University of North Alabama Brings Home the National Championship

Auburn University and Tusculum College take 2nd and 3rd Respectively

FLORENCE, ALABAMA (May 26, 2017) – Day Two of the 2017 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Cabela’s on Pickwick Lake began with calm and cool conditions. How would another weather change affect the fishing conditions was on the minds of the top five teams all of whom had weighed in more than 20 pounds on day one. 

Sloan Pennington and Hunter McCarty from the University of North Alabama take the win. FLW photo

The day one leaders Tusculum College team of Nick Hartfield and Corey Neece had a narrow lead over Dakota Ebare and Justin Seeton from Tarleton State University and Sloan Pennington and Hunter McCarty from the University of North Alabama,. Sitting in fourth and fifth was Wyatt Young and Tucker Sargent another team from Tarleton State University and the defending champions Mitchell Jennings and Cole Burdeshaw from Auburn University.

After the fast and furious start theses teams had on day one of catching them one after the other left the teams with very high hopes and expectations for day two. The same gamble every team had to make on day one was again in play, to stay close and fish around launch or make the long run to the west. Dead slick conditions made for making the long run a lot easier on day two, with the field inverted the anglers that had a late start on day one were now going to be first out of the gate and be the first ones to their fishing spots. The TVA was pulling very little water from the Wilson Lake Dam and the early morning bite was noticeably slower than day one.

Reports of fish catches started to slowly come in seemed the deep bite was the one that anglers were concentrating on to start the day. More reports of anglers throwing swimbaits, deep diving crankbaits, and big flutter spoons. We did still have some teams that pulled out the spinning rods and reels and went straight to the finesse style baits such as drop shots and shakey heads. This biggest things the anglers were without was wind and current. However as the day went on the TVA let out more and more water and the culling began for teams in contention.

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