Daytona State suits up for a long haul: a 3 hour run according to the Oltorik brothers who sat in 2nd after Day 1. They leave Crescent Lake with 1 keeper.
The Navionics folks got this one right. The wind has blown relentlessly since takeoff. A sustained 10-15 with 20-25 mph gusts. The sun is finally try to break through but it's going to be mostly cloudy for a while yet.
Christi Rolin from Georgia State University gets a nice one early.
Shaye Baker reports on the actual state of the weather this morning out on the St. Johns.
Cameraman Carey Barret just reported Daytona State catching their first keeper of the day, a fish they broke off yesterday.
Caught up with Day 1 leaders, Lealand Johnson and Drew Grow of Alabama. So far, one fish lost at the boat.
Montevallo's King and Webb with the first limit I've found.
Peyton McGinnis and John Davis of Alabama starting the day with three keepers, a couple in the 2-pound range.
Oliver and George of Gadsden State have the blown motor blues today. Two years in a row now Oliver has had his motor quit in the Southern Regional, though it affected their game plan more last year. "We had our best days of practice near the ramp anyway," said Oliver. "I'm just frustrated that I have to get it fixed again." Frustrations aside, Gadsden State has one in the boat already.
The St. Johns River is full of tannic water--black water caused by tannic acid that's released by decomposing leaves and vegetation. This tea-colored water is common in most lakes and rivers in this part of the country but it is something a few of these anglers have never encountered before. Bait selection, especially color selection, is crucial since the water doesn't appear muddy from above but certainly isn't clear from below. Most Floridians will tell you to stay on the darker end of the spectrum here. Some variation of black and blue or junebug seem to be the most productive in Florida.