ECU team of Zach Blalock and Mike Corbishley needed some therapy after the tiebreaker loss. So we headed to Jackson, Tenn., to fish with Bethel alum Dewy Swimms to cure the blues.
We found Matthew McArdle he caught 1 fish this morning, about a 2-2.5 pound smallmouth. Since we have been on him he has caught his second keeper. He measured the smallmouth and it kept so he is now one fish away from a limit.
Josh Bensema (Texas A&M) vs. Andrew Helms (UNC Charlotte)
Bensema has a 3-fish limit and has culled once. He has around 6 pounds. Helms has two fish right now. Plenty of time. That matchup should be a good one.
Matthew McArdle (Texas A&M) vs. Jake Whitaker (UNC Charlotte)
McArdle is the only competitor we haven't found yet today. We are in search mode for him. Meanwhile Whitaker has 2 fish for 2-3 pounds.
Trevor Lo (Minnesota) vs. Allyson Marcel (Nicholls State)
Lo had 1 fish when we saw him about 45 minutes ago and it was approximately 2 pounds. Marcel has zero at the moment, but she didn't break one off earlier.
Chris Burgan (Minnesota) vs. Tyler Rivet (Nicholls State)
When we talked with Burgan about an hour ago he was fishless. Rivet, on the other hand, has a limit for about 6 pounds.
Allyson Marcel is the first female to ever compete in the Classic Bracket competition since its inception.
Marcel and her teammate placed third in the team portion. Right now Marcel doesn't have a keeper, but while we were with her she had about a three-pounder hooked up, but it broke off.
The unfortunate thing is that she only had one of those baits and now it's gone. We will see if Marcel can bounce back from that lost fish.
Word is her teammate Tyler Rivet has a three-fish limit for about 6 pounds. That is the first limit we have heard of so far.
Chris Burgan from Minnesota hasn't caught a keeper so far this morning, but his morning was full of action as he caught a couple non-bass as well as getting a hook stuck in his hand. He is feeling a little better now that it's out of his hand.
Jake Whitaker of UNC Charlotte was apart of the bracket last year and knows what to expect from the pressure standpoint. So far this morning he has one keeper, but didn't specify any size. I would imagine it's just a normal keeper because he would've noted if it was a good one.
We are looking for more anglers. On the move.
We just left Rivet of Nicholls State and he asked if we wanted to know where Allyson Marcel was fishing today. Marcel is his girlfriend and also tournament partner. He knew exactly where she would be. As we headed out we found Andrew Helms of UNC Charlotte.
He has caught 1 non-keeper so far. We are going to hang with him for a little while.
Tyler Rivet of Nicholls State boats his first keeper of the morning. It is a healthy smallmouth to start his morning. He already boated a non-keeper before we arrived and then boated a second non-keeper just moments ago. Let's see how today goes on the Wisconsin River Flowage.