YOUNG HARRIS, Ga — Eastern Washington University’s Nick Barr and Jerred Walker put together an astonishing five-fish limit weighing 19 pounds, four ounces to grab the lead in the Carhartt Bassmaster College National Championship. Not only was it a great catch, the two Washington fishermen are geographically the farthest team from this Georgia lake!
Not far behind that duo are the University of Louisiana at Monroe’s Nick LaDart and Brian Eaton, who sit in second with 13-14.
“Nick and I are in unfamiliar territory,” Eaton said. “This is the first time I’ve ever fished a drop shot rig in
my life. It’s the same for him. I’m not used to fishing with 8-pound-test line, so this is way different than Louisiana.
“We spent the whole practice graphing brushpiles and found a bunch we liked and would hit ’em, and if they were there in three or four casts, great. If not, we moved on. I guess since we’ve never fished like this before a little bit of luck helped, too.”
Blake Deron and Brett Preuett of ULM are also in the standings with a catch of 9-4 for 24th place after the first day. Good luck to the Warhawk Fishermen. These ULM fishermen are making quite a name for themselves and the local school in college bass fishing.
In third place are the tournament favorites, Young Harris College’s Brad Rutherford and Matthew Peeler.