The first day of a bass fishing tournament is one of the most crucial days of an event. Words of wisdom that have been repeated over and over are, “You can’t win a tournament on day one, but you sure can lose it.” Withstanding the pressure, and remaining focused will be the goal as anglers take to Pickwick Lake on day one. Pre-tournament predictions had winning weight estimates ranging from 40-50 pounds. Day one will provide a clearer picture of just how well the Tennessee River is fishing right now.
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Entering this event there were two polarizing story lines: Floyd & McNeil’s possible repeat, and the race for Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia. Let’s start first by focusing on Cole Floyd and Carter McNeil from Bethel University. The pair won this exact event just last season. Never in the history of this tournament has a school, let alone the exact same two angler team, won this event in back-to-back years. On day one we will have a camera in the boat following them to see how they fare this year in 2019.
Along with the title of tournament champion, one lucky university will be crowned School of the Year. McKendree University leads the pack entering this final event of the season. We will have on-the-water coverage of Nathan Doty and Jacob Louis of McKendree. Taking into account their significant lead, McKendree likely only needs two teams to finish inside the top 50 to secure the School of the Year title. Camera crews will also follow the remaining schools inside the top five for Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia: Murray State, Bethel University, Adrian College, and Blue Mountain College.
Pickwick Lake is fishing really well right now. Bass have started to settle in to their summertime patterns, and anglers have dialed them in. Big weights can be guaranteed at weigh-in. Tune in to see just how well these anglers can do on day one of the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops.
Stay tuned for Day 2 coverage and the conclusion of the 2019 Championship in the next week!