Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Blog

Western Regional champs

8:27 pm EDT, May 2, 2015

Fish to show

5:21 pm EDT, May 2, 2015

The anglers came in with fish to show. Heading to weigh-in tanks.

The teams arrive

5:19 pm EDT, May 2, 2015

The college competitors have arrived for the final-day weigh-in at Discovery Park.

Koulton Westbrook and Kevin Chen of Chico State take the Day 2 lead

6:35 pm EDT, May 1, 2015
 

One team out of competition

2:26 pm EDT, May 1, 2015

Two anglers we expected to see cross the weigh-in stage today won't be there.

 

Chase Cochran and Wyatt Whitten of Oregon State University withdrew from the tournament. Cochran is angler who suffered from severe dehydration on Wednesday night and went to the emergency room, where they hooked up to IVs to rehydrate him. Whitten spent most of his night there as well.

 

Whitten fished alone on Day 1 while Cochran tried to recover. The fact that they didn't fish today tells us the Cochran still wasn't feeling up to it.

 

I reached out to them for comment but haven't been able to get them on the phone yet. We all hope Cochran is doing better and hope their travels north are going well.

Eddie Murphy's house (and how it's not a big deal)

11:54 am EDT, May 1, 2015

Yesterday, I was out on Folsom Reservoir with Andrew Sayles, past president of the California B.A.S.S. Nation and longtime resident of the Sacramento area.

 

He casually said to me we're about to pass Eddie Murphy's house.

 

"What?? Eddie Murphy's house?" I was super excited. Visions of Coming to America, Buckwheat, Beverly Hills Cop and the hot tub song danced in my head.

 

"It's just a house," said Sayles.

 

"Yeah, but it's Eddie Murphy's house! We don't have that in Alabama."

 

I went on to compare it to eating beignets in New Orleans and riding a trolley car in San Francisco. There are things that are unique to each area in the country (well, I guess the world), and California has the curb on the celebrity houses market.

 

I was very self-righteous in my excitement, that it was well-deserved. And the college competitors I ran into right after that -- Eric Lee and Dalton Taylor of University of Oregon -- were interested (maybe not "excited" but interested, at least) in the fact that Murphy's house sat right above them on the hill.

 

Then I found out last night that Murphy doesn't even live there. He's been trying to sell it for years for somewhere around $12 million. It does have its own movie theater, billiards room and gym.

 

I'd settle for the 5,200-square-foot guest house.

 

Oh, well. It was a fun thought, thinking of a longtime celebrity looking down from relaxing in his pool to watch the college competitors. But, like Sayles said, it's just a house.

Sittman and Tripp take the lead

7:32 pm EDT, Apr 30, 2015

 

Kyle Sittman and Laj Tripp of Eastern Washington University take the Day 1 lead on Folsom Reservoir with 13 pounds even!

Western Regional Day 1 leaders

6:52 pm EDT, Apr 30, 2015

Laj Tripp and Kyle Sittman of Eastern Washington University take the Day 1 lead on Folsom Lake.

 

 

Going it alone on Day 1

12:23 pm EDT, Apr 30, 2015

Wyatt Whitten has one keeper, which is good considering the way his last 12 hours have gone.

His partner, Chase Cochran, did the pre-fishing for the team and attended the briefing. Wyatt got in last night -- and then had to take his partner to the ER for dehydration.

So this morning, Whitten launched solo, waiting for his friend to recover. Cochran is taking it easy today and wishing the best for his partner, who's unexpectedly going it alone.

Humboldt State plugging away

12:05 pm EDT, Apr 30, 2015

Alex Robbins and Rudy Directo of Humboldt State were the first ones out this morning, but yet they sit fishless.

It's not for lack of trying. There have been a few missed fish but lots of short ones. They're going to keep plugging away.

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