Well, they're the only fishermen from South Carolina, but the way this spring has gone – fish appear to be doing things several weeks earlier than usual – who knows?
Wicker and Turner fish for Clemson, the only team from South Carolina in the field of 25 that will fish three days for a first-prize package of $75,000 in chase and a fully-rigged Ranger bass boat.
Daily blast-offs will be at 7 a.m. at Park Site No. 8 (North) at 2101 N. Lake Drive in Columbia, with weigh-ins at 5 p.m. on Friday, 2:30 on Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday adjacent to the Carolina Baseball Stadium at the corner of Blossom and Williams streets on the campus of the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Sunday's weigh-in will immediately follow the Gamecocks' scheduled baseball game.
The winning team will take home $50,000 in cash, a fully-rigged ranger boat wrapped in the school's colors for the school's bass club and $25,000 for the school they represent. The winning team will also qualify for the FLW's Forrest Wood Cup on Georgia's Lake Lanier in mid-August.
Teams qualified through four regular-season events in five conferences. The top five teams in each regional will be in Columbia.
Six states are represented by multiple teams: California with five, Texas with four, Georgia three and Virginia, New Jersey and Illinois with two each.