Welcher has made 30 stops

Day 1 leader Kyle Welcher finally got his first keeper, and shortly after that, his second. That gives him 4 pounds 3 ounces for the

Welcher started the day south of Goose Pond Landing and has work his way north nearly to the Tennessee state line.

The rookie from Opelika, Alabama told us he’d be moving frequently today, making at least 40 stops. We counted 30 by 9:30, and that’s when he caught his first keeper.