The UGA team of Will Treadwell of Buford and Byron Kenney of Griffin, Ga. won the May 17 FLW College Fishing Southeastern Conference event with five bass weighing 26 pounds, 15 ounces.
“Today was so awesome,” said Kenney, who recently graduated with a degree in Agricultural Business. “We’ve had a string of bad luck our past few tournaments and we hadn’t qualified for the Invitational at Chickamauga. This was my last chance. I’m so happy that we finally broke our curse.”
According to a FLW press release, the Bulldog bass club caught between 60 and 80 fish throughout the day, with 30 of them weighing more than four pounds.
“We found our ledges earlier this week in our pre-fish period,” Kenney said in a released statement. “We caught a limit right away at our first spot today and then caught fish pretty steadily all day long. Most of our fish came on a ¾-ounce football-head jig with a Wackem Crazy Baits Tater Bug, both in green-pumpkin. We also caught some fish on a Strike King 10XD crankbait.”
Treadwell, a senior majoring in finance, said there wasn't as much boat traffic as he expected.
“We had seven or eight different areas that we fished and we rotated through each around three or four times," he noted.
"Our Lowrance electronics were pretty crucial, too,” added Kenney. “We were able to find those big schools out deep and get on the winning fish.”
The teams which advanced to the Southeastern Conference Invitational are:
1st: University of Georgia – Byron Kenney, Griffin, Ga., and Will Treadwell, Buford, Ga. (five bass, 26-15, $2,000)
2nd: University of Alabama – Logan Shaddix, Cullman, Ala., and Charles Hurst, Arley, Ala. (five bass, 26-4, $1,000)
3rd: Birmingham-Southern University – Matthew Oliver, Gardendale, Ala., and Garrett Whitworth, Huntsville, Ala. (five bass, 26-2, $500)
4th: Mississippi State University – Justin Atkins, Columbus, Miss., and Grant Galloway, Houlka, Miss. (five bass, 25-11, $500)
5th: University of South Carolina – Patrick Walters, Summerville, S.C., and Robert Brannon, Gaffney, S.C. (five bass, 25-2, $500)
6th: Auburn University – Mitchell Jennings, Auburn, Ala., and Garrett Roberts, Cullman, Ala. (five bass, 25-1)
7th: Bethel University – Cody Ross and Dewey Swims, both of Jackson, Tenn. (five bass, 24-10)
8th: Auburn University-Montgomery – Ronald Nummy, Prattville, Ala., and Tyler Strock, Slapout, Ala. (five bass, 23-3)
9th: Seminole State College – Kevin Lucas, Orlando, Fla., and Neal Combs, Osteen, Fla. (five bass, 23-1)
10th: Tennessee Tech University – Matt Allen, Cookeville, Tenn., and Zach Youngblood, Silver Point, Tenn. (five bass, 22-2)
11th: Auburn University – Ben Curry, Hayden, Ala., and Timmy Ward, Childersburg, Ala. (five bass, 21-5)
12th: North Alabama University – Cody Harrison and Wesley Anderson, both of Moscow, Tenn. (five bass, 21-0)
13th: Columbus State University – Brad Davis, Winder, Ga., and Michael Chambliss, Cataula, Ga. (five bass, 20-13)
14th: North Carolina State University – Bryce Owen, Carthage, N.C., and Dustin Millwood, Cherryville, N.C. (five bass, 19-7)
15th: Florida Gulf Coast University – Christian Smith, Coral Springs, Fla., and Hunter Bozeman, Ocala, Fla. (five bass, 18-14)
Complete results can be found at CollegeFishing.com.
The top 15 teams from each regular season tournament qualify for one of five invitational tournaments. The top 10 teams from each invitational tournament will advance to the 2015 FLW College Fishing National Championship.
The FLW College Fishing Southeastern Conference Invitational tournament is scheduled for Oct. 18-19 at Lake Chickamauga in Hixson, Tenn.
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