JUNCTION CITY, Kan. – With the forecast calling for periods of sustained 20-mph winds and gusts up to 30 mph on Friday, B.A.S.S. officials have opted to cancel seeding day at the 2023 Bassmaster College Classic Bracket. Milford Lake will not be put off-limits, so the eight college anglers competing will have the option to practice if they feel they can do so safely.
With the canceled day, Easton Fothergill and Nick Dumke from the University of Montevallo will claim the first two seeds, respectively, by virtue of winning the Bassmaster Team of the Year title. From there, the seeding is based on each team’s finish in the Bassmaster College National Championship. The 2023 national champions, Tucker Smith and Hayden Marbut from Auburn University, will claim the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds, followed by Bethel University’s Levi Mullins and Matthew Cummings in the No. 5 and No. 6 positions. University of Montevallo anglers Brody Robison and Jack Alexander will round out the field as the No. 7 and No. 8 seeds.
In the head-to-head, elimination-style event, anglers will compete as individuals and the winner will earn a berth in the 2024 Bassmaster Classic scheduled for March 22-24 in Tulsa, Okla. Anglers will launch from Farnum Creek Boat Ramp at Acorns Resort starting at 7 a.m. CT for this catch, weigh, release tournament and end their day at 3 p.m.