Day 2 of the 2018 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship on Pickwick Lake

Day 2 of the 2018 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship on Pickwick Lake


– [Commentator] I’d like to
go ahead and welcome you out to the 2018 BoatU.S. Collegiate
Bass Fishing Championship presented by Cabela’s. – [Announcer] It’s
championship day here in Florence Alabama
and this afternoon, one team will be
crowned the winner of the most prestigious
title in college fishing. – That’s the way it’s done here on Pickwick,
twenty two sixty three. – [Announcer] Day one
produced four limits over 20 pounds and the
top 10 is separated by less than five
pounds overall. It’s anyone’s ballgame out
on Pickwick Lake today. – [Fisherman] Aw, yes. – [Announcer] One
thing is for certain. Today’s winners will join a
long list of heralded champions. Day two of the BoatU.S.
Collegiate Bass
Fishing Championship presented by
Cabela’s, begins now. – Get in the boat son! Whew! How ’bout that one? – [Commentator] Y’all
put your hands together. New leaders. – [Crowd] Woooo Pig Sooie! – [Commentator] New big
bass of the tournament! – Whoo! – [Commentator] There’s your
champions right there folks. – [Announcer] Welcome
out to the launch site for the 2018 BoatU.S. Collegiate
Bass Fishing Championship presented by Cabela’s. Three-hundred and
thirty college anglers are getting ready
to take to the water for day two of tournament
action here on Pickwick Lake. With one day of
competition in the books, some teams are
entering the final day with a boat load of confidence, while others are looking
to switch up patterns and try something new
to get a few bites. – Day two, gonna lock through. Give it our best shot
to come back today. Didn’t have a great first day but we’re gonna try and get
as high as we can second day. – Day one was
pretty tough for us. We bought some big swim baits and everything last night. We’re gonna go out there
and see what happens. – [Announcer] The conditions
out on Pickwick Lake this week have been ideal,
setting up for textbook Tennessee River ledge fishing. Today, Mother Nature
could play a factor as there’s a strong
chance of storms beginning mid to late morning. Regardless of how the
weather shakes out, anglers are anxious to go out
in search of some big bites. – Well, we found
some fish yesterday but a lot of ’em were short, within an inch of the limit. So, we’re just gonna
hope for some big bites doin’ the same thing. – We got schools found. To catch ’em just
like everyone else. It’s just a matter of
gettin’ that one big bite It’s what separates you
from 15 pounds to 20. So, hopefully today we
can figure out something. – [Announcer] Twenty
pound bags are attainable out on this body of water. Day one saw a total
of four limits over the 20 pound
mark cross the scales. And those four
teams are separated by just over two and a half
pounds entering this final day. For the second place team
from right here in Florence, they couldn’t be more
excited to get things going. – We’re just gonna go
out there and go fishing. We got a lot of
knowledge on this lake so, hopefully we can put
our knowledge together and make it work today. – [Announcer] We’ll get right
into tournament action now, where day one leaders
Carter McNeil and Cole Floyd from Bethel University
are wasting no time in filling their live well
with fish this morning. – Right when we pulled out,
we just started fan casting. There’s a couple schools
of fish right out here on this flat been
roamin’ around. Ran into a little pod
of ’em over there. They just wasn’t very big. Lost a couple two and
a half, three pounders. Gonna need a little bit bigger
ones than that today though. Cast against the wind so,
ain’t too big of a deal. We just need to get the
big ones in the boat. – [Announcer] That makes
five fish for the pairing from Bethel University. It’s a good start to
the day here early on. But they know they have to
continue to upgrade their limit throughout the day if
they wanna win this event. – Yeah, it feels good
to have five in the tank but if we’re gon’
try to win this thing we’re gon’ have to do
some major upgradin’. – Yeah, baby. – [Announcer] Hauling that
keeper fish into the boat, Triston Crowder and
Lake Blasingame from UNA now have three fish in the box. Entering today in second place
just three one-hundredths of an ounce out of first,
