broke the 20-pound mark on Thursday, and 49 anglers brought in at least 15-pounds. 

Shaw Grigsby1st Place: Shaw Grigsby (30-5)
Grigsby on when he realized Thursday was a special day:
“It wasn’t until 8:30 or 9:00 when I realized that I had several big fish.  I was putting one in the livewell and I remember thinking, ‘Dude, things may work out today.’  I was in an area where I thought I could catch two fish, and I caught a 2-pounder and a 5-pounder.  I was happy with those two fish, and then I suddenly caught a 6-pounder, then I caught another 6-pounder, and then I caught a 7-pounder.  At that point, I realized that things were getting really crazy.”

Grigsby on breaking the 30-pound mark:
“It’s been a while since I caught a 30 pound limit. 35+ pounds is my biggest limit ever and I caught, and that was from Toho. I’ve had two 32-pound stringers at Toho before, also.  One of those limits was caught by exclusively sight fishing, and the other limit was caught mixing it up between flipping and sight fishing.   I know that I’m letting the cat out of the bag here, but this is probably the biggest limit that I’ve ever weighed-in where I wasn’t looking at them.”  

Grigsby on the current stage of Seminole’s largemouth:
“Bass do a certain thing every year.  They’re out deep when it’s cold, and then they move up into pre-spawn spots and they stage before they slide up to spawn and then they move back.  They started spawning (on Seminole) about a month ago, so we are in mid-spawn.  You have bass that have spawned and moved back out and are post-spawn.  You have bass that are still moving up to spawn so they’re pre-spawn.  You have pre- and post-spawn bass that are all out there, and then you have the males that are up on the bank waiting for the females to filter in and do their deal.  What you try to do is either intercept the pre- and post- (spawners), or you intercept them on the beds.  I’m doing both.”

Grigsby on how he sees the rest of the tournament playing out:
“I don’t know whether I’ll get a bite in that same area or not.  I’ve got a couple more areas to hit, and then sight fishing is always there to catch a decent little sack.

“After today, there are two things that are probably going to happen in this tournament. Either there are no more fish where I’m fishing, or there are fish still there and I’ll have another good sack tomorrow.  If that’s the case, the area will probably get pretty beat up after tomorrow.”

2nd Place: Bernie Schultz (26-14)
Schultz on fishing in a crowd:
“I saw one guy catch a decent fish early in the morning, and he caught that fish off of a bed that I was planning on fishing next.  It was just one of those deals where he beat me to it. If there’s a good fish on a bed, you can count on (the fact) that until it’s caught or until the fish leaves (the bed), someone is always going to be sitting on it.  

“These areas are small and there’s just no room to move.  I was boat number four this morning and I was the first boat in the spot.  I blinked and there were a dozen boats around me.  It’s extremely aggravating.  When I started this game, only a handful of guys sight fished. Now, only a handful of guys don’t sight fish. You have to be on your game and have things go your way or else you’ll be eating somebody’s prop dust.

“There was one boat in my second area, and he left.  There aren’t that many fish in there, so I guess that he figured he had what he needed for the day. I have other areas, but I anticipate them being just as crowded.”

Schultz on starting the year off with a 26-14 limit:
“There are no guarantees here, but my track record early in the season over the last few years has been terrible.  I’m just glad to get off to a good start.  I don’t know if it will hold up for the rest of the week, but I got a monkey off my back today.  

3rd Place: Kevin Short (25-9)
Short on starting the season off on a high note:
“It’s always really important to get the year started off on a positive note.  The worst thing for me is to start the year off and not catch them on the first day because it’s just hard to take and sets the tone.  Even though it’s just one good day, it really sets the tone for the rest of the year.  

Short on when he realized he was having a special day:
“When I had a decent limit at 9:00, I knew that the rest of the day would be a whole lot easier to get through because I only needed to cull two or three fish.”

Short on starting the Elite Series season on a new fishery where the Elite Series hasn’t visited before:
“I really like starting the year on a place where we’ve never been.  I didn’t come here and pre-practice or anything.  I just drove down for the official practice, put the boat in the water, and went fishing.  I didn’t have any preconceived ideas about anything.  I studied maps of course, but I just put the boat in the water and went fishing.”

Quotes from the rest of the field:

“You couldn’t have written the start to my season any better.  I won the first (FLW Tour) tournament on Okeechobee with a giant stringer and then went to Hartwell (FLW Tour), which is a totally different type of lake, but I pride myself on being a versatile fisherman.  I was hoping that there would still be some serious pre-spawn action on Seminole this week, and there is.” – Brett Hite (4th Place: 24-11).

“I do like to fish by myself, and my guess is that there are several guys trying to fish the same little pockets this week.  I’d rather find something that I have to myself.  I would imagine that the weights will get better every day.  I was hoping that the cold mornings would run some of those sight fish off, but it didn’t look like the cold night last night it hurt the sight fisherman too much today.” – Tommy Biffle (5th Place: 23-13).  

