Gunter, Thompson off to fast start

Welcome to Day 2 of the TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Southeast Regional at Lake Hartwell.

A hundred boaters and co-anglers from 10 states are looking to finish at the top of their state standings and earn a berth in the B.A.S.S. Nation National Championship to be held on the Ouachita River in early November.

In the overall standings, boaters are trying to catch Tennessee angler Nobuyuki Terajima, who caught 14 pounds, 2 ounces on Day 1 while Matt Luken of Kentucky leads the co-angler side with 9-1.

Boater Bryan Gunter of South Carolina and his partner Keith Thompson of North Carolina got off to a fast start, with Gunter catching four bass and Thompson filling out his three bass limit in the early morning of Day 2.

Gunter’s biggest fish right now is a 4-pound largemouth, but the duo has mostly caught spotted bass throughout the tournament.

The morning bite has tailed off, however, and they have moved through four different secondary points in the last 45 minutes.

“It’s been tough the last two days,” Gunter said. “We had a fast start and now it is tough again”

On Day 1, Gunter finished the day tied for 22nd place with 10-2 and helped the South Carolina state team take the lead in the state competition.

Thompson caught 3-5 on Day 1 but said he matched his first day total with his first two fish today.