There are a group of young men in college fishing for a chance of a lifetime to fish in the BASSMasters Classic over the next few days, including two from ULM. They are amateurs fighting to get a chance to compete against the pros for big bucks. I hope they are receiving a lot of encouragement in their fishing pursuits. But more importantly, I hope regardless of the outcome of the tournament, they are receiving the kind of life encouragement offered in Deuteronomy 31:8 —
“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
Normally on Sunday I only have a Bible Verse and a short writeup about it, but since there is so much interest in the local ULM fishermen, I am including this report today as well:
The University of North Carolina – Charlotte’s Jake Whitaker and Andrew Helms won the 2014 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship at Chatuge Reservoir in Georgia Saturday with 38 pounds, nine ounces. But there are bigger fish yet to fry in this event.
On the final day of the championship, only two teams out of the five that fished caught more than 10 pounds. The second team was Brett Preuett and Jackson Blackett of University of Louisiana Monroe, which finished third. Preuett spent a solid 3 minutes trying to horse in what he thought was a huge bass. “But then it turned out it was a striper,” he said with a laugh, while showing off a bloody scrape on his leg that he obtained during the fight.
The top fishermen still have competition left. The regular championship has concluded, but the 2014 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Classic Bracket starts on the same fishery, beginning tomorrow. These top eight fishermen will be fishing solo in a series of head-to-head elimination brackets, made up of anglers in the Top 4 teams of the championship. The competitor left standing at the end of the day on Aug. 5 earns a berth in the 2015 Bassmaster Classic. The other two teams with anglers left are second place finisher Bethel University and Tennessee Tech.