La Crosse bass pro in 115th place after Day 1

BROOKELAND, Texas - Day 1 didn't go like La Crosse professional bass fisherman Tom Monsoor preferred, but he remains optimistic going into Day 2 of the FLW Tour season opener in Brookeland, Texas.
Monsoor, in his 17th season on the prestigious tour and approaching the $1 million mark in career earnings, is in 115th place entering Friday's second round.
"I'm going to the opposite end of the lake this time," he said, about switching tactics on Sam Rayburn Reservoir. "This time last year I was 120th after the first day and made the top 30."
Sam Rayburn Reservoir has been kind to the La Crosse native both times he competed there. Monsoor finished 11th and won $12,000 last year, the same amount he collected with a 14th place finish in 2014.
John Cox, a pro from DeBary, Fla., sacked up five bass totaling 21 pounds, 7 ounces for the first-day lead in the Pro Circuit season. Monsoor managed four fish weighing 6-12.
Temperatures were in the mid 30s with windchills in the high 20s, according to Monsoor. He said temperatures may have climbed into the 40s, maybe 50s in the afternoon.
"I had a bad day. All my fish were gone," he said, referring to the 4-7 spots he found bass during practice. "There were none there."
Monsoor said the Texas weather was miserable, including one of his  roughest rides ever coupled with giant waves.
"I wouldn't have done it if I didn't have to," he said from his hotel room Thursday night. "Guys were busting stuff on their boats. Luckily, I didn't bust nothing."
Tomorrow is another day.