La Crosse bass pro Monsoor opens season on sour note

Tom Monsoor fared as well as he expected... poorly.
The La Crosse native is in 120th place after Day 1 of the 2019 FLW Tour opener Thursday on Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Brookeland, TX.
Monsoor was in a rather pessimistic mood entering the event after a horrendous pre-fishing practice earlier in the week.
He was in an even more somber mood reflecting on his first round after Thursday's opening round.
"It was terrible, just like practice," he said. "I caught six little fish, nothing big - three on my swim jig and three on a chatter bait. All small fish."
Monsoor culled a five-fish limit, but they averaged only 1.62 pounds for a total 8 pounds, 1 ounce.
"I have no excuses. The weather was beautiful, 30 degrees this morning. I wasn't complaining," he said. "It was nice, really nice, probably up to the 50s at least and partly sunny in the afternoon."
Winner of the T-H Marine Bass Fishing League All-American in 2018, Nick LeBrun of Bossier City, LA, started his FLW Tour career in style, smashing a personal-best bag of 29 pounds, 2 ounces for the lead.
Monsoor realizes he faces an uphill battle to reach the top 30 after Friday's second round, and is changing his strategy.
"I'm going to do everything different and go to a different part of the lake," he said. "I just haven't figured it out. That's all I can tell you, but it doesn't look good."