WADDINGTON, N.Y. -- A Bemidji State duo sit in fourth place after the first day of a Bassmaster College Series event Wednesday on the St. Lawrence River in Waddington, N.Y.

Brian Linder and Nathan Thompson reeled in 25 pounds, 9 ounces of bass to rank fourth in the field after day one. The BSU duo trails only teams from West Virginia (26-06), Sam Houston State (25-13) and Virginia Tech (25-10).

The 149-boat field hauled in 3,031 pounds, 3 ounces of bass to begin this three-day tournament in upstate New York. All but three of the teams caught limits of five bass, and of that number, 85 teams weighed more than 20 pounds.

The event follows similar college events held earlier this year on North Carolina’s Lake Norman in February, Alabama’s Smith Lake in March and Arkansas’ Bull Shoals Lake in April.

The top 10 percent of teams from each of those tournaments, as well as the ongoing event on the St. Lawrence, qualify for the national tournament on Tennessee’s Chickamauga Lake held Aug. 1-3. Duos can also qualify for the championship through their individual state tournaments or by finishing in the top 25 of the Team of the Year standings.

The full field of 149 teams will return to the water for day two of the tournament Thursday. The top 12 duos will fish on Friday for cash and prizes.