Day 2 leader Daniel Gray & Bill Goots.
Day 2 leader Daniel Gray with Bill Goots flipping and pitching wood.
More bright, sunny conditions for the start of Day 3 at Buggs Island Reservoir, but clouds and possible thunderstorms are likely later in the day. Anglers will need to plan for shifting weather.
There is a saying that "you only get one chance to make a good first impression." Many of the high school anglers made significant contributions to their total team weight on Day 2, and teams were glad to have them as catching bass has been difficult in the heat.
Caught on camera at the weigh-in today were James Graves and Brandon Strayer of Madison County High School in Virginia who brought in a five-fish limit. If the first day is any indicator, these students will make a difference when they return to the lake tomorrow.
Representing Susquehanna High School in Pennsylvania are River Mertz and Trent Gowen. Mertz is in the 10th grade and Gowen is in the 11th grade.
Representing Sussex Tech of Delaware were Levi Draper and Gary McKee. Levi is in the 10th grade and Gary is a senior.
Representing LaPlata High School in Maryland are Stephen Wannell and Evan Stewart. Stephen is in the 11th and Evan is in the 12th grade.
The fishing was difficult for everyone but the high school anglers showed everyone that they can be competitive as well. We can't wait to see how many fish are brought to the scales tomorrow.
Update by Joan Blakenship.
The morning launch for Day 2 is over and Occoneechee State Park is quiet. Today is different because we have added the high school teams and one of them has experienced the thrill of a win before. Pictured is one of the lodges that are located within the park where families and friends can wait for the 2 p.m. weigh-in.
James Graves was the Junior World Champion in 2011 and is now part of the Virginia high school team from Madison County High School. He just completed his junior year. He is partnered with Brandon Strayer another avid angler. Both anglers are involved in numerous sports but fishing comes first. You can see the concentration on their faces as they go through the boat check during launch this morning.
Update by Joan Blakenship. Photos by Stephanie Mikels Blevins.
Mid-Atlantic Divisional anglers launched in clear, breezy conditions. It's a little cooler than Day 1. Most will look for reaction bites early and then transition to targeted presentations with jigs and soft plastics as the day progresses.
Also from Joan Blankenship -- thanks, Joan!
Joan said, "I am not sure that this is clear enough to see, but there was a rainbow that appeared over the Lake Motel in Clarksville, Va., right after a thunderstorm this afternoon. We know that a few lucky anglers will find the bass pot of gold and win the opportunity to go to the national championship tournament in November."
Couldn't have said it better!
Damion McMahon, a member of the Virginia team, is really eager to start Day 2 on Buggs Island Lake. Keeping cool is the plan for tomorrow. (Photo and caption provided by Joan Blakenship)