Chickamauga produced on Day 1

You can almost tell the excellence of a fishery with how the weights stack up and layout during a tough time of the year. Although fish are doing a little bit of everything, it's not easy for anglers out there. Coming to a Toledo Bend or a Chickamauga has fishermen thinking they can catch a double-digit fish on any cast, but what you don't consider is just how many fish live in a fishery like Chickamauga.

After talking to quite a few anglers on Thursday, it wasn't uncommon to have a 50 to 100 fish day to start the event yesterday. Catching those 15-inch fish seem easy on a quality fishery, but sifting through dozens of 14 3/4-inch fish can be tedious and time consuming.

Even with the incredible numbers of small, but healthy bass, those big weights we expected to see did come across the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Southern Open scales.

To hold the lead, Hunter Shryock managed 25 pounds, 7 ounces. It took 22-6 to land in the Top 5 and that was rounded out by John Cox. The Top 12 will advance from today and fish on Saturday and that cutline was drawn at 19-4. It didn't get much easier as the Top 40 cutline to get paid was marked at 15-10.

There was over 2,954 pounds, 6 ounces weighed for both the pro and co side. I would bet that over triple that weight was caught in general yesterday.