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AUM Team Leads Bassmaster College Championship on Lake Chatuge

 

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. — Tom Frink has got a secret, and he unleashed it on the field at the Bassmaster College Series National Championship today en route to amassing an eye-popping 20-pound, 15-ounce five-fish limit with partner Jacob Nummy. His secret is in the form of the bait, and he might be the only angler in north Georgia who has one.
 
Frink kept his secret lure close to his vest, but will reveal it after the conclusion of the event tomorrow, after the Top 5 teams have weighed in. Frink and Nummy, both seniors at Auburn University at Montgomery, currently are enjoying a 3-pound, 2-ounce lead with a two-day total of 31-3.
 
The pair started with an early flurry of spotted bass caught on drop shot rigs, but each fish they put in the well was a candidate for culling, as Frink and Nummy saw it. They hadn’t let their secret bait out yet.
 
 “It was nice having some OK spots first thing, but they weren’t anything that would help us get into the Top 5,” Frink said. “It helped us to get comfortable, but then we went fishing for largemouth, and it became a bit of a grind in the afternoon.”
 
Frink’s bait was so much the key to their day that Nummy flipped to downed trees from the back of the boat as the pair passed them, allowing Frink room to sling his bait.
 
 “It was mainly me getting out of his way so he could put that bait in the right spot,” Nummy said. “I think me just hanging back and letting him do his thing with that bait is what helped us a lot.”
 
With conditions changing as fast as they did today, the duo feels like they may have to learn Chatuge all over again tomorrow. Seldom have the days been the same on Chatuge since they began practice seven days ago.
 
“I’d like to say tomorrow that we can do it again, but on this lake there really aren’t any givens. You’ve got to go out there and start casting to get a feel for what’s going on,” Frink said. “It could be big largemouth again, or it could be spots.”
 
“We’ve got a bunch of holes to hit, but if the heads (big largemouth) aren’t there, that might be a problem. To win it, we’re gonna need heads,” Nummy said.
 
Surging into second place after Day 2 is the Auburn team of Jordan Lee and Shane Powell. They sacked 14-12 today for a total of 28-1.
 
“We struggled early on in the day, but the afternoon bite turned on for us,” Lee said.
 
Powell said that timing was key for them.
 
“We went back to two or three of our best spots and started catching them,” Powell said. “We had hit them two or three times earlier in the day, and they weren’t there, but at the end of the day they started biting for whatever reason. Then, at our very last stop, they started schooling right at the boat, and we caught two more doing that. That last hour the whole lake turned on, and we culled three or four of our fish.
           
“It’d be awesome to make it to that bracket (to determine which collegiate angler will fish in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic) because I’m with (2013 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series champion) Matt (Lee) a lot, and I’ve seen what it’s done for him and his family. We’re pretty excited to have this chance.”
           
In third place are Day 1 leaders Nick Barr and Jarred Walker of Eastern Washington University, who only managed 6-0 today, but had staying power thanks to the strength of their Day 1 bag of 19-4. The pair had to contend with increased boat traffic due to their success. Plenty of anglers saw where Barr and Walker were fishing and used the same spots today.
           
“We went to hit our first spot, and there was a boat on it. There were boats on our five best spots today when we got there,” Barr said. “These fish are smart. If you’re not the first boat there to drop on ’em, you won’t get bit. We watched big fish all day just sit there and ignore our bait.”
           
In fourth place are the local favorites of Brad Peeler and Matthew Rutherford of Young Harris College with 23-15, and in fifth place is the other Auburn University team, made up of Matt Lee and Chris Seals with 22-14.
           
Only these Top 5 teams will compete tomorrow to determine which Top 4 teams will go on to the Carhartt Bassmaster College Bracket Championship, where the winner will earn a berth in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic set to be held next February on Alabama’s Lake Guntersville.
           
The Big Bass honors still lie with Florida State University’s Cody Spears and Charles Fee for their 5-13 caught yesterday.
 
Winning the tournament’s Livingston Lures Leader award of $500 in Livingston Lures products for being in the lead on Day 2 are Frink and Nummy of AUM.
           
