Wednesday, June 10 – 10:00 AM
This will wrap up the Live Blog coverage for the first half of Day 1. Here shortly, we will publish a new blog that will cover on-the-water action for the rest of the day. We’ll be right back!
Wednesday, June 10 – 9:35 AM
Nathan & Bailey are now culling. This smallmouth will help to upgrade their limit.
Jacob Autry and Ryan Park from Murray State are also now culling. Murray enters this week ranked 5th in the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia.
Wednesday, June 10 – 9:25 AM
James Fry from Trine University checks in with a solid largemouth.
Wednesday, June 10 – 9:20 AM
Nathan Doty & Bailey Bleser from top ranked McKendree have completed their limit. They’ve got several quality fish with room to cull later today.
Wednesday, June 10 – 9:00 AM
2nd ranked Montevallo has multiple teams finding success this morning. Jarrett Brown & Tyler Harless just sent in this nice one! They have four fish so far.
Wednesday, June 10 – 8:45 AM
Jacob Frazier & Keegan Jones from 9th ranked Carson-Newman have four fish in the box.
Wednesday, June 10 – 8:20 AM
Griffin Phillips & Ethan King from Montevallo have finished out their limit. Looks like a pretty solid start on Day 1 for them.
Wednesday, June 10 – 8:15 AM
Boat 97, Cheston Jones & Addison Mahan from Arkansas State-Mountain Home, have boated two quality smallmouth!
Wednesday, June 10 – 8:10 AM
Here are a few quick updates we’ve had sent in:
Garrett Warren & Tyler Mitchell from Snead State Community College have a limit for roughly 13 pounds.
The Louisiana State University pairing of Alec Louque & Jordan Davenport have five fish for 15 pounds.
Wednesday, June 10 – 8:00 AM
We’ve had a flood of updates roll in over the past 30 minutes. We will get those all shared momentarily. Pictured here are Zach Graham and Zach Manneback from Adrian College. They are on the board with this one keeper.
Wednesday, June 10 – 7:20 AM
A team representing 5th ranked Murray State University already has a limit in the box. Zach Martin & Chris Armstrong went out in the last flight this morning. That means they probably put this limit together in less than 45 minutes. Great start to Day 1 for them!
Wednesday, June 10 – 7:15 AM
One of our camera crews started the morning with Griffin Phillips & Ethan King from 2nd ranked University of Montevallo. So far this morning they have three fish in the box.
Wednesday, June 10 – 6:55 AM
Nathan Doty & Bailey Bleser from 1st ranked McKendree University are on the board with this nice fish! McKendree University is looking to win their second consecutive Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia this week. Two solid finished by their team, and they could pretty well run away with the SOY title by the end of the day tomorrow.
Wednesday, June 10 – 6:40 AM
It’s a beautiful morning here in Florence, AL. The pictures we are receiving off the water show a picturesque sunrise gracing the horizon.
Wednesday, June 10 – 5:50 AM
And they’re off! The full field is taking off now. We hope to have some updates soon, stay tuned!
Wednesday, June 10 – 5:05 AM
Here is a look at the weather conditions for the day. Portions of the lake may see a little bit of rain early on this morning, but it should clear out of here by lunch time. One item of note to keep an eye on is the wind today. There has been a pretty strong breeze for the last few days, and it continues to gust this morning. Projections show the wind to blow an average of 15 mph or so for most of the day. Typically wind would be good out here, but it is going against the flow of current out on the river. That will likely cause for a bumpy boat ride heading out this morning. Otherwise, we will see what effect it has, if any, on the fishing!
Wednesday, June 10 – 4:45 AM
Good morning, and welcome into Live Blog coverage for Day 1 of the 2020 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops! Hundreds of the top collegiate anglers are filing through McFarland Park and preparing to launch out onto Pickwick Lake at the moment. Boat number one will take off at 5:30 AM with the remainder of the field following shortly thereafter.
Camera crews will begin the morning covering the Top 3 in the current rankings for Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia. Those teams include: McKendree University, University of Montevallo, and Adrian College. As we receive updates from off the water by those teams, we will promptly share them to the blog and social media.
Thanks for tuning in! We look forward to getting the event started and seeing how the anglers fare out there!