It looks as if the water level here at DuBay has dropped some. We heard some grumblings that it could affect anglers getting into some of these areas.
Stopped on about half a dozen teams in the last few minutes and none of them had a keeper yet this morning. This tournament will certainly be a grinder and the teams who do well will certainly have to work hard for their keep so-to-say. A solid 2 1/2 to 3 pounder will go far this week.
Zach Blalock and Mike Corbishley from East Carolina with a good start to Day 1.
Andrew Helms remembers listening to the 2014 Classic Champ Randy Howell when he came and spoke at chapel at Lake Chatuge last year. “I remember when Randy Howell talked to us at the championship last year that he wanted to win the 2015 Classic, not only to win it again, but because he wanted a trophy with his name on it. I remembered that line before we won last year and that’s been in my head all year.”
The Cal Poly team of John Zeolla and Clayton Lauchland have caught a couple short fish this morning and don't have a keeper in the boat, but they couldn't be any happier to be here. I spoke with them this morning after I found out they were rear ended just before heading to the Championship. Just hours before they were going to head to Wisconsin a minivan rear ended their boat, totaling it, and putting the team into full scramble mode. Zeolla's boat was totaled, but they got Launchland's boat and drove over 2,000 miles to get here.
The water here on DuBay has a very rusty look to it. Not muddy but definitely not clear. Kind of tannic looking especially as you work your way up river and get above a few of the bridges. There's a distinct change in water color. Whether that's a good or bad thing, we're not sure yet. But water clarity will definitely be a factor in deterring some of the areas that produce this week.
Parents and fans line the shore of Tiki Beach to watch Day 1 takeoff.
Almost time for takeoff for Day 1 of the Carhartt College National Championship.
See the collegiate anglers head out Day 1 of the 2015 Carhartt College National Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops.