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AUM Wins National Championship Title

AUM Wins National Championship Title Winning the title in the Bassmaster College Series National Championship tournament on Georgia’s Lake Chatuge, Auburn University at Montgomery’s Tom Frink gets to go out on top
 

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. — Winning the title in the Bassmaster College Series National Championship tournament on Georgia’s Lake Chatuge, Auburn University at Montgomery’s Tom Frink gets to go out on top, and Jacob Nummy gets to see his creation rise to the highest possible high. AUM tallied a three-day total of 43-3, winning by 6-11.
 
Four years ago, Nummy started the AUM Anglers club with the hopes of one day bringing recognition to the school’s fishing team, and today AUM is king of the college heap.
 
If the pair hadn’t won, this would have been Frink’s final tournament as a collegiate angler, but now AUM has earned an invitation to the Carhartt Bassmaster College Bracket Championship set to be held this September. One angler from the Top 4 teams in that tournament will earn a berth in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic.
 
“I don’t really have words for how this feels right now. There are a lot of good fishermen here, and I feel for them because I know how it feels to lose,” Nummy said. “We had some key bites and things go right that second day, but none of this would have been possible without the good Lord. This is going to do wonders for our program and recruiting.”
 
“The immense highs and lows are what make this sport what it is: amazing,” Frink said. “I feel speechless as to how to describe the feeling, but I don’t think it’s sunk in yet, either. We’ve been so close in so many tournaments, but to finally pull it off and win is amazing.”
 
Frink said a rough first day set them on the right course.
 
“That first day is what saved us,” he explained. “Things didn’t go how we thought they would, and we learned that we had to hunker down and throw the rat. I have to give Jacob a lot of credit, too, for having the discipline not to get up front and have us be shoulder to shoulder because those fish are so spooky. To have two guys up there would have scared off more fish. You also need a lot of room to sling it.”
           
Both Nummy and Frink admitted that today presented them with the toughest fishing conditions they’d seen yet. Their El Raton rat wakebait produced a single fish, but it was a 5-6, the biggest bass of the day.
           
“The rat produced one today, and it was our biggest, and I felt like that one would give us the win or put us close,” Nummy said. “Big fish are so rare and so special.”
           
“I went home to California before this tournament and found a couple baits that I wanted to throw, and that was one of them,” Frink said. “I didn’t throw it much in practice because I didn’t want the fish to see it too much or for it to get damaged.”
           
Frink used the El Raton mostly on main-lake laydowns and shallow clay or rock banks where largemouth were loitering. Four hours into the day, the duo had just one fish in the livewell, so they began to scramble in order to eke out a limit, which proved necessary for their win. They hit docks and marinas with drop shot rigs to add four more fish to their livewell.
           
Local favorites Matthew Peeler and Brad Rutherford of Young Harris College took the runner-up spot and will also compete in the Carhartt Bassmaster College Bracket Championship later this year. They had 36-8 over three days.
           
In third place is the team of Jordan Lee and Shane Powell of Auburn University, who wound up with 35-15. The final team to earn a berth in the Bracket Championship is that of Nick Barr and Jarred Walker of Eastern Washington University with 34-8. Auburn’s Matt Lee and Chris Seals were the team that finished fifth today with 32-7 and did not qualify for the Classic bracket event.
           
Winners of the $500 Carhartt Big Bass are Florida State’s Charles Fee and Cody Spears for the 5-15, weighed in on Day 1. The $250 Bass Pro Shops/Nitro Boats Big Bag goes to Tom Frink and Jacob Nummy for their 20-15 sack, weighed in on Day 2. The Yamaha Hat Bonus goes to Frink and Nummy, as well, for wearing a Yamaha hat across the stage on Day 3. The highest-finishing team each day earned $500 daily, hence AUM’s $1,000 prize. Young Harris’ Peeler and Rutherford won $500 on Day 1.
 
Winning the tournament’s Livingston Lures Leader award of $500 in Livingston Lures products for being in the lead on Day 2 were the AUM champs, Frink and Nummy.
           
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.
 
2013 Bassmaster College Series Title Sponsor: Carhartt
 
2013 Bassmaster College Series Official Sponsors: Toyota, Bass Pro Shops, Berkley, Humminbird, Koppers LIVETARGET, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Skeeter Boats, Triton Boats, Quantum, Yamaha
 
2013 Bassmaster College Series Supporting Partners: Diet Mountain Dew, Livingston Lures, Lowrance, Luck-E-Strike, Power-Pole, Shimano
 
2013 Bassmaster College Series Proud Partner: Mustang Survival
 
 
Bassmaster College Series National Championship
8/1/2013 - 8/3/2013
 
Chatuge Reservoir - The Ridges Marina - Young Harris, GA
STANDINGS  BOATER DAY   3
 
Today's Activity     Accumulative
Name # Fish     # Live     Lbs - Oz   # Fish     # Live     Lbs - Oz
 
