Jason Christie - FLW Photo by Gary Mortenson.We've all heard fishermen talk about being "snake bit" in a tournament. Well, Jason Christie started the Forrest Wood Cup spider bit -- literally. A spider, apparently a black widow, bit Christie before he left his home in Oklahoma to travel to Georgia's Lake Lanier, and the day before practice for the tournament was to begin, his leg started to swell. Not wanting to miss practice, Christie tried to ignore it, but he ended up going to a local emergency room, where they kept him for most of a day and gave him I.V. antibiotics.
Day 1 of the four-day championship event began this morning, with 46 boats blasting off at 7:00 a.m. to compete for half a million dollars. The pros in the other 45 boats had spent three days practicing on the lake, looking for groups of fish and figuring out patterns. Christie, who is fishing his fourth consecutive Forrest Wood Cup in his young career, will have to learn as he goes.
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