Andrew Helms of UNCC with a good one. Three keepers so far.
Photo by Jake Whittaker
East Carolina anglers Ronnie Moore and TJ Chafatelli starts the day off with a good one!
UNC Charlotte's Jake Whittaker and Andrew Helms won the 2014 National Championship, automatically qualifying for the 2015 National Championship. Only one condition, they had to remain a team. One angler couldn't move on without he other unless they went back and qualified through the regional this week. No worries, these two are a team and they're glad to be back, together.
We've never had a team re-qualify this way because typically one member of the team graduates or transfers schools, leaving the other member to attempt to qualify with someone else. It's going to be good to see a true National Championship team defend their title this year no matter what happens here this week for UNCC.
Jake Whittaker and Andrew Helms have already qualified for the 2015 National Championship by winning the 2014 National Championship. They're only here for bragging rights but sometimes those are more important.
Tom Branch, Jr. sent in these photos of Day 1 launch.
Kelly Johnson from Appalachian State is ready to start the Eastern...
East Carolina angler Ronnie Moore and his partner TJ Chafatelli came off the water to take an online exam for an hour before heading back out on Lake Norman.
Justin Cooper of Northwestern hoisting his hawg as they check in.
LSU didn't make final cut. We'll see y'all at the Wild Card event.
Photo and update by Jarod Hughes