Two anglers we expected to see cross the weigh-in stage today won't be there. Chase Cochran and Wyatt Whitten of Oregon State University withdrew from the tournament. Cochran is angler who suffered from severe dehydration on Wednesday night and went to the emergency room, where they hooked up to IVs to rehydrate him. Whitten spent most of his night there as well. Whitten fished alone on Day 1 while Cochran tried to recover. The fact that they didn't fish today tells us the Cochran still wasn't feeling up to it.
Yesterday, I was out on Folsom Reservoir with Andrew Sayles, past president of the California B.A.S.S. Nation and longtime resident of the Sacramento area. He casually said to me we're about to pass Eddie Murphy's house. "What?? Eddie Murphy's house?" I was super excited. Visions of Coming to America, Buckwheat, Beverly Hills Cop and the hot tub song danced in my head. "It's just a house," said Sayles.
Competitors launched on Folsom Reservoir for Day 2 of the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Western Regional presented by Bass Pro Shops.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Laj Tripp and Kyle Sittman of Eastern Washington University outfished the field Thursday, the first round of the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Western Regional presented by Bass Pro Shops. The pair caught 13 pounds on Folsom Reservoir and now lead the tournament by nearly a pound and a half.
Competitors from 10 colleges in the West brought in bags from California's Folsom Reservoir.
Kyle Sittman and Laj Tripp of Eastern Washington University take the Day 1 lead on Folsom Reservoir with 13 pounds even!
Laj Tripp and Kyle Sittman of Eastern Washington University take the Day 1 lead on Folsom Lake.
Twenty teams from the West set out on California's Folsom Reservoir today for Day 1 of the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Western Regional.
Wyatt Whitten has one keeper, which is good considering the way his last 12 hours have gone. His partner, Chase Cochran, did the pre-fishing for the team and attended the briefing. Wyatt got in last night -- and then had to take his partner to the ER for dehydration. So this morning, Whitten launched solo, waiting for his friend to recover. Cochran is taking it easy today and wishing the best for his partner, who's unexpectedly going it alone.
Alex Robbins and Rudy Directo of Humboldt State were the first ones out this morning, but yet they sit fishless. It's not for lack of trying. There have been a few missed fish but lots of short ones. They're going to keep plugging away.