Snead State Has Strong Day One

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 Oct 29th, 2019 by Keith Worrall 

Modified Oct 29th, 2019 at 9:28 AM

2019 AFTCO Collegiate Bass Open: Snead State Has Strong Day One

RUSSELLVILLE, AR (October 26, 2019) – The scales are closed

and anglers are back at their hotels making preparations for the final day of competition in the 2019 AFTCO Collegiate Bass Open. While making those preparations for tomorrow, you bet they’re thinking about how a finicky Lake Dardanelle greeted the elite field comprised of nearly 350 top college anglers today. With cold and rainy weather being the theme this week, it’s taking what’s normally a great fishery and turning it into a very tough body of water. Bottom line, you’ve got the makings for a very challenging final day which means it’s anybody’s tournament to win.

As day one came to a close, Garrett Warren and John Owens from Snead State Community College brought in a five fish limit weighing 17.85 pounds to capture the lead. Working their way along today in an area, they stumbled across the spot that produced for them on the first day of competition. “We started to get in a little bit more clearer water and we were both like, ‘Dang dude, it’s about to happen.’ And we caught those three of our biggest fish, and we went from there,” said Warren.

Garrett competed in this event just last year and left Russellville, AR with a second place finish. This year he is hoping to go home with the win. One element that could play key in their chances of earning that win is the weather. The forecast projects tomorrow to be sunny with calmer winds, similar to Wednesday of practice when these two say they had a great bag. “I really don’t think the weather really hurt us. It is supposed to be sunny tomorrow with better conditions for what our first pattern was, so I feel like we can catch them better tomorrow,” added Owens.

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