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Andrews, Nimrod hanging tough

Here’s on to keep an eye on today. ULM’s Jacob Andrews and Connor Nimrod are in fourth place in the  Abu Garcia College Fishing National Championship on Fort Gibson Lake in Oklahoma. The Day One competition Wednesday, March 29, was a grind for most everyone in it. Whipped by wind and dealing with mostly uncooperative fish, the top two teams have some separation, but the rest are scratching and clawing for every bite.  

Fishing for East Texas Baptist University, Kaden Proffitt and Cason Ragsdale tallied 17 pounds, 9 ounces to take the lead. In second, brothers Lafe and Matt Messer put up 17-8 for Kentucky Christian University. Fishing for East Texas Baptist University, Kaden Proffitt and Cason Ragsdale tallied 17 pounds, 9 ounces to take the lead. In second, brothers Lafe and Matt Messer put up 17-8 for Kentucky Christian University.

Jacob Andrews and Connor Nimrod – University of Louisiana-Monroe – 14-0 (5 fish)    

Repping ULM, Jacob Andrews and Connor Nimrod are hunting for the school’s third National Championship title, which would be the most any university has won with MLF or FLW. Like most teams, they were hampered by the wind.

“We’re fishing around a bunch of people, fishing slower than a lot of guys,” said Nimrod, a senior marketing major. “We’re just fishing those flatter points, places where fish want to move to. It seems like they’ve been coming all week, we’re just looking for those areas.”

“I’m glad we caught ‘em when we did,” said Andrews, also a senior, majoring in criminal justice. “Because when that wind got high it got bad tough.”

For Day 2, the plan is the same – to grind out bites and fish smart.

“I think we’ve got to do the same thing we did today,” said Nimrod. “Just go fish and keep an open mind – see what looks good and hit it.”

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