Adrian off to a solid start

Day 3 of the Carhartt College National Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops is underway and we have caught up with the Day 2 leaders Griffin Fernandes and Hayden Scott from Adrian College.

The duo has a two-day total of 43 pounds, 4 ounces after catching 20-6 on the second day of competition.

Before we arrived, Scott and Fernandes have two fish in the box including a 4-pounder, but Scott said the bites haven’t come fast enough.

However, after a quick move, the duo landed their third and fourth keepers of the day, changing the mood of the day drastically.

Scott said they haven’t been getting many bites, but have been getting the right kind of bites.

Fernandes said Eel Bay is a major spawning area for smallmouth on the St. Lawrence River and the channel they are currently fishing is a main highway between the spawning grounds and their summer holes.

He added that he believes they are catching a lot of fresh fish that are on the way out.

“It’s amazing how deep they will live,” he said. 

The hump they are fishing now crests at 42 feet, and Scott added if they are in 20 feet of water, they are too shallow.

Their Adrian College teammates are out on the water as well, cheering them on from a distance.