Nolan Minor and Casey Lanier of West Virginia had never made a cast on the Coosa River prior to the Wild Card this week, but they had an idea of patterns to try based on their pre-tournament studying. The two anglers came across the Elite Series event on the Alabama River when a Edwin Evers took the title. After struggling to catch fish down the lake they noticed how Elite Series like Brent Chapman, Steve Kennedy and others were successful fishing current for spotted bass so they tried it in practice and did well.
It shows how young anglers like these two freshman try to soak up tactics and different ways of fishing even when they are over 600 miles from school.
West Virginia now has a limit as well as new found confidence in fishing rivers and current for spotted bass