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ULM Continues to Lead FLW College Fishing National Championship on Lake Keowee

by: Chad Gay, Director - Public Relations,

Photo by courtesy FLW Outdoors
University of Louisiana -Monroe teamates Nick LaDart and Brian Eaton continue day 2 lead.
Photo by Gary Mortenson, FLW Outdoors
(Mar. 07, 2014 - SENECA, S.C.)

The University of Louisiana-Monroe team of Nick Ladart and Brian Eaton, both of Monroe, La., weighed four fish Friday for 8 pounds, 6 ounces to lead the second consecutive day at the FLW College Fishing National Championship presented by the Lowrance Insight Genesis College Cup on Lake Keowee. The University of Louisiana-Monroe team of Nick Ladart and Brian Eaton, both of Monroe, La., weighed four fish Friday for 8 pounds, 6 ounces to lead the second consecutive day at the FLW College Fishing National Championship presented by the Lowrance Insight Genesis College Cup on Lake Keowee. Forty-nine college teams are competing for a top award of a Ranger Z117 and entry into the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing.

"We went to our first few spots and didn't get a bite," Ladart said."Then we started having trolling motor problems. Our batteries didn't charge last night."

Like the previous day, bites for the team were few and far between. Eaton said they had only six bites total for the day, and their first didn't come until 11:30 a.m. or noon. The team ended the day by weighing in four spotted bass.

"The rain hurt us," Eaton said."As soon as it stopped we got our first bite."

"This tournament's going to be won in the last hour or two," Ladart added."After the sun comes up and it warms up the water, it really turns them on."

The team said they are covering a lot of water and relying on reaction baits for their fish. They said they hope weighing in just four fish Friday doesn't hurt their chances of a national championship title.

"Four fish hurts," Ladart said."You always want five."

"You can't win with just spotted bass," Eaton added.

"We've got a chance," Ladart said."That's all you can ask for going into the last day. We're trying to win. We're not trying for second or third."

The top 10 teams that made the cut after the second day of competition are:
1. University of Louisiana-Monroe Nick Ladart and Brian Eaton, both of Monroe, La. nine fish 24-15
2. Slippery Rock University Benjamin Tawney, Stoystown, Pa., and Tyler Branca, Hermitage, Pa. , 10 fish 24-5
3. University Of Minnesota Austin Felix, Eden Prairie, Minn., and Chris Burgan, Minneapolis, Minn. 10 fish 23-7
4. West Virginia University Edward Rude III, Falling Waters, W. Va., and Mathew Gibson, Morgantown, W. Va. 10 fish 23-5
5. Young Harris College Furman (Joe) Thompson, Clayton, Ga., and Grayson Payne, Blairsville, Ga. 10 fish 23-1
6. Auburn University Garrett Roberts, Cullman, Ala., and Timmy Ward, Auburn, Ala. 10 fish 22-14
7. Chico State Nick Carrico, Oroville, Calif., and Andrew Loberg, Rocklin, Calif., 10 fish 22-13
8. CSU-Monterey Bay Matthew Diaz and Sebastian Resendiz, both of Castroville, Calif. 10 fish 21-14
9. University Of Nebraska-Omaha Ben Milliken, Bennington, Neb., and Ben Kroeger, Omaha, Neb. 10 fish 21-4
10. Eastern Kentucky Ethan Snyder, Vine Grove, Ky., and Billy French, Hamilton, Ohio nine fish 20-2

Anglers will take off from South Cove County Park located at 828 S. Cove Road in Seneca, S.C., at 7 a.m. Saturday. Weigh-in Saturday will be at 3 p.m. at the Walmart located at 1636 Sandifer Blvd. in Seneca. Takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public.

The national championship awards the top team a $30,000 prize package, including a Ranger Z117 with a 90-horsepower engine and an entry into the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup. The team member fishing as a pro in the Forrest Wood Cup also receives the use of a wrapped Ranger Boat and Chevy Tow Vehicle. All prize money earned in the Forrest Wood Cup goes directly to the individual who earns it. The Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing, hosted by Capital City Lake Murray Country will be held Aug. 14-17 on Lake Murray in Columbia, S.C., and will offer the collegiate anglers the opportunity to compete for a top award of $500,000.

Coverage of the 2014 FLW College Fishing National Championship, will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on NBC Sports Network when"FLW" airs May 31 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET. The Emmy-nominated"FLW" television show is hosted by Jason Harper and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world.

College Fishing is free to enter. All participants must be registered, full-time undergraduate students at a four-year college or university and members of a fishing club recognized by their college or university.

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Boats preparing for day 2.
Photo by Gary Mortenson
Boats gather for day 2 takeoff.
Photo by Gary Mortenson