Wisconsin Stevens Point's Cody and Mark have now started culling. Pressure's building for the rest of the field.
The sun is officially out for Wisconsin Stevens Point. The bite should be coming soon. A few non-keepers in the last 30 minutes.
We've been with leaders Cody and Mark all morning. Two keeper bites so far but one was a solid 4. The only problem? That 4-pounder came unbuttoned. "It was a bonus bite anyways," said Cody. "Don't let it bother you, Mark."
It was a "bonus bite" because it came early in the morning. Most of WSP's 19-10 on day 1 came after 1 p.m. yesterday. With sun already out, there's a good chance the bite will pickup before 1 p.m. today. For now they're a little frustrated, but not worried... yet.
44-degree water and 37-degree air temperature doesn't stop this college angler from going in head first to put his plug in. Brrrr.......
It's a 3-fish flurry for Murray State. Two non-keepers but the third was a solid 3 1/2-pounder.
I'm out here with Murray State's Lance Freeman and Seth Brock. They have two keepers in the boat so far.
They told me earlier in the day that the bite wouldn't pick up until around 1. That's exactly when they hit a five-fish flurry that included their two keepers and a couple close to the length limit.
They believe their pattern of jerkbaiting points and transition banks can produce a 20-pound bag. Their biggest 5-fish limit in practice went 18, and that was when they weren't beating up on any one area. The two fish they have now will go around 4 and a half together but they're not concerned yet. Now 'til weigh-in should be the best bite for them.
We'll hang around and see.
Missouri University angler Tyler Cooper is ready for Day 1 take-off at Lake of the Ozarks.