Frink and Nummy of AUM working their away around a massive structure along the Chatuge Dam this morning. This has been a key part or their day each day. They've been able to catch one or two solid fish here to get their day started. So far, nothing.
After being delayed roughly 30 minutes for improper insurance, AUM’s Frink and Nummy and Auburn’s Lee and Powell are away. Frink and Nummy might be hit the hardest because of this delay, as they’re targeting shallow largemouth, and pleasure boat traffic will pick up around 10 a.m., leaving the first few hours of fishing as the best. However, Lee and Powell are fishing offshore, so targeting spotted bass in deep brush might become more of a hassle with the increased wave action.
The AUM Team of Tom Frink and Jacob Nummy, as well as Auburn's Jordan Lee and Shane Powell neither have proof of up-to-date insurance policies. Per B.A.S.S. rules, all competitors must have the requisite coverages on hand before taking off. Both teams have relatives in Alabama working to find a copy.
Auburn's Jordan Lee and Shane Powell exemplify the day for a lot of anglers: running as many brush piles as possible. They stop, make a few drops with a drop shot rig, then move on to the next one. They've got five fish, but they'd like to cull three of them.
ULM's luck they counted on yesterday has seemingly run out. The pair hadn't broke off any fish until today, and they've lost four keepers. They only have one in the well at the moment. Barring a big-time rally, they stand to fall in the standings.
Just received word from cameraman Wes Miller that ULM has one small keeper so far.
The story of the day so far is centered around AUM's Tom Frink and Jacob Nummy. With several leaders struggling, AUM has found their stride, netting around 15 pounds this morning including their most recent addition, a 5 pounder. A sleeper after Day 1 with only 10 pounds or so, look for AUM to sneak into the top five on Day 2.