There's a great crowd in Georgetown for the final weigh-in of the Carhartt College Southern Conference Regional presented by Bass Pro Shops weigh-in!
It is never over until the fish hit the scales at the end of the day, but Patrick Walters and Tyler All of South Carolina just put icing on the cake with a largemouth close to 5 pounds. It gave them a 2 1/2-pound cull roughly.
After a quick celebration he proceeded to catch a couple more fish that didn't help. Moments ago they boated a fish that looked to be pushing 4 pounds.
They are beyond any bag they've caught this week and are close to the biggest bag of the tournament. I'm sitting in a boat beside Walters' father and mother and we've figured the duo has a 5, 4 and three 2 1/2-pounders conservatively. That puts them near 16 if not more. Walters and All are certainly feeling good past the halfway point of the day.
John Duarte and Chesley Alford of Coastal Carolina started the final day in 3rd after leading this event on Day 1. They decided after dropping to only 10 pounds on Friday that they should scrap their area and head to new water. Their new water happened to be in the Santee River where Walters and All are. We've see Duarte and Alford running around so far and I talked to them and found out they only have 1 fish at the moment. Fishing new water can be a good thing, but also a bad thing on a fishery where there are stretches of "dead water" that don't produce fish regularly.
Leaders Patrick Walters and Tyler All made a move to spot No. 2 for roughly 15 minutes, but with nothing but a mudfish to show for they decided to return to their starting spot.
After a couple minutes of fishing Walters landed another solid fish that helped the duo cull. That's their 9th keeper and 4th cull of the day. They originally left this area because of a long lull, but when they boated that fish Walters said "they're still here, still here."
Anything can happen, but Walters and All are feeling it right now and know they just need a 4-pounder to have their biggest bag of the week.
John Kauffman and Rick Couch Jr of UCF with their first fish of the day.
Photo by Rick Couch Jr.
Patrick Walters and Tyler All of South Carolina moved into the lead on Day 2 after starting the event in 2nd place after Thursday's action.
They did so by staying consistent over the first two days. With 13-7 and 13-12 they took a 1-4 lead into today's final day. When I arrived they had been fishing for 15 minutes or so and already had their limit. At the time it was roughly 10 pounds, but a good start nonetheless. They've culled three times since I showed up and they've added some solid fish. It's a tough guess to know how much their additions have helped at the moment.
They've managed to milk their spot for the last few days and catch quite a few fish in the process. Their giant wad of bass has been feeding on a big population of baitfish and that is what has helped keep the fish from moving around despite the changing conditions.
A lot on the line for College teams this week.
Davy Hite talks with the Day 2 leaders from South Carolina.
Thanks to the guys at Ballard Iron in Georgetown for a quick welding job on the catch and release boat to get up and running.
Cody Stahl and Daniel Kennedy of Savannah College of Art and Design found themselves in the thick of the cut in eighth place after Day 1. They had 10-10 and had a 1-10 lead over the 20th place cutline. They have approximately 10 pounds again today so they think they are solidly fishing tomorrow so they are fishing new water as they look for additional spots for the final day.