For the third straight year, the BoatU.S. Collegiate Championship Series held the Pepsi Open on Kentucky Lake. The event was held June 29-30 out on Paris Landing. This is the only national collegiate event that has a true team format. Over sixty of the best teams across the country competed in this two day event. The best two weights from each 3 boat team were used each day to determine the total team weight.
For the newest Pro Staff member, Dale Hughes, it was a pretty good day. He fished with the partner he has been fishing with all season, Wendell Ramsey. They started by finding dirty water in an area that the heat and summer boat traffic would have less of an affect. After wading through dozens of hybrid and white bass they put two keepers in the boat. So, they chose to continue to stay right on that stretch of bank, even if it meant catching so many other species. After two more passes in the area, they had their limit of small fish. Even though they lost two larger fish once the wind picked up, they managed a 10th place finish with almost 11 pounds. Keep in mind it only took a little over eight pounds to get a check on this day. When asked about his day, Dale couldn’t even talk about the bass. “We caught a catfish in the tail and thought we a had a monster large mouth as we were fighting to get it to the boat.