1    Jacob Nummy - Tom Frink    AUM  5    5    12- 0 15   15   43- 3
2    Brad Rutherford - Matthew Peeler     Young Harris College 5    5    12- 9 15     15   36- 8
3    Jordan Lee - Shane Powell  Auburn University    5    2    7-14 15   12   35-15
4    Nick Barr - Jarred Walker  Eastern Washington University   5    5    9- 4 14     14   34- 8
5    Matt Lee - Chris Seals     Auburn University    5    4    9- 9 15   14   32- 7
6    Jacob Hardy - Jake Lawrence     Bethel University                    10   9     22-11
7    Andrew Nutt - Zachary Wiggers   University of North Alabama                     10   10   22- 5
8    Tanner Parker - Trent Palmer    Georgia Southern University                     10   9    22- 1
9    Carson Rejzer - Chris Carwile   Virginia Tech                   10   10   21-11
10   Byron Kenney - Brian Rosso University of Georgia                10   10   20-12
11   Seth Hausman - Weston Brierley  Utah Valley University                    10     10   20-10
12   Zach Parker - Matt Roberts Bethel University                    10   10   20-10
13   Shane Lehew - Eric Self    UNC Charlotte                   10   9    20- 1
14   Justin Atkins - Lowell Gann     Mississippi State University                    9    8    19-15
15   Logan Shaddix - Ethan Flack     Wallace State CC Hanceville                     7    7    19- 8
16   Zach MacDonald - Ryan Sparks    Oregon State University                   10     10   19- 2
17   Dawson Lenz - Evan Horne   University of North Alabama                     10     10   19- 0
18   Ben Zuk - Ethan Dhuyvetter Kansas State University                   9    9     18-14
19   Alex Pisarski - Justin Gangel   Cal State Long Beach                 8    8     18-12
20   Jody White - Sean Snow     Virginia Tech                   10   10   18- 5
21   Cody Ross - Dewey Swims    Bethel University                    9    6    17-10
22   Blake Deron - Brett Preuett     La Monroe                 10   10   17- 8
23   Justin Graben - Vincent Campisano    Murray State                    9    9     17- 1
24   Kyle Raymer - John Smith   Eastern Kentucky University                     8     8    17- 0
25   Drew Long - Cody Garrison  Mississippi State University                    9     9    17- 0
26   Zachary Blalock - Kyle Albers   East Carolina                   10   10   16-13
27   Justin Darley - Casey O'Donnell UCF                  9    9    16- 1
28   William Shipes - Alan Horwatt   Clemson University                   10   9     15-11
29   Nick LaDart - Brian Eaton  La Monroe                 6    5    15- 9
30   Nathan Cathcart - Jake Jacobs   Arkansas Tech University                  6     6    15- 2
31   Sam Starr - Alex Fulkerson Kansas State University                   7    7     14-12
32   Travis Wilson - Brian Lafferty  Western Illinois University                     8    8    14- 7
33   Mike Huff - Nick Huff Georgetown College                   8    8    14- 3
34   Tanner Cooper - Memo Nunez New Mexico State University                     8     8    13-11
35   Nick Carter - Leo Dedering UW - Stevens Point                   7    7    13- 0
36   Kevin Lucas - Neal Combs   Seminole State College                    6    5     12-10
37   Jackson Grabeel - Joseph Reilly Western Illinois University                     7    7    12- 9
38   Colt Farris - Hunter Randolph   Tarleton State University                 7     7    12- 4
39   Bo Harkins - Michael Braswell   Chico State                     7    7    12- 3
40   Benjamin Freeman - Dillon McGee Bethel University                    6    6     11-14
41   Cody Griffey - Joe Wilkerson    Christopher Newport University                  5    4    11-12
42   Toney Lewis - Scott Sullivan    Central Missouri                     7    7     11-12
43   Tyler Faggart - Tyler Mayhew    NC State                  7    7    11- 9
44   Andrew Loberg - Brandon Walker  Chico State                     6    6    11- 6
45   Kyle Price - Jeremy Bedford     New Mexico State University                     6    6    10-15
46   Joseph Fuller - Joe Handley     University of Montevallo                  7     5    10-12
47   Myles Palmer - Dalton Wilson    Bethel University                    5    5     10-10
48   Nicholas DiCamillo - Jesse Wilkinson New Mexico State University                    5    4    10-10
49   John Hunter - Vincent Timperio  Georgetown College                   7    7     10- 2
50   Kyle Gates - Daniel Butler St Ambrose University                5    5    10- 2
51   Paul Muzljakovich - Landon Dixon     University of Oklahoma                    6    6    10- 2
52   Nathan Martin - Robb Young University of North Alabama                     5     5    9- 9
53   Luis Manuel Navarro Arizpe - Mario Patino Ruz   Monterrey Institute of Technology                5    5    9- 6
54   Cody Spears - Charles Fee  FSU                  3    3    9- 5
55   Cody Garrett - Colton Cavazos   Texas A&M - Kingsville                    5     4    9- 3
56   Ronnie Moore - TJ Chafatelli    East Carolina                   4    4    8- 2
57   Cody Hahner - Stephen Maliborski     UW - Stevens Point                   4     4    7-14
58   Kenny Johnson - Brandon Larry   University of West Georgia                4     4    7-12
59   Thomas Oltorik III - Scott Heaberlin Daytona State College                4     4    7- 0
60   Jesse Scarafiotti - Tyler Scarafiotti New Mexico State University                    3    3    6-14
61   Marshall Sandretto - Eric Logisz     Milwaukee School of Engineering                4    3    5-13
62   Coleman Crook - Joel Gray  Texas Tech                4    4    5-12
63   John Zeolla - Kyle Greenlaw     Cal Poly State University                 3     3    3-15
64   Sean Gillenwater - Josh Collier Indiana University                   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
3    Jacob Nummy     Prattville, AL  5- 63 25   21   51- 4 5
 

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