Head out on the water for Round 2 of the Carhartt College Series Classic Bracket on Chatuge Reservoir.
It's tough being a little fish in a big pond. This little guy narrowly escaped an attack near Brett Preuett this morning. Probably didn't live to tell about it for long.
I've caught up with Bentley Manning of Tennessee Tech. He's going for broke with shallow water largemouth, and so far he's only got one keeper in the box, but it's heavier than 3 pounds. He's working docks in the backs of creeks. Despite his line passenger, his opponent Brett Preuett is after smaller spotted bass, so if Manning can snag another keeper or two of the same size, he might have a shot at advancing to the final tomorrow.
We're at the dam now with Robert Giarla who has one 2-pounder. This picture is facing in the other direction. What you don't see are pleasure boats. Today is Monday and most people are back at work. The last couple days we've seen 10 to 20 boats running around at all times. No boats muddying the water for the anglers so far this morning.
Robert Giarla is still focusing on shallow places. Photo submitted by Robert Rutherford.
Zach Parker is going hog hunting. While he's still using a drop shot steadily, he's got a Lucky Craft Fat Smasher out on deck. It's a jointed swimbait that means business. "I went to Lanier before this, and they'd swarm it. I also had a 4-pounder follow it here, but the wind wasn't blowing. If it was, he would've killed it," he says. Parker is relaxed and confident.
Robert Giarla has one keeper in the boat. Photo submitted by Robert Rutherford.
Brett Preuett has two small keepers. Tons of fish are schooling all around but really tough to be in range and to trick one into biting. At least cameraman Wes Miller is working all the angles.
Robert Giarla is working a lot of shallow water. No fish yet... Photo submitted by Robert Rutherford.
In the midst of a feeding frenzy, ULM's Brett Preuett lodged a 2/0 treble hook in the back of his head. I mean lodged. Two hooks past the barb. He hit himself with such force that it straightened out the split ring. We were trying to figure out the best way to handle it when he realized the bait wasn't attached anymore and he said, "Ah, I'm good then" and went back to fishing. Tough kid. Wheezy photographer.