Anglers will launch Saturday at 6:30 a.m. ET at The Ridges Marina, 3499 U.S. Hwy 76, Hiawassee, Ga. The weigh-in for the final day of competition will be held at 3 p.m. at Young Harris College, 1 College St., Young Harris, Ga.
 
TV coverage of the Championship will air in August on ESPNU in two parts. The first will be Sunday, Aug. 11, noon to 1 p.m. ET. The second part will air Sunday, Aug. 18 in the same time slot. They will be preceded by an Aug. 4 show from noon to 1 p.m. ET that recaps how the anglers qualified for the Championship through the five Regional Conference events.
 
Bassmaster College Series National Championship
8/1/2013 - 8/3/2013
 
Chatuge Reservoir - The Ridges Marina - Young Harris, GA        
STANDINGS  BOATER DAY   2
 
Today's Activity  Accumulative
Name  # Fish      # Live      Lbs - Oz    # Fish      # Live      Lbs - Oz
 
1     Jacob Nummy - Tom Frink AUM   5     5     20-15 10    10    31- 3
2     Jordan Lee - Shane Powell     Auburn University 5     5     14-12 10    10    28- 1
3     Nick Barr - Jarred Walker     Eastern Washington University 4     4     6- 0  9     9      25- 4
4     Brad Rutherford - Matthew Peeler    Young Harris College    5     5     10- 4 10    10      23-15
5     Matt Lee - Chris Seals  Auburn University 5     5     10-12 10    10    22-14
6     Jacob Hardy - Jake Lawrence   Bethel University 5     4     11- 3 10    9     22-11
7     Andrew Nutt - Zachary Wiggers University of North Alabama   5     5     9- 9  10    10      22- 5
8     Tanner Parker - Trent Palmer  Georgia Southern University   5     5     10- 3 10    9      22- 1
9     Carson Rejzer - Chris Carwile Virginia Tech     5     5     12- 5 10    10    21-11
10    Byron Kenney - Brian Rosso    University of Georgia   5     5     8- 0  10    10    20-12
11    Seth Hausman - Weston Brierley      Utah Valley University  5     5     7-10  10    10      20-10
12    Zach Parker - Matt Roberts    Bethel University 5     5     8-13  10    10    20-10
13    Shane Lehew - Eric Self UNC Charlotte     5     4     11- 5 10    9     20- 1
14    Justin Atkins - Lowell Gann   Mississippi State University  4     3     10-12 9     8      19-15
15    Logan Shaddix - Ethan Flack   Wallace State CC Hanceville   2     2     6-12  7     7      19- 8
16    Zach MacDonald - Ryan Sparks  Oregon State University 5     5     10- 7 10    10    19- 2
17    Dawson Lenz - Evan Horne      University of North Alabama   5     5     9-12  10    10      19- 0
18    Ben Zuk - Ethan Dhuyvetter    Kansas State University 5     5     10-11 9     9     18-14
19    Alex Pisarski - Justin Gangel Cal State Long Beach    3     3     5- 6  8     8     18-12
20    Jody White - Sean Snow  Virginia Tech     5     5     8- 9  10    10    18- 5
21    Cody Ross - Dewey Swims Bethel University 4     4     8- 4  9     6     17-10
22    Blake Deron - Brett Preuett   La Monroe   5     5     8- 4  10    10    17- 8
23    Justin Graben - Vincent Campisano   Murray State      4     4     10- 6 9     9     17- 1
24    Kyle Raymer - John Smith      Eastern Kentucky University   4     4     9- 6  8     8      17- 0
25    Drew Long - Cody Garrison     Mississippi State University  4     4     8-10  9     9      17- 0
26    Zachary Blalock - Kyle Albers East Carolina     5     5     8- 2  10    10    16-13
27    Justin Darley - Casey O'Donnell     UCF   4     4     7- 3  9     9     16- 1
28    William Shipes - Alan Horwatt Clemson University      5     4     7- 6  10    9     15-11
29    Nick LaDart - Brian Eaton     La Monroe   1     1     1-11  6     5     15- 9
30    Nathan Cathcart - Jake Jacobs Arkansas Tech University      4     4     9- 6  6     6      15- 2