they’re looking to win and become the first school to claim back to
back championships. Just last year, Sloan
Pennington and Hunter McCarty used their local
knowledge as an advantage taking home this
prestigious title. Though many teams have tried, no school has ever won
this event back to back. – There he is. Yeah, he feels like a
good (mumbles) keeper. Yeah, it’s a good one. He’s a decent one. (mumbles) – [Lake] What’s that five? – [Triston] Four. – [Announcer] The addition
of that fish to the live well makes four fish for
the team from UNA. All totaled, those fish weigh
an estimated nine pounds. Definitely not the
weight needed to win but they’re pumped to
fill the well this early and have a shot at the
national championship title. – It ain’t big but
we’ll take ’em . That’s number four. – [Announcer] With the
action off to a furious pace this morning, it’s time
now for our first break. The strong ledge bite is
continuing over into day two and the anglers are
taking advantage of their opportunities
to catch fish. Who will separate
themselves from the field by catching a real
difference maker? Stay tuned to find out. The Cabela’s Collegiate
Bass Fishing series is brought to you by Bass
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legends one at a time. And by, Garmin. Fight your fish, not
your fish finder. Welcome back to day two coverage of the BoatU.S. Collegiate
Bass Fishing Championship presented by Cabela’s. Today’s anglers are competing for a chance to be
crowned national champion and all season teams
have been battling for the coveted Cabela’s
school of the year presented by Abu Garcia. Bethel University enters today with a seemingly
insurmountable lead. If they can manage to weigh
in just one limit of fish, that should just
about seal the deal. – Of course obviously,
our main goal this morning is getting a good limit. We get a limit in the boat, we’re pretty much locked
school of the year. And that’s the ultimate
goal is to win that. So, we get that this
mornin’ some time and then we’ll go get the win. – Got ‘im. – [Cole] Limit size? – I can’t tell. He’ll keep. And be number five. – And that’s school of the
year right there buddy. I can lock that up. Hey, gimme some. That was the number one goal. – Ah, he’ll keep. – Oh yeah. – He’s fat. – [Announcer] Following the
conclusion of weigh in today, point totals will be calculated
and a winner will be crowned in the school of the year race. – There he is. It’s a little one I think. Oh, whoa. – Put this on the floor. – Go ahead. – No, it’s in front of you. – [Announcer] Netting that
fish and putting it in the boat completes the limit for
the hometown team from UNA. Working their best spot
with a variety of baits, the goal now is to
find larger fish. – Right now we just pulled
up on our best spot. We just put our fifth
fish in the boat. We stopped on some places back up the lake there. Some places we caught some
bigger fish on during practice. We caught one fish, one keeper and we didn’t get another
bite off any of ’em. So, we went ahead
and made the decision to run down to here and try
and catch five big ones. – He’s a good one. – That’s a good one? – Yeah, keep it down. – Aw yes! – Nice gift. Alright, I gotta cull. – [Announcer] That quality
keeper allow the team from UNA to cull out their smallest
fish of the morning. Adding about a pound
to their total weight, Crowder and Blasingame
are gaining momentum on this final day. – Big un. – [Announcer] Current
leaders Carter McNeil and Cole Floyd from Bethel
University are hooked up again with five fish in the box, they too are looking to
cull up early on today. – Yes. – There we go. – [Announcer] Fishing their
second spot of the morning, McNeil and Floyd
are working the area that produced big fish
for them on day one. They have confidence
in this spot and are hoping to catch
another giant bass. – That’ll cull right there. – I think we can catch
a few more big ones. – I’ve got a lot of
confidence on this place. You don’t get tons of bites but all you need is
five bites of of it. – Feels good to have that
kind of weight this early but we can’t let
it slack us any. We still gotta fish
like we got 10 pounds. We can’t let up any. I mean, this is the last day. We’re gon’ have to throttle ’em. – Big chub. – Catch up. – That’s a tie. Oh my God.
– It’s a huge one. – Stay on there. – Stay on there baby. – Yes!
