Ronnie Moore with East Carolina University said they will certainly need more size to have a chance this week on Lake Barkley. "At least the final day of practice has started better than the previous days."
Justin Brown and Brandon Bissell caught another keeper just over the 14-inch mark, took a long look at it, then tossed it back. That's keeper number three now that they've thrown back without filling their limit. Since Minnesota doesn't allow culling, they've been saving that 5th keeper slot for something a little bigger. Just a few minutes later, a 2-1/4-pounder chokes their frog and goes in the box.
"Well, time to head to Wisconsin and see if we can get rid of them."
Culling is allowed in Wisconsin so the plan now is to go fish some of their water over there in hopes of getting rid of a few of their smaller fish. They're confident in their areas over in Wisconsin top, but are forced to fish in Minnesota first if they want to fish both areas on account of the no culling rule. Very interesting.
The team that started the day in second now has three 2-pounders in the boat. Starting the day just 13-ounces back, that's not a bad start. Especially considering the tough start Winona State leaders and the third place team from Wisconsin Stevens-Point are enduring.
The magic spot that bolstered Day 1 and 2 bags for Winona only produced one small keeper in the first hour this morning. In that amount of time yesterday, Winona had already caught 12-pounds and had started culling.
By their own assessment, Wisconsin Stevens-Point occupies the smallest boat left in competition. Their 17-ft aluminum rig is having a hard time in the 25 MPH winds that are blistering the Mississippi River right now. Those winds have made their primary are, an exposed weed line, un-fishable
So far, the protected sloughs that have produced for Northern Michigan all week are definitely the calmest refuge for any team in the top 3. And with 3 fish for 6-pounds, they may be only a couple 3-pound bites from winning this thing. We'll stick around for a while and see what happens.
Kason Morley and Ryan Pinkalla from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point show off their Day 2 keepers.
Spent some time with the first place team from Western Illinois this morning. So far Wes and Kit are having a slow start to their morning. Just received word that the third place team of Cade and Wyatt from Winona State have 12 pounds and are already culling this morning. So we're headed down the river now to try and catch up with Winona State.