Jake Whitaker and Andrew Helms just hooked up with what looked to be a good fish, and after one jump it came unbuttoned. This week has been a game of ounces and seeing how from fifth to 12th was just 3 pounds, every 3-pounder matters.
Since I didn't make the top five, I decided to head out on the water today and follow the action. First stop of the day is on the second-place team of UNC Charlotte: Jake Whitaker and Andrew Helms.
Hayden Tilley and Alex Clayton of Northeast Alabama Community College are only catching shorties.
"It's bad," said Tilley.
"But the weather's great!" said Clayton.
Brandon Koon and Blake Welch of Bethel University have two in the boat. They weighed in 8 pounds yesterday.
Luke Ferguson and Wesley Wise of Polk State College have three good ones, probably around 9 pounds.
"It's been pretty slow," said Ferguson.
Trent Newman and Jacob Sepeda of Dallas Baptist are culling. And one of the bass is a good one.
Taylor Minick and Landon Tucker of Valdosta State University have one in the boat. That's one more than they weighed in yesterday. The pair have had their fill and are moving on.
Nick LaDart and Brian Eaton of University of Louisiana Monroe only have one fish so far. The bass obviously don't want to make an appearance on the ESPN cameras.
Hugus and Hahner of Wisconsin Stevens Point sitting on 0. Tough start.