Final day underway

The Final Day of the 2018 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops at Tenkiller Lake is underway. The Top 12 are fishing for a National Championship and also four College Classic Bracket spots today.

A Day 2 smallie

A smallmouth keeper for Anderson Aldag and Lee Mattox from the University of Alabama.

Locals struggling but still confident

Northeastern State is the local host this week and they have two teams in the National Championship. One of the teams zeroed on Day 1 meanwhile their counterparts caught 14-15 and put a charge into the weigh-in yesterday. Taylor Hamburger and Carson Smith were in fourth place, but they had nothing until the last hour on Day 1. Today has a similar vibe as they have lost two bigs ones but remain confident based on their afternoon from Thursday.

They still have zero in the boat, but any kind of weight could keep them in the game for Day 3.

Cox and Keel with two

Ty Cox and Alden Keel started Day 2 in fifth place with 14-12. They have exclusively fished offshore this event it seems and they have two fish in the boat today. They are solid fish and they think they have around 6 pounds or so. With the wind on the main lake they’ve fished effectively because of their Minn Kota Ultrex. Both were standing on the back deck and weren’t moving an inch when I arrived.

The end of Tenkiller

Here is the view at the very top end of Tenkiller. You could go further if water was up but not right now. A few bass up here too, but most we have found are small.

Update by Nolan Minor and Casey Lanier with West Virginia University

Sam Houston State still on zero

Sam Houston State’s Dillon Harrell and Colby Bryant had 15-14 on Day 1, but currently today they have zero at 9 a.m. The duo expressed they’ve had a frustrating morning and they planned to run around a lot today. Running and gunning spots can be a great way to piece a day together, but it’s also a way to spend less time fishing. Every moment their baits are wet will be key this week for this team.

Fishing solo and flourishing

Tanner Ward of Kent State is fishing solo this week, but he’s not letting that slow him down. He opted to start on a spot yesterday before running to this area and it costed him. He only brought two fish to the scales because he caught the tail end of the schooling action. Today he knew what he had to do and he capitalized this morning. The schooling fish cooperated and he managed to land a limit by 8:15.

With only two fish he was sitting in 47th with 4-7. He was 5-9 from the Top 12 cut for tomorrow’s final day. A limit will help him make up ground for sure and maybe sneak into the final day.

LSU Shreveport off to a good start

JP Kimbrough and Ryan Antee got off to a great start on Day 2. They were 10th place after Day 1 weigh-in with only three fish for the day. They aren’t getting a ton of bites, but it seems the ones they do get are big ones.