Mike Corbishley and Zach Blalock of East Carolina University have a limit and are looking for an upgrade. They started the day in 15th with 4-12 and were 2 pounds, 12 ounces behind fifth place.
Limits are hard to come by this week and they know they need to upgrade if they hope to jump into the final day.
Just pulled up on the 2014 Champions, Jake Whitaker and Andrew Helms. Currently they have two keepers in the boat. One decent largemouth and a 15-inch smallmouth.
They started the day in sixth place, just like they did last year. Once again they avoided the cameras because the Top 5 have cameras on them. These two are poised to try and make the final day once again.
All morning there were bluebird skies and zero wind. Within the last couple minutes the wind has picked up and caused a considerable ripple on Lake DuBay and in the small creeks. Josh Bensema and Matt Mcardle are plugging away with one keeper. They want 8 pounds again, obviously, but three keepers of any size are welcomed with the tough conditions they are facing.
Bensema and Mcardle made a small move to within their primary area and they boat their first keeper of Day 2. It was only about 14 1/2 inches according to Bensema, but it gives them one and it breaks the ice.
They have a nice one-two punch going with topwater and a slower bottom presentation. Reeds, lily pads and laydowns are the targets for the most part.
The University of Alabama is putting together a comeback.
Update by Lee Mattox
With the Day 1 leaders, Josh Bensema and Matthew Mcardle from Texas A&M University, and they are still fishless this morning. They just caught a pike and didn't realize it wasn't a bass until it was swung into the boat. These guys had their limit by 7 o'clock yesterday, but Bensema said he won't be worried until about 2 p.m. today when they have to come in.