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WVU might have gotten a bracket fish.
Thor and Mitch Swanson of Bemidji State have three fish as of 12:15. Two smaller keepers and one decent smallmouth. All of their fish this week have been from schooling action. Two more casts on the right pod of fish and these two could find themselves in the Classic Bracket.
We made a move out deep and it was a good decision. WVU has 3 in the box now, one of each species.
Bethel University’s Cody Huff and Garrett Enders have controlled this event from start to finish so far and were confident coming into today. They started the day with a solid fish catch in the 2 1/2 to 3-pound range. Then misfortune struck this morning as they lost or broke off 4 of their first 5 fish.
At 9 a.m. they landed another keeper, roughly the same as the first. Then they followed it up with a third keeper that was in fact, just a normal keeper above the 16-inch limit. They mentioned they caught two fish that almost made the team, but came up short. The duo just pulled their trolling motor up for the first time today and are idling to fish another dock before making a move from this area.
With a 6-pound cushion, a limit would make it real tough to overtake them.
Grand Valley State’s Lucas Murphy and Nolan Hitt started the final day in 3rd place after catching 25-10 over the first two days. They have “blacked out” their electronics with their trail this week. They’ve criss-crossed their area so much you can only see waypoints and red lines. They’ve used it for all it’s worth and a key has been a flutter spoon. They sent this shot to me showing how similar the baitfish are compared to their spoon.
They’ve weighed nine keepers this week; six on the spoon, one on a dropshot, one on a 6XD and one on a swing-head swimbait.
They have one keeper in the box so far. You can definitely tell that Tenkiller has felt the pressure of 136 boats fishing the last five days. Survival day for those hoping to make the Bracket.
It’s 9 a.m. and Bethel’s nearest pursuer, Auburn University, is also stuck on one fish. Cole Burdeshaw and Peyton McCord have one in the box, but have caught plenty. Hitting that 16-inch limit has been a task today. They pulled up on one of their offshore spots and immediately caught four fish. None of them kept so they threw them back.
Burdeshaw said they were hitting roughly 10 spots each day and that was the plan today. They started 6 pounds, 2 ounces behind the leaders coming into today. They do have a lead on the rest of the teams when it comes to the College Classic Bracket spots. The Top 4 will punch their ticket to that event with a shot at the 2019 Bassmaster Classic.
They have a 9-9 lead over 12th place, 5-14 lead on 8th place and a 4-6 lead on the 4th and final bracket spot.
Cody Huff and Garrett Enders of Bethel University led both Days 1 and 2 of the National Championship and they carried a 6-pound lead into today’s final day. They started the day with a 2 1/2 to 3 pounder, but have lost or broken off three to five other fish under docks.
They’ve been doing almost all of their work with a flutter spoon this week, dropping it in dock slips and fishing marina stalls.
It’s been a frustrating morning, but they still have a 6-pound buffer and one keeper in the box. That will allow them some wiggle room if they don’t catch the size bags like Day 1 and 2.
WVU starting things off right!
Jet skis are about to put in at 6:20 am, and there are people swimming in the creek we are fishing. It will be interesting to see how Saturday traffic effects the fishing today.