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Bethel Wins Bassmaster College Series on the Harris Chain

Bethel Wins Bassmaster College Series on the Harris Chain Bethel University’s team of Zach Parker and Matthew Roberts brought in another huge limit of bass on the second and final day of competition to win the Bassmaster College Series Southern Regional bass tournament on the Harris Chain.
 

TAVARES, Fla. — Bethel University’s team of Zach Parker and Matthew Roberts brought in another huge limit of bass on the second and final day of competition to win the Bassmaster College Series Southern Regional bass tournament on the Harris Chain.  
 
The teammates weighed five bass totaling 25 pounds, 1 ounce, giving them a 9-pound, 9-ounce margin of victory. It was a record-setting performance. Bringing in the two heaviest bags of the event, Bethel set the all-time one-day and two-day heavyweight records at 29-2 and 54-3 for the Bassmaster College Series. Their Day 1 big bass, weighing 9 pounds, 11 ounces, briefly held the All-Time Big Bass record until it was broken by a 10-7 largemouth caught by Cody Spears of Florida State University on Day 2. Spears claimed the event’s Carhartt Big Bass honors for his trophy bass.
 
The Southern Regional on Harris Chain was earmarked as the tournament where records would be broken. The Harris Chain and the 79-boat field did not disappoint. Parker’s and Roberts’ 29-2 catch on Day 1 was the heaviest of the event. It earned them the award of the Big Bag for the tournament.
 
The duo started the final round precisely where they left off on Day 1 — fishing the same grassline where they had caught their entire first-day catch. Almost immediately, they started extracting big fish after big fish from the grass.
 
“The fish were still in the exact same spot,” said Roberts.
 
The “spot” consisted of a ridge bordering a shallow flat with vegetation all over it. The team members worked their way up and down the ridge, casting lipless crankbaits onto the flat and ripping them through the grass.
 
“Fish were moving on and off of that flat all day,” said Parker.
 
A sharp cold front that moved through central Florida on Friday set Bethel up for the victory. With falling water temperatures, bass that had been in the shallows fled to the nearest deep water they could find. The ridge the Bethel team had found proved to be a textbook staging ground.
 
“The cold front brought the fish out of shallow water and pushed them out on that drop,” said Parker. “I think the cold weather actually helped us out.”
 
Taking advantage of the cold front secured most of the Top 13 teams their spots in the 2013 National Championship. Teams had to finish in the Top 13 to advance. A handful of them managed to do so by sight fishing for spawning bass, but the majority of the qualifiers targeted prespawn bass with lipless crankbaits.
 
With nearly a 10-pound margin of victory, you wouldn’t expect the winning team to have a “one-that-got away” story, but Roberts stubbed his toe on the fish of a lifetime on Day 2.
 
“It happened on his second to last cast,” Parker said. “The one that got away was bigger than that 9-11 he had on the first day.”
 
Parker estimated the fish was in the 12-plus-pound range.
 
“I’ve never seen a fish that big in person in my life,” Roberts said. “It was sickening, but at the same time we had a great week.”
 
The two college anglers admitted they never reached a point in the day where they thought they had the win secured.
 
“I never thought it was over,” Parker said. “We fished that spot hard until we had about an hour and 10 minutes left. We knew that somebody could bust a 30-pound bag out here.”
 
Daytona State College’s Thomas Oltorik III and Scott Heaberlin finished second with an impressive two-day total of 44-10, and another Bethel University team, Myles Palmer and Dalton Wilson, caught 36-14 for third.
 
 
Carhartt Bassmaster College Series
1/4/2013 - 1/5/2013
Harris Chain Of Lakes - Wooten Park - Tavares, FL
STANDINGS  BOATER DAY   2
 
Today's Activity                 Accumulative
      Name                                                         # Fish     # Live    Lbs - Oz    # Fish    # Live   Lbs - Oz
                                                                    
