FLORENCE, ALABAMA (May 25, 2017) - Day one of the 2017 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Cabela's is in the books. There was no question this would be a great day of bass fishing featuring 192 of the best collegiate fishing teams in the country, representing 91 colleges and universities on the water. The field included the top 20 ranked teams in the Cabela's School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia to make it arguably the toughest field ever assembled in college fishing.
As the day kicked off here on the shores of Pickwick Lake in Florence, Alabama anglers arrived to find snacks and drinks provided by Bob's Machine and ice provided by Russell Marine Products to fill their boats. At daybreak Pickwick Lake greeted anglers with calm winds, cool air temperatures and sunny skies. Anglers had to decide to make the long early morning run to the west, or head east and gamble on catch a quick limit in the tail race below the Wilson Lake Dam. It didn't take long to see that making that long early morning run paid off with reports of numerous fish catches coming in first thing.
The most popular pattern was t0 target the schools of Pickwick Lake bass that had moved out to the ledges after the spawn. Anglers were using a wide variety of baits ranging from finesse style presentation using drop shots and shakey heads, to anglers that went with more reaction baits like swimbaits, crankbaits, and flutter spoons. Anglers had the added bonus of having a strong current from Wilson Lake that helped get the fish active throughout the day.