Pickwick Wild Card winners Wilson and Morris with three keepers so far this morning. Nothing big but solid keepers.
Justin Atkins from Mississippi State with one early. Photo submitted by Brad Rutherford.
There were four boats piled around a large point so I naturally stopped on the crowd to snap a few pics. By the time I could troll up, 3 were gone and the last one was idling out. My guess is they're not camera shy but instead trying to hit as many piles as possible before anyone else does.
Jacob Nummy and Tyler Strock of AUM began the day within a stone's throw of where Nummy's 2013 partner, Tom Frink, put the final nail in the coffin to win the National Championship last year. That 5-pounder on the final day smoked a wooden rat bait in what is recognized as the greatest Carhartt College Series shot ever captured on video.
A different story today, at least so far this morning. Cloudy and cool. Not the balmy, sunny days of last summer's event here. The whole week is forecasted with a 40-60% chance of rain and lows in the 50s. Several locals have already said this lake is a month or so behind where it was last year. That could really hurt the competitors who fished this event last year and choose to fish memories this year. Will AUM be one of those teams? Or was it just too hard to pass up that sweet nostalgia this morning? We'll see if AUM has anything new up their sleeve.
Just 10 minutes 'til blast off; the sun is peeking out. Update from Ryan Swallows, Tennessee Tech.
Lance Geren shares what gets him going before starting a tournament. It's...unexpected.
The boats are headed out on Day 1 of the championship!
The East Carolina team of Ronnie Moore and Mike Corbishley are ready for the Day 1 launch. Let's Go!