    Zach Parker - Matthew Roberts         Bethel University            5         5       25- 1        10        10       54- 3
    Thomas Oltorik III - Scott Heaberlin  Daytona State College        5         5       23- 3        10        10       44-10
    Myles Palmer - Dalton Wilson          Bethel University            5         5       15-14        10        10       36-14
    Cody Spears - Charles Fee             FSU                          3         3       13- 1         8        8        33- 2
    Justin Darley - Casey O'Donnell       UCF                          5         5       19- 0         9        9        32-15
    Jacob Nummy - Tom Frink               AUM                          4         4       13- 3         9        9        32- 9
    Matt Lee - Chris Seals                Auburn University            5         5       9-10         10        10       30-12
    Cody Ross - Dewey Swims               Bethel University            5         5       17-12        10        10       29-11
    Kevin Lucas - Neal Combs              Seminole State College       5         5       15- 3        10        10       27- 7
    Kenny Johnson - Brandon Larry         University of West Georgi    5         5       18- 7         9        9        27- 0
    Joseph Fuller - Joe Handley           University of Montevallo     5         5       15-11        10        10       26-12
    Justin Atkins - Lowell Gann           Mississippi State Univers    5         5       16- 2        10        10       26- 3
    Dawson Lenz - Evan Horne              University of North Alaba    5         5       13- 2        10        10       23-10
    Kyle Smith - Shelby Concon            Florida                      5         5       10-10        10        10       23-10
    Hunter Bozeman - Jon Frey             Florida Gulf Coast Univer    5         5       11- 9        10        10       23- 9
    Briggs Defoor - Brandon Worthey       Auburn University            5         5       8-12         10        10       23- 8
    Ben Curry - Blake Evans               Auburn University            5         5       10- 0         9        9        22-15
    Brad Rutherford - Matthew Peeler      Young Harris College         5         5       12- 3        10        10       22- 9
    Jordan Lee - Shane Powell             Auburn University            5         5       12- 2        10        10       21-12
    Charlie Hurst - Frankie Appaluccio    University of Alabama        5         5       14- 9        10        10       20- 5
    Dillon McGee - Tanner Ellis           Bethel University            5         5       12- 5        10        10       20- 5
    Nicholas Harris - Zachary Gilmore     FSU                          5         5       8- 0         10        10       20- 2
    Jordan Burdette - Adam Wozek          University of Tennessee      5         5       8- 4         10        10       20- 2
    Garrett Roberts - Adrian Estrada      Auburn University            3         3       9- 8          8        8        19-15
    Matt Lipscomb - Ben Stewart           UAB                          3         3       7- 2          8        8        19- 0
    Kyle Parks - Justin Baker             Darton State                 5         5       8-12         10        10       18- 9
    Bart Brimball - Connor Bedsole        Troy University              4         4       5-10          6        6        18- 5
    Will Davis - Benjamin Freeman         Bethel University            5         5       9-13         10        10       17-12
    Jake Lawrence - Jacob Hardy           Bethel University            5         5       11- 8         8        8        17- 8
    Tanner Parker - Trent Palmer          Georgia Southern Universi    2         2       6- 7          7        7        17- 4
    Jacob Fine - Timothy Ward             Auburn University            2         2       5- 1          7        7        17- 0
    Jessy Meherg - Austin Keeton          JC Calhoun Comm College      5         5       13-13         8        8        16-13
    Lee Boyd - Ryan Wakenigg              Columbus State               4         4       8-10          9        9        16- 1
    Logan Marston - Ethan Wages           University of South Alaba    3         3       7- 3          8        8        16- 0
    Alex Derry - Cody Johnston            UT Martin                    5         5       9- 6          9        9        15-14
    Shane Fussell - Stephen Carlisle      Florida                      4         4       6- 5          8        8        15- 3
    Furman Thompson - Grayson Payne       Young Harris College         5         5       7- 2         10        10       14-14
    Shane Jewell - Matthew Thomas         University of North Alaba    0         0       0- 0          4        4        13- 7
    Trey Clayton - Evan Reid              Auburn University            3         3       4- 3          8        8        13- 1
    Wesley Steinmeyer - Ryan Davis        Augusta State                5         5       12- 0         6        6        12-14
    Justin Mahon - Jason Mahon            FSU                          5         5       8- 0          9        9        12-14
    Kyle Kirkland - Hunter Coppolino      ABAC                         4         4       4- 4          9        9        12-10