– Yes, dude. – That’s an eight pounder. – A toad. That’s what I’m talkin’ about. – Maybe about seven. Yes! – That’s gon’ help out a lot. That’s a big one there. – [Announcer] With those
two solid fish catches, the team of Bethel
University anglers have added to
their weight total, pushing their current
five fish limit up around the 20 pound mark. Also looking to catch
more than 20 pounds today is the second place
team from UNA. Triston Crowder and Lake
Blasingame will have to keep pace with the leaders
if they want a shot at winning this event. – Alright now, we’re
down here in Tennesse fishin’ a ledge. There’s a big community
hole on down from us. But we actually found these
fish above the community hole and we’re just
settin’ even with ’em, throwing up current
with a swim bait and draggin’ a worm a
little bit and the jig but a lot of the smaller
fish we caught on the bottom and our bigger fish, we
caught on a swim bait. There’ll be like a
light switch sometimes and they’re all good ones. I mean, it’s just
what we’re waitin’ for so, yeah we’re just sitting
down, throwin’ up current. – I think he’s little. – (mumbles) your rod was bent. (sigh) – [Announcer] And
with that sigh, it’s evident this fish
will not help their cause. It’s starting to become crunch
time out on Pickwick Lake. The leaders have
set the pace early. Now, it’s up to the
rest of the field to chase ’em down if things are
going to become interesting. Stay tuned to see if
anyone can put together a late day charge,
coming up next. The Cabela’s Collegiate
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you on the water. Yamaha Marine,
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Shallow Water Anchor, Swift. Silent. Secure. Day two coverage of the BoatU.S. Collegiate
Bass Fishing Championship presented by Cabela’s continues as the sun sits high
over Pickwick Lake and the temperatures
creep into the low 90s. One of the many struggles brought on by the
increase in temperature is keeping fish alive
while out on the water. Having the right tools to
maintain proper fish care is key for tournament anglers. – It’s crucial the reason
we’re back towards the top as of yesterday is
that in our live wells, the old Engel cooler
holds our ice. We put three bags of
ice a day in this thing. We use ’em in these live wells and we use D juice. Best stuff on the market. Big key to fish care is, fin clips, havin’ fin clips, for when they turn over. I would try to fin clip
’em instead of fizzin’ ’em. Then, having D juice,
having a big Engel cooler stocked slap full of ice and you’re ready to
fish in the summertime. – [Announcer] Cole
Walker and Hunter Louden of Bethel University enter
today in third place. The two are working an offshore
spot in a major creek arm and having a lot of success. Knowing these fish have
ben pressured all week, They’re taking extra care
not to disrupt the area. – And these fish are
not current related. They’ll fire a lot
easier, the school will. That’s a strike. What you doin’ in there buddy? The school will usually fire
a lot easier in a creek. But these are also unscannable. I’ve got both of my graphs, the
sonar is completely cut off. I’m strictly using, I’ve
done this all tournament, strictly using nothing
but my mapping. I trust my practice. I trust who I see. Is it a big one? – No. – Okay. I trust my eyes. I trust what we’ve
seen in practice. And we go in with our gut. And so uh, every day- There’s one too. Every day we’ve done nothin’
but scan and practice and know where they are. That way, when we come
up in a tournament, we don’t have to spend
five minutes searchin’. We can pull up and make
the right cast five times. So, it’s just a little tip
for the Tennessee River, it’s pressured and
they know what a motor and that pingin’ in
that graph sounds like. – [Announcer] Fishing out
on the main river channel about 30 minutes from take off are Logan Callahan
and Andrew Roaten from Mississippi
State University. They come into this final day sitting in fifth place
with 19.95 pounds. After experiencing
an afternoon flurry, they are comfortable with their
position as time winds down. – Actually, they started
off slower than yesterday. Yesterday, we got
two morning bites and this morning we
went to our first spot and we didn’t get a bite at all. It was actually right here. And then, we made a
run about 15 miles. We caught our limit real quick. None of ’em were very big but I think we’ve culled all
but one of those out now. So, we definitely
had a lot better day. We had a lot more bites today. – Right here, right here. – Golly, he ain’t
gon’ cull a thing. Get back in there. Get right there. – [Announcer] Drawing a
late boat number today, Callahan and Roaten are among
the last flight of boats due in at 4 p.m. This leaves them ample time
to find that kicker fish. Also due in during
the last flight, our leaders Carter
McNeil and Cole Floyd are hoping that their main spot continues to pay off
as the day progresses. – I swear by that lake. That lake deal, the
last hour and a half that’s when they eat. In practice, that’s when
these set up the best. In the morning they’re
kind of scattered around, not really grouped up real well but later we would go and they would be all