“The first bite of the morning actually came from the exact spot where I shook one off two days ago.  I went to a bunch of bedding fish and they were all gone, so I knew where I could go catch one before I made a long run.  I made the cast, and the fish hit the bait in the exact same spot.  I also caught a 6-4 today in the exact same place where I caught a 6-8 yesterday.  I have no idea if it was the same fish or not.” – Hank Cherry (6th Place: 23-3).

DAY ONE STANDINGS

PlaceNameDay 1
FishWeight
1 Shaw E Grigsby 5 30- 5
2 Bernie Schultz 5 26-14
3 Kevin Short 5 25- 9
4 Brett Hite 5 24-11
5 Tommy Biffle 5 23-13
6 Hank Cherry 5 23- 3
7 David Walker 5 21- 4
8 Mark Davis 5 21- 0
9 Todd Faircloth 5 20-15
10 Chad Morgenthaler 5 20-10
11 Brian Snowden 5 20- 3
12 Takahiro Omori 5 19-11
13 Cliff Crochet 5 19- 7
13 Charlie Hartley 5 19- 7
13 James Niggemeyer 5 19- 7
16 Britt Myers 5 19- 3
17 Morizo Shimizu 5 19- 2
18 J Todd Tucker 4 18-14
19 Dennis Tietje 5 18-11
20 Dean Rojas 5 18- 9
21 Davy Hite 5 18- 8
22 Cliff Pirch 5 18- 7
23 Chris Lane 5 18- 6
23 Brandon Lester 5 18- 6
25 Ott DeFoe 5 17-11
26 Kevin VanDam 5 17- 9
27 Josh Bertrand 5 17- 8
27 Justin Lucas 5 17- 8
29 Matt Reed 5 17- 7
30 Aaron Martens 5 17- 5
31 Marty Robinson 5 17- 1
32 Kurt Dove 5 17- 0
32 Randall Tharp 5 17- 0
34 Gerald Swindle 5 16-15
35 Brandon Card 5 16-10
35 Jamie Horton 5 16-10
37 Skeet Reese 5 16- 7
37 Byron Velvick 5 16- 7
39 Kenneth "Boo" Woods 5 16- 6
40 Jeremy Starks 5 16- 0
41 Yusuke Miyazaki 5 15-15
42 Trevor Romans 5 15-14
43 Andy Montgomery 5 15-10
44 Rick Morris 5 15- 9
45 Kelly Jordon 5 15- 5
45 Nate Wellman 5 15- 5
47 Matthew Herren 5 15- 4
48 Kelley Jaye 5 15- 3
49 Scott Rook 5 15- 2
50 Casey Ashley 5 14-13
51 Jacob Powroznik 5 14-12
52 Stephen Browning 5 14-11
53 Greg Vinson 5 14-10
54 Alton Jones 5 14- 9
54 Jared Lintner 5 14- 9
56 Mike Kernan 5 14- 8
57 Jason Christie 5 14- 5
57 Bobby Lane 5 14- 5
59 Chad Pipkens 5 14- 4
60 John Crews 5 14- 0
61 Michael Iaconelli 5 13-15
62 James Elam 4 13-15
63 Cliff Prince 5 13- 8
64 Bill Lowen 5 13- 3
65 Casey Scanlon 5 13- 1
66 Zell Rowland 5 12-15
67 Brent Chapman 5 12-13
68 Gary Klein 5 12-12
69 Bradley Roy 5 12-10
70 Russ Lane 5 12- 8
71 Kotaro Kiriyama 5 12- 3
71 Ish Monroe 5 12- 3
73 Byron Haseotes 5 11-14
74 Fred Roumbanis 4 11-12
75 Terry Scroggins 5 11-11
76 John Murray 5 11-10
77 Tracy Adams 5 11- 9
78 Keith Combs 5 11- 3
78 Fletcher Shryock 5 11- 3
80 Jason Williamson 4 11- 0
81 Chris Zaldain 5 10-15
82 Timmy Horton 4 10- 7
83 Kevin Hawk 2 10- 5
84 Boyd Duckett 3 9-12
85 Edwin Evers 4 9- 1
86 Brandon Palaniuk 5 9- 0
87 Glenn Browne 5 8-13
88 Stephen Kennedy 5 8- 9
89 Scott Ashmore 3 7-15
90 Keith Poche 4 7-13
91 Pete Ponds 3 7- 8
92 Mike McClelland 3 7- 4
93 Billy McCaghren 3 6-11
94 Randy Howell 2 6-10
95 Rick Clunn 4 6- 9
96 Jonathon VanDam 3 6- 5
97 Paul Elias 2 6- 3
98 Jeff Kriet 5 6- 1
99 Derek Remitz 3 5-12
100 Greg Hackney 2 5- 0
101 Kenyon Hill 1 4-10
102 Michael Simonton 2 3-15
103 Joel Baker 2 3- 4
103 David Mullins 2 3- 4
105 Jared Miller 2 2-12
106 David Smith 2 2- 7
107 Joseph Sancho 1 2- 3
108 Grant Goldbeck 1 2- 0