    Daniel Hughes - Mike Kirby            Augusta State                2         2       2- 9          7        7        11-15
    Nathan Martin - Robb Young            University of North Alaba    5         5       6-12          9        9        11-15
    Justin Marlow - Taylor Thompson       Kennesaw State University    0         0       0- 0          5        5        11-11
    Nelson Madruga - Bryan Rudd           Seminole State College       2         2       3- 4          6        6        11-10
    Kohl Lester - Michael McDermott       Kennesaw State               3         3       6-10          5        5        11- 7
    Cody Kennedy - David Locke            JC Calhoun Comm College      5         5       9- 7          6        6        11- 5
    Murphy Klumpp - Alex Tobon            University of South Alaba    3         3       6- 5          6        6        11- 2
    Jake Gipson -                         University of Alabama        2         2       1-10          7        7        11- 0
    Brandon Easterling - Daniel Perry     University of Montevallo     4         4       5-14          6        6        10-12
    Corey Pierce - Daniel Green           AUM                          0         0       0- 0          5        5        10- 7
    John Davis - Justin Beckman           University of Alabama        0         0       0- 0          5        5         9-12
    Tyler Strock - Dalton Darnell         AUM                          0         0       0- 0          5        5         9- 2
    Brent White -                         Tennessee Tech               3         3       3- 5          7        7         9- 2
    Charles Conger - Austin Barclay       ABAC                         4         4       7-12          5        5         8-13
    Hunter Shults - John Svancarek        University of Tennessee      2         2       4- 0          5        5         8-10
    Travis Johns - Marc Vihnunek          University of South Alaba    3         3       2- 7          6        6         8- 3
    Dalton Anderson - Jonathan Rotureau   Georgia Southern             4         4       5- 2          7        7         8- 3
    Mark Gipson - Robert West             Florida                      2         2       2-11          5        5         8- 0
    Byron Kenney - Brian Rosso            University of Georgia        0         0       0- 0          3        3         7- 4
    Matthew Palmer - Randall Morris       Bethel University            0         0       0- 0          2        2         6-10
    Shane Howington - Chesley Heatherly   Mississippi State Univers    0         0       0- 0          4        4         5- 6
    Wes Grammer - Tyler Stephens          University of Alabama        0         0       0- 0          2        2         3- 0
    Gregory Childers - Austin King        Kennesaw State               0         0       0- 0          2        2         2- 6
    Scotty Cain - Auston Wingard          UAB                          0         0       0- 0          1        1         2- 4
   Garrett Partridge - Mic Miller        Columbus State               0         0       0- 0          1        1         1- 8
    Layton Jones - Dean Mullett           Georgia Southern Universi    0         0       0- 0          1        1         1- 6
    Brian Ellsworth - Taylor Lawrence     Kennesaw State               0         0       0- 0          1        1         0-13
    Brooks Woodward - Robert Torres       FSU                          0         0       0- 0          1        1         0- 6
    Philippe Brown -                      AUM                          0         0       0- 0          0        0         0- 0
    Grant Carter - Brad Davis             Columbus State University    0         0       0- 0          0        0         0- 0
    Tommy Edwards - Curtis Miller         Florida Gulf Coast Univer    0         0       0- 0          0        0         0- 0
    Shane Hefner - Kyle Miller            Florida                      0         0       0- 0          0        0         0- 0
    Keith Kirkley - Logan Johnson         University of Alabama        0         0       0- 0          0        0         0- 0
    Drew Long - Cody Garrison             Mississippi State Univers    0         0       0- 0          0        0         0- 0
    Lee Martin - Chase Coker              Darton State College         0         0       0- 0          0        0         0- 0
    Chandler Ray - Carson Ray             Georgia Southwestern Stat    0         0       0- 0          0        0         0- 0
    Will Ruark - Harrison Dunahoo         University of North Georg    0         0       0- 0          0        0         0- 0
                      BIG BASS                                                         TOTALS
  Day   Name                City,State         Lbs-Oz            Day      # Fish       # Live     Lbs-Oz           # Limits
     1  Zach Parker         McKenzie, TN            9-11         1          273         273          627- 7           37
     2  Cody Spears         Tallahassee, FL        10- 7         2          228         228          536- 2           31
 
 

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