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*
|RANK||COLLEGE NAME||ANGLER NAME/HOMETOWN||BASS||WEIGHT||AWARD|
|1st||Carson-Newman University||Ben Cully, Rockwall, Texas Hayden Gaddis, Seymour, Tenn.||5||18-0||$2,000|
|2nd||Columbia State Community College||Hunter Jones, Mount Pleasant, Tenn. Ryan Prince, Mount Pleasant, Tenn.||5||15-14||$1,000|
|3rd||Emmanuel College||Cy Casey, Evans, Ga. Tanner Hadden, Evans, Ga.||5||15-0||$500|
|4th||Florida Gateway College||Seth Slanker, Lake City, Fla. Jackson Swisher, Lake City, Fla.||5||14-14||$500|
|5th||Florida Gateway College||Tommy Dunaway, Havana, Fla. Seth Jones, Havana, Fla.||5||14-8||$500|
|6th||Georgia College||Noah Campbell, Madison, Ga. Troy Harris, Watkinsville, Ga.||5||14-1|
|7th||University of North Alabama||Walker Sahagun, Trussville, Ala. Kyle Zainitzer, Palm City, Fla.||5||13-11|
|8th||University of Montevallo||Tyler Cain, Bessemer, Ala. Cole Dodson, Gardendale, Ala.||5||13-10|
|9th||University of Montevallo||Andrew Howell, Pisgah Forest, N.C. Tommy Sendek, Tucson, Ariz.||4||13-9|
|10th||Kentucky Christian University||Lafe Messer, Warfield, Ky. Matt Messer, Warfield, Ky.||5||13-7|
*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
|Abu Garcia College Fishing Presented by YETI National Championship Presented by Lowrance||March 29-31, 2022||Fort 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.
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