tighted up and stuff. – What you got? – Ain’t got nothing really. – Need a net? – Oh yeah, net, net, net. – There’s a good one. – There we go son. – I’ve still got this one
burnin’ me up over here. – Yes, baby. That’s the one we
needed right there. – [Announcer] Their smallest
fish in the well at the moment is just under three pounds
so, to their estimation, this fish will add another
pound or pound and a half to their total weight, putting them up over
24 pounds on the day. That concludes our
on the water coverage here on championship day. After the break, we
take to the scales to see who managed to
catch the winning bag. A national championship
is on the line and the surprise contender
from the back of the pack makes an early move
to claim the lead. Find out which team it is, next. The Cabela’s Collegiate
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what’s out there. The wait is over and it’s
time to weigh in fish and crown a winner for the BoatU.S. Collegiate Bass
Fishing Championship presented by Cabela’s. Pickwick Lake has kicked out
quality fish all week long. And it appears that
today is no exception. A pair of anglers from Bryan
College are about to display what this lake is capable of. – Had a fantastic day yesterday. Nineteen sixty four. Can you do it again? – Yes. – Twenty one, eighteen! Yes, they can. They’re gonna go to first place. We’re getting fish out. They just took over the
lead for this event. – [Announcer] Nathan
Bell and Cole Sands stake early claim to the lead. By staying patient and
working one key area, they were able to
amass 20 pounds. – Well, we had one
particular place that we felt like we
could really catch ’em and we got down
there this morning and there was three
boats already there. So, I stopped well out
from ’em and just said, hey do y’all mind if we can
somehow get in close with y’all and they said, sure come on in. And we fished for
probably 20 minutes or so and most of them left so we
kind of had it to ourselves and about probably an hour
later, the fish started bitin’. We started puttin’
together our bag. – [Announcer] The first
team in the top three from day one to
challenge for the lead are Hunter Louden and Cole
Walker from Bethel University. – They only need 19 and change. Let’s see how close. Eighteen eighty eight! So close! – [Announcer] Nathan and
Cole dodge a major bullet as the Bethel University
team comes up just short from taking the lead
by less than a pound. Sitting in second
entering the final day, the next group to
challenge for the lead is the hometown pairing
of Triston Crowder and Lake Blasingame from the
University of North Alabama. – Alright, how many
fish have you got? – We got five. – They’ve got five. Let’s see, it needs to
be eighteen twenty three to take the lead. Eighteen ten! By the skin of your teeth! – [Announcer] Yet again,
Bryan College remains atop the leader
board by just ounces. Leaving only one
team with a chance to overtake Nathan and
Cole for the top spot, the day one leaders bring
a healthy bag of fish to the stage. – They only need
eighteen twenty. Let’s see who’s gonna
win, right here. They’ve done it! Lock it in at
twenty five twelve! Way to go! – [Announcer] And
there you have it. Carter McNeil and Cole
Floyd are your champions of the 2018 BoatU.S. Collegiate
Bass Fishing Championship presented by Cabela’s. They do it with a winning
weight of 47.75 pounds. They take the title
in commanding fashion besting the Bryan College team of Nathan Bell and Cole
Sands by nearly seven pounds. Triston Crowder and
Lake Blasingame round
out the top three with a two day total
of 40.70 pounds. Carter McNeil and Cole
Floyd become the second team from Bethel University to claim this
prestigious championship weighing in the heaviest
bag of the tournament on the final day. They put their
stamp on this event. – We ended up just goin’ out
and grindin’ it out all day. And ended up catchin’ a big
one right there at the end that really bumped us up. And overall it was
a fantastic day. We had real fun out there. – [Announcer] Being
Ranger Cup qualified, winning this event
earns the duo a spot to fish in the Ranger
Cup University Challenge on Lake Guntersville this Fall. And in the final order
of business for the week, Bethel University
finishes the season as the winner of the
Cabela’s School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia. With the largest margin
of victory in the history of this program, they
best second place UNA by more than 700 points. And Murray State
finishes in third. The School of the
Year competition is the most grueling
challenge of the season, testing every member of
the team and requiring solid performances at each stop. – We stayed consistent
and we’ve done it with a lot of different
anglers, not just one or two. And so our program
is really deep and we’ve got a lot of
really great anglers. – [Announcer] What a week
it’s been here in Florence. Pickwick Lake proved yet again, why it’s widely considered one of the best bass fishing
lakes in the country. We’d like to give a
special thanks to our host, the city of Florence for
welcoming our college anglers with open arms this week. Thank you for watching coverage of the BoatU.S. Collegiate
Bass Fishing Championship presented by Cabela’s. We’ll see you next time.

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