Bethel's Parker and Roberts with a limit (photo). Only one small one in the bag. That makes 4 "decent ones" according to Parker. Other updates: MSU's Atkins and Marty with one keeper so far; AUM's Nummy and Strock with 3 small keepers.
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.
Just 10 minutes 'til blast off; the sun is peeking out. Update from Ryan Swallows, Tennessee Tech.