Part of the show’s success is that it never insults your stupidity. Lakeside analyst Marty Stone breaks the news that today’s competition features “a combination of elements that’s going to come into play.” These are aquatic vegetation, boat docks, and rock structure. No angler could have predicted such an unlikely lake. And remember, these aren’t three elements just lying around. They’re coming into play. But the real wild card? Northern lakes often contain both largemouths and smallmouths! Between ruthless strategy, three actively participating elements, and two kinds of fish, I was coming unglued. Fortunately, Marty expertly unpacks things. “The angler that can get dialed in on—one—the species and—two—the location quickest will be the angler that will advance to the next round.” I, for one, would never have figured that out on my own.