The day started off with the pre-tournament meeting. Teams drew numbers to find out what order they would launch in then reviewed the rules and other tournament details. As the boats took off, each team was met by a beautiful sunrise over a flat glass lake. The anglers enjoyed fishing without the high winds that had been prevalent since the beginning of the year.
Many of the teams fished shallow, looking for fish on beds or pre-spawn fish looking to move up. Almost all the fish were caught in less than 4′ of water. East Lake is known for its clearer water and with the sunny skies and calm wind; visibility was at its peak.
As the boats came back in for weigh-in, all had stories of short fish, tough fishing and the one that got away. It was awesome to see that no team came back with an empty livewell though. Every team brought something to the scales.
2nd Place: UF – Joey Heath and Matt Chavers – 1 fish for 3.96lbs
3rd Place: UCF – Miles Burghoff – 3 fish for 3.86lbs
4th Place: FGCU – Tommy Edwards and Noah Grimes – 4 fish for 3.77lbs
5th Place: FGCU – Garrett Farmer and Hank Irion – 3 for 3.43lbs
6th Place: VT – Michael Bylund – 1 fish for 0.98lbs
This event would not have been possible without the help of the following sponsors: East Lake Fish Camp and Florida Bass Networks. Thank you so much for your support.
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