Maybe it was because he felt less pressure as an alternate, or because he doesn't have the pressure of the BASS Masters Classic looming over him. Or maybe it was just his characteristic exuberance that gave Shaw Grigsby the win at the bass-fishing competition at ESPN's Great Outdoor Games (GOG) yesterday.
In fact, it was a wire-to-wire win for Grigbsy over the 2-day tournament. On Friday he had the day's high hand with a limit weighing 11-09, 2 ounces better than "three-Pete" candidate Peter Thliveros who had won the last (and only) two GOG bass-fishing contests.
And on Saturday, when the 10-man field was cut to six and the weights were zeroed, Grigbsy led the field by a wider margin. Here are the final results:
1. Shaw Grigsby -- Gainesville, Fla. -- 12-04
2. Gary Klein -- Weatherford, Texas -- 9-03
3. Clark Wendlandt -- Cedar Park -- Texas -- 8-12*
4. Peter Thliveros -- Jacksonville -- Fla. -- 8-12*
5. Ken Christ -- Glen Ellyn -- Ill. -- 6-07
6. Kevin VanDam -- Kalamazoo -- Mich. -- 4-10
* Tie broken based on biggest bass caught: Wendlandt -- 2-08, Thliveros -- 2-06.
> Grigsby caught a limit with a topwater and then fished a Strike King Denny Brauer Pro Model Jig fished around submerged rock surrounded by milfoil. He weighed in a mixed bag of largemouths and smallmouths.
> Grigbsy and Thliveros were the only pros to lock through to middle Saranac lake.
> Klein fished a Berkley Power Tube and finished in 2nd for the second consecutive year.
> Wendlandt said he "struggled" yesterday as he caught "a lot of fish, but most of them were something other than bass." He pitched a Gambler tube around wood.
> Thliveros fished a topwater in the morning and a Carolina rig when the sun got up.
> VanDam finished last (6th), behind amateur competitor and 2002 B.A.S.S. Federation champ Ken Christ. On Friday, VanDam commented that he was suffering from a little jet lag due to flying coast to coast for the ESPY awards, which Rick Clunn also did.
> Clunn, Mark Davis, Davy Hite and Larry Nixon didn't make the final round.