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Bass Fishing - Thu, Aug. 10, 2017

BEMIDJI, Minn. - The looks on the faces of Jared Rascoe and J. P. Kimbrough as they walked onto the stage for their weigh in showed that it was a long day for the LSUS Bass Club on Day One of the 2017 Carhartt Bassmaster College National Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops on Lake Bemidji. The duo weighed in three fish this afternoon totaling a weight of seven pounds and nine ounces. At the time the LSUS squad was in 14th place but slowly slipped 22 spots as the rest of the boats weighed in. They will start Friday in 36th and must climb to finish in the top 12 to qualify for the Saturday's Championship.

Last season Rascoe and Kimbrough just missed the Championship bracket as they finished 5th on the final day in Kentucky but they have high hopes that tomorrow will be a better day. "The weather looks like it will be better tomorrow so we are looking forward to getting back out there," said Rascoe.

Today's forecast was not a favorable one as the fishermen battled rain on and off including a good down pour at the weigh in. Tomorrow has a forecast of Mostly Sunny with a high of 74 with a low tonight in the low 50's. The take off in the morning will be a little chilly but it should warm up some once the sun comes up.

Lake Bemidji is a small glacially-formed lake, is approximately 6,920 acres in size, in northern Minnesota in the United States which is considerably smaller than Cross Lake in Shreveport which is 8,575 acres. Located less than 50 mi downstream from the source of the Mississippi River, it both receives and is drained by the Mississippi. This small fishery made it tough for anglers all day as they constantly worked their way around other boats to find fish.

"It was a rough day, you had boats in front and behind you fishing," said Rascoe. Hopefully tomorrow the duo can pull their way back up in the standings while other boats watch them do it.

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