Alabama B.A.S.S. Nation held its very first State College Championship on Lake Eufaula on February 17, 2018. The weather was a balmy 80 plus degrees, a rather warm day for February. We had some 10-15 mph wind out of the west. Water temperatures that had been below 50 degrees several weeks ago were now 60 to 62 degrees with some claims of 65-degree pockets. This would be the kind of day that would decide which two teams of the fifty-six ABN College teams competing would move on to the B.A.S.S. College Championship this July on Lake Tenkiller, Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
The water was red clay muddy and the Corp of Engineers decided to make it harder on these young anglers by dropping the water level from one foot above normal pool to three feet below normal pool. This drop in water level influenced Auburn University’s team of Logan McEwen and Patrick Pelt’s decision to fish rip rap next to deeper water.