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ULM “Fish”hawks win tourney

BROOKELAND, Texas — The University of Louisiana-Monroe  Warhawks (okay, we’re going with “Fish”hawks….) team of Tyler Craig of Frierson and Brian Eaton of Monroe, won the FLW College Fishing Southern Conference tournament on Sam Rayburn Reservoir this past weekend.

They weighed in five bass weighing 29 pounds, 5 ounces – the heaviest one-day five-bass limit ever weighed in FLW College Fishing history. The victory earned the club $2,000 and advanced the team to the FLW College Fishing Southern Conference Championship tournament. With 89 collegiate teams participating, this weekend’s tournament also broke the record for the largest field in FLW College Fishing history.

unnamed“It was amazing,” said Craig, a sophomore majoring in pre-Pharmacy. “It was a dream come true to win this tournament.”

“It feels pretty awesome,” said Eaton, a senior majoring in Nursing. “I’ve never won a college tournament before.”

To seal the deal, the University of Louisiana-Monroe duo threw Umbrella Rigs, Stanley Jigs and Zoom Swimmin’ Fluke Jr.’s up into a 10-foot ledge on the north end of the lake. Throwing to this spot, along with another 14-foot ledge nearby in deeper water, was the key to victory for the two anglers.

“We had about 20 pounds by 8:30 a.m. We felt we were in pretty good shape,” said Eaton. “By 12:30 p.m., we had the majority of our weight and figured it would be enough to win.”

Louisiana Tech’s team of Zachary Sparish of Robeline and Austin Sepulvado of Calhoun also had five bass weighing 15-3 and finished fourth in the tournament. Congratulations to these young fishermen for representing our area well.  Good job!

The top 15 teams that advanced to the Southern Conference Championship tournament on Sam Rayburn Reservoir are:

1st           University of Louisiana-Monroe – Brian Eaton, Monroe, La., and Tyler Craig, Frierson, La. (five bass, 29-5, $2,000)

2nd           Lamar University – Garrett Hilton & Quinton Evans, both of Orange, Texas (five bass, 26-11, $1,000)

3rd           Lamar University – Colby Ogden, Kountze, Texas, and Brandon Simoneaux, Bridge City, Texas (five bass, 15-12, $500)

4th            Louisiana Tech University – Zachary Sparish, Robeline, La. and Austin Sepulvado, Calhoun, La., (five bass, 15-3, $500)

** Complete results can be found at CollegeFishing.com.

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