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University of Oklahoma, West Alabama Tie in Bassmaster College Classic

by: Cara Clark, B.A.S.S.

The team of Landon Dixon and Caleb Masters of the University of Oklahoma and the team of Andrew Warbington and James Brumbelow of the University of West Alabama each brought in 16 pounds for the tie.
Photo by Chris Mitchell/Bassmaster
(Feb. 24, 2014 - BIRMINGHAM, AL.)

In the first-ever winner's tie of the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series, the University of Oklahoma's Caleb Masters and Landon Dixon and University of West Alabama's James Brumbelow and Andrew Warbington shared the trophy. Each team brought 16 pounds to the scales.

On Alabama's Lay Lake in Sunday's fifth annual College Classic, the Oklahoma team spent most of the day in Spring Creek. Dixon said that the seasonal prespawn movement positioned fish in predictable locations, so he and Masters fished on instinct.

We caught fish on a lot of stuff where I didn't get a bite in practice, but it was one of those deals where it just looked right," Dixon said. "It was just time for them to be there."

Targeting riprap banks in 6 to 8 feet of water, the Oklahoma anglers caught fish on jigs, shaky heads and crankbaits, but the latter proved most productive. The Bomber Model 7A crankbait and Norman Deep Little N, both in the red craw color, produced most of their bites.

Masters said that most of his team's bass came before 10:30 a.m. Brumbelow and Warbington caught their fish in Paint Creek and in pockets off the main lake. They targeted sloping banks and caught their fish on Strike King 1.5 squarebill crankbaits in about 1 to 3 feet deep. They caught fish all day, but Brumbelow said morning was the most productive time for the team.

Warbington said his team got only six bites, but they were able to boat each fish.

"We loosened our drags when we were fighting each fish so we didn't put too much pressure on them and pull the hooks," he said. Als

o competing were: Trey Clayton and Timothy Ward of Auburn University, Jacob Nummy and Corey Pierce of Auburn University at Montgomery, Nic Davis and Cody Kennedy of Calhoun Community College, Nathan George and Josh Oliver of Gadsden Community College, Jakarvis Houston and Colby Smith of Jacksonville State, Alex Clayton and Trey O'Daniel of Northeast Alabama Community College, Charlie Hurst and Keith Kirkley of the University of Alabama, Wesley Anderson and Cody Harrison of the University of North Alabama, Jennings Earnest and Ethan Wages of the University of South Alabama and Ethan Flack and J.R. Sapp of Wallace State Community College ? Hanceville, Auston Wingard and Wesley Minor of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Joseph Fuller and Travis King of the University of Montevallo.

College competitors took off at 6:10 a.m. from Beeswax State Park landing in Columbiana, Ala., and weighed in at 3:45 p.m. at the BJCC Arena in Birmingham prior to the final weigh-in of the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by Diet Mountain Dew and GoPro.

Teams competed for bragging rights and a berth in the sixth annual Carhartt Bassmaster College Classic next year in Greenville, S.C. The University of Oklahoma and University of West Alabama each earned a spot in that event.

"Education is very important, and for these college anglers to be at the Bassmaster Classic, they get to see what it's like to be a professional angler," said Hank Weldon, B.A.S.S.'s manager for high school, college and youth programs. "That's helping shape them if they want to make the next step in their fishing careers, or it could potentially help them land a job in the future. So this is giving them an all-around education on this business of bass fishing."

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B.A.S.S. College Classic- 2/23/2014
Lay Lake - Beeswax State Park - Birmingham, Ala.

Standings Boater

PL Name School #Fish #Live Lbs-Oz
1 Landon Dixon/Caleb Masters Univ. of Oklahoma 5 5 16-0
1 Andrew Warbington/James Brumbelow Univ. of West Ala. 5 5 16-0
3 Keith Kirkley/Charlie Hurst Univ. of Ala. 5 5 13-3
4 Ethan Wages/Jennings Earnest Univ. of South Ala. 4 4 10-12
5 Colby Smith/Jakarvis Houston Jacksonville State 3 3 9-10
5 Alex Clayton/Trey O'Daniel Northeast Ala. CC 3 3 9-10
7 Cody Kennedy/Nic Davis Calhoun CC 3 3 9-5
8 Joseph Fuller/Travis King Univ. of Montevallo 4 4 9-0
9 Wesley Anderson/Cody Harrison Univ. of N. Ala. 2 2 8-6
10 Jacob Nummy/Corey Pierce Auburn Univ. Montogmery 3 3 6-5
11 Ethan Flack/JR Sapp Wallace State CC 3 3 5-10
12 Trey Clayton/Timothy Ward Auburn University 1 1 4-13
13 Wesley Minor/Auston Wingard Univ. of Ala.-Birmingham 1 1 4-0
14 Josh Oliver/Nathan George Gadsden State CC 0 0 0-0