Day Four notes and quotes

Updated: April 9, 2011, 1:47 PM ET
By Deb Johnson | Bassmaster.com

FLORENCE, Ala. — Wellman's morning surprise:Elite rookie Nate Wellman's parents drove all night from Grand Rapids, Mich., to cheer him on Saturday in his first top-12 competition day.

"How could we not come, we're his 'pit crew,' " said Laurie Wellman, who took turns at the wheel with her husband, Ross, to cover 720 miles in one haul. "As soon as we knew he made the cut, we said, 'Why not, let's do it.' "

They surprised their son at the Pickwick Lake ramp.

"I didn't know ...

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