31    Sam Starr - Alex Fulkerson    Kansas State University 2     2     3- 0  7     7     14-12
32    Travis Wilson - Brian Lafferty      Western Illinois University   5     5     9-12  8      8     14- 7
33    Mike Huff - Nick Huff   Georgetown College      4     4     7- 3  8     8     14- 3
34    Tanner Cooper - Memo Nunez    New Mexico State University   3     3     5- 2  8     8      13-11
35    Nick Carter - Leo Dedering    UW - Stevens Point      2     2     4-13  7     7     13- 0
36    Kevin Lucas - Neal Combs      Seminole State College  5     5     11-10 6     5     12-10
37    Jackson Grabeel - Joseph Reilly     Western Illinois University   2     2     2-15  7      7     12- 9
38    Colt Farris - Hunter Randolph Tarleton State University     2     2     3- 3  7     7      12- 4
39    Bo Harkins - Michael Braswell Chico State 3     3     3-10  7     7     12- 3
40    Benjamin Freeman - Dillon McGee     Bethel University 4     4     9- 1  6     6     11-14
41    Cody Griffey - Joe Wilkerson  Christopher Newport University      0     0     0- 0  5      4     11-12
42    Toney Lewis - Scott Sullivan  Central Missouri  3     3     4-15  7     7     11-12
43    Tyler Faggart - Tyler Mayhew  NC State    5     5     7-11  7     7     11- 9
44    Andrew Loberg - Brandon Walker      Chico State 1     1     1- 7  6     6     11- 6
45    Kyle Price - Jeremy Bedford   New Mexico State University   4     4     6-14  6     6      10-15
46    Joseph Fuller - Joe Handley   University of Montevallo      5     4     7- 1  7     5      10-12
47    Myles Palmer - Dalton Wilson  Bethel University 5     5     10-10 5     5     10-10
48    Nicholas DiCamillo - Jesse Wilkinson      New Mexico State University   0     0     0- 0     5     4     10-10
49    John Hunter - Vincent Timperio      Georgetown College      5     5     7- 9  7     7      10- 2
50    Kyle Gates - Daniel Butler    St Ambrose University   4     4     6-11  5     5     10- 2
51    Paul Muzljakovich - Landon Dixon    University of Oklahoma  3     3     4- 3  6     6      10- 2
52    Nathan Martin - Robb Young    University of North Alabama   4     4     7-13  5     5      9- 9
53    Luis Manuel Navarro Arizpe - Mario Patino Ruz   Monterrey Institute of Technology   2      2     3-15  5     5     9- 6
54    Cody Spears - Charles Fee     FSU   0     0     0- 0  3     3     9- 5
55    Cody Garrett - Colton Cavazos Texas A&M - Kingsville  4     4     6- 0  5     4     9- 3
56    Ronnie Moore - TJ Chafatelli  East Carolina     1     1     1-10  4     4     8- 2
57    Cody Hahner - Stephen Maliborski    UW - Stevens Point      0     0     0- 0  4     4      7-14
58    Kenny Johnson - Brandon Larry University of West Georgia    1     1     1- 3  4     4      7-12
59    Thomas Oltorik III - Scott Heaberlin      Daytona State College   1     1     1-11  4      4     7- 0
60    Jesse Scarafiotti - Tyler Scarafiotti     New Mexico State University   3     3     6-14    3     3     6-14
61    Marshall Sandretto - Eric Logisz    Milwaukee School of Engineering     1     1     1-13    4     3     5-13
62    Coleman Crook - Joel Gray     Texas Tech  0     0     0- 0  4     4     5-12
63    John Zeolla - Kyle Greenlaw   Cal Poly State University     1     1     1- 1  3     3      3-15
64    Sean Gillenwater - Josh Collier     Indiana University      0     0     0- 0  1     1      1- 9
 
BIG BASSTOTALS
Day   Name  City,State  Lbs-OzDay   # Fish      # Live      Lbs-Oz      # Limits
1     Cody Spears Tallahassee, FL   5-151 246   235   512- 8      35
2     Jacob Nummy Prattville, AL    5- 92 218   213   432- 0      25
 
 

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