Friday, August 2, 2013

College Championship: First Day Stories Worlds Apart

B.A.S.S. Photo by Shaye Baker.
The stories of the top teams after one day of competition at the Carhartt College Series Championship couldn't differ much more dramatically. The first-day leaders, Nick Barr and Jarred Walker of Eastern Washington University, traveled farther than any other team to fish Lake Chatuge. Still, they felt right at home in the Georgia mountains because they are used to using finesse strategies in lakes that are far clearer than Lake Chatuge. By way of contrast, the second place team, from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, had never drop-shot fished prior to the practice days earlier this week and are accustomed to fishing heavy tackle in thick cover and at close quarters. Contrasting the distance traveled by the leaders, in third place after one day is the "home team" from Young Harris College, the school that is hosting the event. Also noteworthy, the teams of Auburn angler and defending college champion Matt Lee and his brother Jordan Lee, who is fishing on a different Auburn team, are both within striking distance in 10th and 7th places, respectively, after one day.

The Carhartt College Series Championship is a three-day event. Visit the college home page to keep up with the action.

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