Paris, Tennessee – June 29, 2011 – Following a week of stormy, unstable weather, the collegiate anglers competing in the 2011 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Open presented by Pepsi were relieved to discover that the weather would be ideal for the first day of competition. With a light north wind, sunny skies and rumors that the TVA would be moving water throughout the day, many competitors were optimistic that the ledge bite Kentucky Lake is famous for this time of year would be on. Other competitors anticipated a strong flipping bite.
Austin Peay State University claimed the day one lead with an impressive 26.41 pounds. Teammates, Chase Hunnell and Ethan Ingle explained that they caught about 15 keepers from two sweet spots on main river ledges using homemade football jigs and Berkley Power Worms tied to FireLine Fused Crystal line by 10:00 am. “We spent the rest of the day fishing new water,” said Hunnell. The team had an early number today which means they’ll be one of the last boats to depart from Paris Landing Marina tomorrow morning. Hunnell continued saying, “We’re concerned that there could be lots of boats fishing near our morning sweet spot. The good news is that we never saw another boat within a mile of our other sweet spot that produced quality bites today. We also have a third spot that we never made a cast on today.”
Sitting in second place with 24.69 pounds is Eastern Kentucky University, who won the Open title in 2010. Team members, Jonas Ertel, Tyler Moberly, Kyle Raymer, John Smith, Matt Salmons and Will Pope estimated that they caught over 100 bass between them on a combination of swimbaits, spinnerbaits, jigs and worms. “They bit everything but a crankbait,” explained Moberly. The team has located a number of schools of bass but they have to catch lots of small fish in order to catch a few big bass. The team has a new strategy for tomorrow. Two boats will run to the water that produced slightly better quality bass while one boat will fish the spots that produced big numbers today. Read More.