Carson-Newman University Makes History, Wins Largest MLF Abu Garcia College Fishing Tournament of All-Time at Lake Chickamauga - Major League Fishing
Carson-Newman University Makes History, Wins Largest MLF Abu Garcia College Fishing Tournament of All-Time at Lake Chickamauga
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Carson-Newman University Makes History, Wins Largest MLF Abu Garcia College Fishing Tournament of All-Time at Lake Chickamauga

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October 25, 2021 • MLF • Press Releases

DAYTON, Tenn. – The Carson-Newman University duo of Ben Cully of Rockwall, Texas, and Hayden Gaddis of Seymour, Tennessee, brought a five-bass limit to the scale weighing 18 pounds even to win the Abu Garcia College Fishing Presented by YETI at Lake Chickamauga. The victory earned the Eagles bass club $2,000 and qualified the duo to compete in the 2022 College Fishing National Championship.

The field of 278 teams competing broke an MLF record as the largest collegiate fishing tournament of all time. The previous record was set in March of 2018, when 276 teams competed in a Southeastern Conference event at Lake Guntersville.

According to post-tournament reports, the duo caught their fish on an unnamed frog, targeting weedy areas.

TOP 10 RESULTS*

RANKCOLLEGE NAMEANGLER NAME/HOMETOWNBASSWEIGHTAWARD
1stCarson-Newman University  Ben Cully, Rockwall, Texas Hayden Gaddis, Seymour, Tenn.518-0$2,000
2ndColumbia State Community CollegeHunter Jones, Mount Pleasant, Tenn. Ryan Prince, Mount Pleasant, Tenn.515-14$1,000
3rdEmmanuel CollegeCy Casey, Evans, Ga. Tanner Hadden, Evans, Ga.515-0$500
4thFlorida Gateway CollegeSeth Slanker, Lake City, Fla. Jackson Swisher, Lake City, Fla.514-14$500
5thFlorida Gateway CollegeTommy Dunaway, Havana, Fla. Seth Jones, Havana, Fla.514-8$500
6thGeorgia CollegeNoah Campbell, Madison, Ga. Troy Harris, Watkinsville, Ga.514-1 
7thUniversity of North AlabamaWalker Sahagun, Trussville, Ala. Kyle Zainitzer, Palm City, Fla.513-11 
8thUniversity of MontevalloTyler Cain, Bessemer, Ala. Cole Dodson, Gardendale, Ala.513-10 
9thUniversity of MontevalloAndrew Howell, Pisgah Forest, N.C. Tommy Sendek, Tucson, Ariz.413-9 
10thKentucky Christian UniversityLafe Messer, Warfield, Ky. Matt Messer, Warfield, Ky.513-7 

*Top 27 teams advance to the 2022 College Fishing National Championship

Complete results for the entire field can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

2021 QUALIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES

EVENTDATELOCATIONHOST
Abu Garcia College Fishing Presented by YETI National Championship Presented by LowranceMarch 29-31, 2022Fort Gibson Lake, Wagoner, Okla.Wagoner Area Chamber of Commerce


The event was the third and final qualifying tournaments for Southeastern Conference anglers.

Abu Garcia College Fishing Presented by YETI teams compete in regular-season qualifying tournaments in one of five conferences – Central, Northern, Southern, Southeastern and Western. The top ten teams from each division’s three regular-season tournaments and the top 20 teams from the annual Abu Garcia College Fishing Open advance to the following year’s Abu Garcia College Fishing Presented by YETI National Championship.

For complete details and updated information visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI on MLF’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.