Auburn with one

It’s 9 a.m. and Bethel’s nearest pursuer, Auburn University, is also stuck on one fish. Cole Burdeshaw and Peyton McCord have one in the box, but have caught plenty. Hitting that 16-inch limit has been a task today. They pulled up on one of their offshore spots and immediately caught four fish. None of them kept so they threw them back.

Burdeshaw said they were hitting roughly 10 spots each day and that was the plan today. They started 6 pounds, 2 ounces behind the leaders coming into today. They do have a lead on the rest of the teams when it comes to the College Classic Bracket spots. The Top 4 will punch their ticket to that event with a shot at the 2019 Bassmaster Classic.

They have a 9-9 lead over 12th place, 5-14 lead on 8th place and a 4-6 lead on the 4th and final bracket spot.