Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Blog

Daytona State makes a run

9:08 am EST, Jan 4, 2015

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. 

Breezy point

9:06 am EST, Jan 4, 2015

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. 

Rolin with a nice one

9:05 am EST, Jan 4, 2015

Christi Rolin from Georgia State University gets a nice one early.

The weatherman lied

8:25 am EST, Jan 4, 2015

Shaye Baker reports on the actual state of the weather this morning out on the St. Johns.

Dayton State with first keeper

8:19 am EST, Jan 4, 2015

Cameraman Carey Barret just reported Daytona State catching their first keeper of the day, a fish they broke off yesterday. 

One fish lost

8:17 am EST, Jan 4, 2015

Caught up with Day 1 leaders, Lealand Johnson and Drew Grow of Alabama. So far, one fish lost at the boat. 

Montevallo with a limit

9:57 am EST, Jan 3, 2015

Montevallo's King and Webb with the first limit I've found.

Alabama with three keepers

9:54 am EST, Jan 3, 2015

Peyton McGinnis and John Davis of Alabama starting the day with three keepers, a couple in the 2-pound range. 

Blown motor blues

8:54 am EST, Jan 3, 2015

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.

Fishing in tea

8:28 am EST, Jan 3, 2015

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.