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Day One Quotes

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. — Nuggets from the pros and co-anglers after Day One of the Southern Challenge:

"I caught fish all day. I couldn't do wrong."
— Terry Butcher, whose 26-3 bag was the only stringer heavier than 23 pounds

"It was incredible watching him fish. He was catching so many fish, he swung a 6-1 in the boat on his own."
— Dave Elder, Butcher's co-angler on the day

"You can catch 'em any way you want to."
— Jason Quinn (2nd, 22-10), who apparently did just that

"It's a river reservoir, but it fishes a lot like the natural lakes back home."
— Kevin VanDam (3rd place, 21 pounds, 4 ounces) on why he's so strong on Lake Guntersville

"It's such a good lake, you probably need 18, 19 pounds on your bad day to put you in a position to win."
— Denny Brauer, after weighing in 16 pounds, 12 ounces

"One o'clock, if you don't have a fish, you start questioning yourself."
— Bill Lowen (51st place, 13-9)

"I lost one that was a 9, maybe a little over 9, and that would have helped."
— Glenn Delong (100th place, 5-1)

"I was looking for fish who weren't there today."
— Bruce Kane, a co-angler who weighed in one fish

"I just sucked today, I tell ya'."
— Lee Bailey (41st, 14-10)

"This is the only thing I can do. Try to make money outside. With animals."
— Chad Kallina, a co-angler whose day job is guiding hunts for fish, deer, ducks and geese

"I quit filleting fish about 20 years ago. You'd think they have forgiven me by now."
— Bradley Stringer after weighing in three fish that totaled 8-5

"Let's just say I'm not next to the bank."
— VanDam, who is suspected to be fishing a deep-water bite offshore

"I tried pretty hard, but they were on a diet today almost."
— Jeff Connella after weighing in a five-fish bag that registered only 10-11 on the scales

"My new theme song is gonna be Cher, 'If I Could Turn Back Time.'"
— Frank Scalish, who arrived 10 minutes late to the weigh-in, for a 10-pound penalty

Editor's Note: Sunday, April 29, ESPNOutdoors.com will be having LIVE Video coverage of the Southern Challenge presented by Purolator throughout the entire day. Check in at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. ET for Live video updates from the event with Bassmaster TV hosts Mark Zona and Tommy Sanders. Elite Series: Hooked Up, the Bassmaster Elite Series Final Day pregame show, begins at 3 p.m. ET, followed immediately by the Final Day Bassmaster Elite Series weigh-in where you can see who wins the $100,000 prize!