We are underway on Championship Saturday of the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship on Green River Lake. The Top 12 teams are battling for the Top 4 spots and possibly a National Championship today.
Thomas and James Oltorik of Daytona State are the only brothers competing on Saturday.
One family was present the whole time the college championship was going on. The Miracles -- their real name -- ushered anglers from check-in, through the line and off the stage.
Team Miracle is made up of some of the biggest bass fishing fans you'll ever meet. And take special note of daughter Morgan. She plans to be one of the first female anglers on the Bassmaster Elite Series in a few years.
Josh Bensema of Texas A&M lost the Classic Bracket last year in the final head-to-head competition -- to Trevor Lo.
Bensema wanted to pull a Jordan Lee and come back and win it the next year. But he won't even make it to the bracket. He and his partner, Tyler Anderson (pictured), came off Green River Lake empty-handed today.
"I've got one more shot at the Classic," he said. "Matt McArdle and I qualified for the Team Championship, so maybe I'll qualify that way."
McArdle was his partner at the College Championship last year.
Bensema especially wants a Classic spot because the Classic will be held on his home lake, Lake Conroe.
Trevor Lo stopped by the college championship and talked to qualifiers backstage.
"It's so great to be back in the college atmosphere," he said. "There's such great camaraderie here."
Lo was in their shoes last year when he was angling for the top spot in the championship. He made it to the bracket and won it, and went on to fish the Classic.
Since then, he's been fishing the Opens.
"I have learned so much," he said. "I'm just soaking up so much information. It's been a great experience."
Lo will be around the rest of today and tomorrow to see which anglers make it to the bracket.
A giant crowd came to watch the Day 2 weigh-in at the 2016 Carhartt College Series National Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops at Green River Lake in Campbellsville, Ky.
After Trevor Lo won the College Classic Bracket last year, he got this fancy Minnesota-wrapped boat to honor his school. It's on display here at the championship expo.
There will be a new wrap coming after the Classic Bracket next week. Which college would you most like to see represented on a boat wrap?
While the anglers are getting checked in, kids are getting prepped for their big moment when they can be college anglers, too. Out here in the heat, kids are taking lessons in casting at the Shimano Experience.
Justin Mayfield of the Campbellsville University breaks down what Green River Lake has to offer this week and the tough conditions.
Two teams in the championship not only share a boat, but also share parental units.
Thomas and James Oltorik are competing on behalf of Daytona State College, and Mitch and Thor Swanson are here representing Bemidji State University.
The Oltorik brothers are fishing their last year together, now that Thomas is graduating.
“We’ve been fishing together for years — all our lives,” said James Oltorik. “It’s really great to have qualified to be here for the championship.”
The Oltoriks are in contention, too. The pair brought 15 pounds, 6 ounces to the scales yesterday, putting them in the No. 5 spot.
The Swansons have some work to do to get into the Top 12. They finished Day 1 with 2 pounds, 9 ounces and are currently sitting in 54th place. But one big sack today could change it all.