Jacob Nummy and Tyler Strock of AUM began the day within a stone's throw of where Nummy's 2013 partner, Tom Frink, put the final nail in the coffin to win the National Championship last year. That 5-pounder on the final day smoked a wooden rat bait in what is recognized as the greatest Carhartt College Series shot ever captured on video.
A different story today, at least so far this morning. Cloudy and cool. Not the balmy, sunny days of last summer's event here. The whole week is forecasted with a 40-60% chance of rain and lows in the 50s. Several locals have already said this lake is a month or so behind where it was last year. That could really hurt the competitors who fished this event last year and choose to fish memories this year. Will AUM be one of those teams? Or was it just too hard to pass up that sweet nostalgia this morning? We'll see if AUM has anything new up their sleeve.
Just 10 minutes 'til blast off; the sun is peeking out. Update from Ryan Swallows, Tennessee Tech.
Lance Geren shares what gets him going before starting a tournament. It's...unexpected.
The boats are headed out on Day 1 of the championship!
The East Carolina team of Ronnie Moore and Mike Corbishley are ready for the Day 1 launch. Let's Go!
Shallow largemouth played a huge role in the 2013 Carhartt College Series National Championship. They will certainly have an impact here this week. These were caught on camera cruising the bank of Chatuge on the final day of practice.
Last year they proved to be plentiful but hard to catch. AUM's Tom Frink and Jacob Nummy were able to figure out how to get them to bite last year using a large wooden rat.
The "rat is out of the bag" so to speak this year. It may work, it may not. But somebody will figure out a way to trick a few of these shallow fish and that team will likely win if they can supplement their big largemouths with a few solid keepers a day caught another way. At least that's how it played out last year.
College anglers need a second bag for all the swag they are receiving during registration tonight.
Lance Geren shows off Carhartt College National Championship swag.
University of North Alabama will be looking for these again tomorrow.