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Showdown Starts

Updated: September 13, 2007, 7:29 PM ET
By John McQueen | Special to ESPNOutdoors.com

KISSIMMEE, FLA. — As the Sunshine Showdown presented by Allstate Boat Insurance got under way in the heart of Florida bass country, a series of small thunderstorms off the east coast and the corresponding array of hues served to give the blast-off of the final event of the Elite Series a visual appeal.

The appeal was grounded in other things for local favorites, who believe adverse weather from such storms could go a long way in anglers securing good bags.

"The water is so hot ...

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