Story by Justin Brouillard | Photos by Tanner & Travis Lyons
SPRING CITY, TN. – On day one, anglers caught what they predicted based on pre-tournament estimations. Many said the winner would be in the 14 to 16-pound range and with a 6-pound, 6-ounce lunker to anchor his bad, Patrick Walters holds the day one lead with 16-pounds, 14-ounces. Behind him, Sheldon Collings weighed 14-pounds, 12-ounces respectively.
Anglers predicted varying weights for the leaders so we will see how a flip in boat numbers plays out on day two for out top anglers. Those ones who can stay consistent will remain, and those who stumble will fall. With every angler fishing all three days, it’s wide open and a 20-pound bag will move someone way up in the standings.
In the 40th spot, with 9-pounds, 8-ounces KC Choosakul holds down the final check spot. Anglers also predicted closely what weight it would take to get paid and are so far very close. Weights are very tight and a few ounces moves anglers around.
Many anglers mentioned if the current is moving, there are bites to be had. On day two, the conditions shift slightly with overcast skies and rain likely. Winds are expected to be gusty at times and blow South at 10 to 15 MPH. We will see how the changes affect the anglers on Watts Bar today on Live Coverage beginning at 8AM Eastern.
1st Patrick Walters 16-14
2nd Sheldon Collings 14-12
3rd Pug Clements 14-10
4th Shawn Murphy 14-9
5th Dale Prinkey 14-7
6th Ryan Satterfield 13-13
7th Paul Browning 13-12
8th Louis Fernandes 13-10
9th Chance Woodard 13-4
10th Michael Brewer 13-2
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