Heavy rain starting to clear

After heavy rain for most of the day it began to clear up in the last hour or so. For some teams is been a struggle to adjust with the weather while others are capitalizing on the change in the day. Based on what I saw on the water the leaders (Penn State) have around 10 pounds for three fish at 12:30, 2nd place is estimated to have a limit for about 12 to 13 pounds, 3rd place has a small lemon, 4th place only had three small fish at 11 a.m., 5th place had a limit of an undetermined size, 7th place had a limit for 8 to 9 pounds, 8th place was in the 11 pound region and 15th has around 14 pounds.

The weigh-in should be interesting as the Top 20 was within 6 pounds from top to bottom. The Top 13 cut for the National Championship couldn't be the tightest we've seen in recent memory.

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Schoolcraft College

Garrett Paquette and Zak Fadden making some late day day upgrades
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ECU making good culls

Mike Corbishley and Austin Warmus from ECU are making good culls.

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Top 20 cut line blurred

After Day 1 the Top 20 cut line was at 11 pounds, 9 ounces. Hearing that third place just caught their first fish moments ago and seeing how the leaders were having a tough time tells me that if a team comes in with a limit today that they will have a solid shot in this tournament. 
Look for the cut line weight to drop and for there to be some teams around that 20 spot. 
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One for three

At 9 a.m. the Day 1 leaders only have one fish in the livewell, but they've certainly had their chances this morning. 
Before I arrived they said they jumped off a fish that was at least three pounds, but shortly after I found them they boated a 2 1/2 pounder. 
Moments ago the duo hooked up with a "grown one" according to Maurice Hudson. This team caught a 6-5 on Day 1 and he said it wasn't much smaller than that. It came to the surface and gave one head shake and did a somersalt back into the James River. 
Hudson jumped up and down as he knew that was an important bite. They are 1 for 3 on landing solid keepers today, but they are making a spot change hoping to switch up their luck and find some feeding fish. 

Penn Stare with first of the day

The Day 1 leaders Maurice Hudson and Sean Cummins of Penn State University had 17 pounds, 2 ounces to start the event and they took a five-ounce lead into today. 
Two hours into the day they were sitting on zero after losing one earlier, but they have broke the silence in the last few minutes with their first keeper. 
Hudson hooked up from the back of the boat and fought it to the side as Cummins grabbed the net and landed the keeper. Their first of the day is in the 2 1/2 pound range. 

Fog is lifting and Day 2 should start soon

Takeoff for Day 2 of the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Eastern Regional on the James River was scheduled for 6 a.m. so we are officially delayed. The fog has been pretty thick, but a slight breeze and the rising sun has burned some off the water. It shouldn't be long now. 
Hank Weldon said moments ago that 6:20 should be the go time. 

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