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Ish Monroe didn't weigh the biggest fish on day 1 of the Okeechobee Bassmaster Elite Series in Florida – that honor went to Kevin Short. But the smallest specimen on Monroe's five-fish stringer was in the same class as the largest, and his 34-05 haul staked him to a big early lead.

The Californian has an advantage of nearly 9 pounds over 2nd-place Davy Hite, who weighed 25-09. Then there was a drop of more than 3 pounds down to 3rd, where Nate Wellman resides with 22-03. More