Remembering Bryan

Jon Stewart, the B.A.S.S. Nation Tournament Director, reminds new champion Caleb Sumrall just why the trophy is named for Bryan Kerchal.

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Svoboda with 4

Rick Svoboda puts keeper no. 4 in the boat on Championship Saturday. 

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Lodge with a shot at the Classic

Mark Lodge, who started the day in 12th place, says he could be in the 12-pound range, but spots are “hard for [him] to judge, because spots aren’t prominent in Maine.” Lodge, has taken a whole different approach than most of the field he is fishing natural rock, deep banks, with a 5/16 shaky head and a green pumpkin trick worm. 

“The rate of fall has really been key, I’ve thrown up tight to the shallows, and almost power fished it back to the boat,” described Lodge. 

He may not know it, but according to BASSTrakk he is 2 ounces out of third place.

At the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship, third place is a win. The Top 3 anglers qualify for the Classic here in March. 

Two ounces is a small margin of error, if he is under, this could be a comeback story. 

Keeper no. 2

Randy Vaughn with keeper no. 2!

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A nice one

Rick Sbvoda with a nice one

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Local tournament, berths on the line

There looks to be a relatively large local tournament going on, approximately 30-40 boats. That can mean two things for Championship Saturday of the Academy Sports +Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation National Championship presented by Magellan leader, Tray Huddleston: 

  1. Pressure on the lower end. 
  2. Confidence for an Arkansas angler, that three or four local boats have passed and let him have the spot. The area seems very popular, for the local anglers fishing a $1,500 jackpot tournament. 

Huddleston, is still searching for his first bite. Patience, was noted for both Huddleston and second place angler Caleb Sumrall in their first two day’s catch. They are sharing a large area at the moment. 

Huddleston, is jerking a tube, trying to trigger reaction strikes from suspended herring fish. 

“This is typically for smallmouth, but I guess they like it here,” Huddleston noted. 

We will be on the leaders all day, hoping to catch the three anglers that will make it to the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods in March. The top finisher will receive an invitation to fish in the Bassmaster Elite Series. Keep in mind, this is the way AOY Champion Brandon Palaniuk paved his way to success. As Palaniuk said to the Nation competitors at the Nation dinner presented by Yamaha, “Believe in the process.” 

Giddens sitting on one keeper

We’ve found Marty Giddens. He is sitting on one fish. Giddens described the conditions to be nearly the same as yesterday when he began to work on his 17-plus-pound bag. He made a move up the river, to a “few places [he] got bit on yesterday.”

Huddleston update

I just talked to Tray Huddleston. He was in second place after yesterday's weigh-in, and he has three keepers in the box with two for about 7 or 8 pounds. He's fishing topwater and a swimbait. More to come on Facebook LIVE with Tray.