Led by UC native and his partner, Bethel bass fishing team finishes third
Posted: Friday, February 25, 2011 3:01 pm
Bethel ended with a third place overall finish among 18 schools represented, edging out much larger ones like Auburn the first day and the University of Alabama and the University of Tennessee in the two-day event.
Bethel teammates Jake Lawrence of Union City and Jacob Hardy of Paris ended with a 13.32-pound total the first day, well over three pounds more than the second place Auburn. Their finish was first out of 61 boats. Lawrence’s 6.05-pound smallmouth bass helped seal the first-day, first-place finish.
Not being able to practice earlier in the week because of inclement weather, Lawrence and Hardy chose to fish familiar territory, heading east after launching at Ingalls Harbor and casting in an area they had worked previously. The 13.32-pound haul indicated that their location choice and their go-to baits of a Strike King Bitsy Bug and a Strike King Rodent were the right ones.
Day two of the tournament proved less successful for Hardy and Lawrence as two separate teams from Auburn landed enough fish to earn first and second place and with Bethel’s first-day total helping them hold onto the third place overall finish.
Following the tournament, Bethel and Auburn University are both undefeated 4-0 in the Southern Collegiate Bass Fishing Series match fishing contest.
Bethel University is in its second year of collegiate bass fishing tournament competition after having been established in fall 2009. It was the first collegiate bass fishing program in America to offer scholarships for the sport. The team is coached by Garry Mason, a long-time fishing and hunting guide and founder of The Legends of the Outdoors.
The team’s next competitive event is scheduled for this Friday, Feb. 25 with the FLW National Tour Event #1 at Lake Guntersville in Guntersville, Ala.
For more information about the Bethel University Bass Fishing team, contact Mason at email@example.com or at 731-693-7770.