Live Blog: October 9 – Tournament Day 1

1:45 PM October 9, 2021

The first flight of boats is due back in at 3:00 PM.  A live video stream and live leaderboard will be available.

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1:35 PM October 9, 2021

Beau and Hunter from Drury University with another upgrade!

12:35 PM October 9, 2021

Logan Stewart from Sam Houston State has a good keeper in the box!

12:30 PM October 9, 2021

Rojas and Phillips from Simpson University now have two fish in the well!

12:10 PM October 9, 2021

Watch a video update from Beau and Hunter with Drury University here.

The duo from School of the Year contender Drury University is having one of the better days we’ve seen reported to this point.

11:40 AM October 9, 2021

A strong wind is starting to kick up across Lake Dardanelle.  Look for this to possibly have a positive impact on the bite out there.  This wind will start to push baitfish around and stir up activity.  It will also concentrate the fish in more specific wind-blown areas.  We will provide updates from on-the-water as we receive them.

11:25 AM October 9, 2021

Special shoutout to the sponsor of today’s live blog, Bass Pro Shops!  Bass Pro Shops has long been the title sponsor of the tournament series and supports college fishing greatly!

The Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia is one of the main focuses at Lake Dardanelle this week.  View the current standings at this link.

11:05 AM October 9, 2021

Beau and Hunter from Top 10 ranked Drury University have approximately 10 pounds in the well.  That is the highest reported weight we have hear of so far today.  Definitely a great start for the two anglers who won another major college event on this lake last weekend.

10:50 AM October 9, 2021

One of our camera teams just rolled up on Rojas and Phillips from Simpson University.  They have one keeper for roughly 2 pounds.

Simpson University wins the award for most miles travelled to compete in this weekend’s event.  Located all the way out in California, Simpson is competing in it first-ever ACA tournament.  The team is currently ranked Top 5 in the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia.

10:15 AM October 9, 2021

The weigh-in site is set up at Lake Dardanelle State Park.  This is where weigh-in and prize presentation will happen this weekend!

The first flight is due back in at 3:00 PM today.

On Day 2, the first flight is due in at 1:00 PM.

9:50 AM October 9, 2021

On-the-water reports are few and far between this morning.  None of the three teams our camera crews started the day with have boated a keeper fish.

Crews are on the move now to catch up with other teams competing in the event!

8:40 AM October 9, 2021

Click here to watch a video of Austin and Carter from Adrian College at takeoff this morning as they talk about the event and its significance towards the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia.

8:20 AM October 9, 2021

The full field is now out on Lake Dardanelle for Day 1 of competition in the AFTCO Collegiate Bass Open.

We have camera crews following representatives from the Top 3 teams in the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia.  Pictured above are two anglers representing number one ranked Adrian College.  Adrian is sporting the exclusive BUFF Yellow Headwear this weekend.

Stay tuned for more updates as they start to roll in.

5:00 AM October 9, 2021

Good morning from Day 1 of tournament competition for the 2021 AFTCO Collegiate Bass Open at Lake Dardanelle.  The first flight of boats will leave from Lake Dardanelle State Park at 7:00 AM.  Stay tuned for updates and much more coverage as the day progresses!