At 9 a.m. it's tough to call how this day will pan out. The 1st place team of Josh Butts and Reid Connor of Wallace State had a 1-14 lead over 2nd place and they had a small limit 2 hours into the day. I would estimate it at 8 pounds.
Their nearest pursuers, Hunter Louden and Cully Scroggins of Bethel only have 2 fish in the boat so far and lost their biggest bite of the day. They have 4-5 pounds right now.
3rd place JP Kimbrough and Jared Rascoe of LSU Shreveport focused almost all of their gameplan and attention on largemouth which paid dividends on Thursday, but bit them on Friday. They abandoned their largemouth areas after no fish 2 1/2 hours into the day. They made a quick move and put two spotted bass in the livewell.
Nolan Minor and Casey Lanier of West Virginia sat in 4th place and were 4-2 off the lead. They have 3 fish at the moment and two that are solid enough to go to weigh-in with them.
Rounding out the Top 5 was Austin Mize and Parker Davis of North Alabama. They have roughly 8-9 pounds at the moment, but started the day 4-7 off the pace. They caught some fish shallow this morning on a swim jig before moving to their offshore spot.