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Stewart And Joiner Maintain Lead Heading Into Final Day Of College Central

by: Helen White, Bassmaster

Nick Joiner (left) and Tyler Stewart of the University of Louisiana-Monroe weighed in a 2-day total of 27 lbs, 2 ozs to take the Day 2 lead Friday.
Photo by Ronnie Moore/Bassmaster
(Feb 26, 2016 - Houma, LA.)

Tyler Stewart and Nick Joiner from the University of Louisiana-Monroe managed a solid five-bass limit during Friday’s second round of the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Central Regional presented by Bass Pro Shops on the Atchafalaya Basin.
 
After wrangling 17 pounds, 9 ounces on Day 1, Stewart and Joiner added 9-9 Friday — and with a two-day total of 27-2, they will carry a 4-pound, 1-ounce advantage into Championship Saturday.
 
Although they didn’t boast a big bag Friday, the teammates from ULM said they didn’t explore all of their spots and are hoping that fish management will pay off Saturday.
 
“We did save some areas that we found in practice,” Stewart said. “We don’t know if they will be big-fish areas, but we are probably going to start on one of them tomorrow. In 15 minutes during practice, we had about 10 pounds in there. So with more time, we may be able to catch more than that.”
 
Stewart and Joiner seemingly boated bass on whatever baits they threw Friday. But after filling their limit, they stuck with a couple of key lures hoping to catch more of the big bass they caught in practice.
 
They know how crucial a 4-pounder can be in this event, especially on the final day — and they have a specific plan in place to boat that kind of kicker bass Saturday.
 
“We are hopefully going to start with our key baits and get our quick limit, and then we will go head hunting,” Joiner said. “Hopefully, we can get one of those 4-pounders and improve our bag.”
 
The Warhawk teammates will need to stay focused, with the rest of the top five also from Louisiana. Marcus Kliebert and Francis Robichaux from nearby Nicholls State University caught four bass that weighed 12-5 Friday and jumped from sixth to second, just 4-1 back of the leaders.
 
The Nicholls State duo sported a solid bag of 10-12 on Day 1 and upgraded even more on Day 2. The one asterisk on their tournament so far is the fact they only brought four fish to the scales Friday. That could possibly hurt their chances if things are tight down the stretch.
 
“We had some missed opportunities today, as we lost a 3-pounder at the boat,” Robichaux said. “We are just going to focus on every bite that we get and making sure we get those in the boat, and we will see how it plays out tomorrow.”
 
Having that 3-pound fish would’ve put Robichaux and Kliebert right behind Stewart and Joiner with a considerably smaller margin to make up.
 
This tournament has featured a local flavor the entire week, as 11 of the Top 20 teams fishing Saturday are from Louisiana. Six are from the host school Nicholls State.
 
Matthew Leblanc and Matthew Benoits from Nicholls State are in third with 22-10, and Gunner Durrett and Austin Watkins from Louisiana Tech are in fourth with 22-5. The Nicholls State team of John Authement and Cameron Naquin is fifth with 21-3.
 
Stewart and Joiner also earned the Livingston Lures leader award of $250 of Livingston product for leading the second day.

The Top 20 teams will advance to Saturday’s final round, and the Top 13 teams will clinch a berth into the 2016 Carhartt College Series National Championship, which will be held at a site to be announced later this year. There is roughly a 2-pound margin separating 13th and 20th place.
 
Saturday’s take-off will begin at 6:30 a.m. CT from Bayou Black Marina in Gibson, with the weigh-in set for  3:30 p.m. on the campus of Nicholls State’s in Thibodaux, La.

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Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Central              
2/25/2016 - 2/27/2016  Atchafalaya Basin - Bayou Black Marina - Houma,LA            
              
  STANDINGS  BOATER DAY   2    
              
Name  # Fish  # Live  Lbs - Oz  # Fish  # Live  Lbs - Oz  
1  Tyler Stewart - Nick Joiner  La Monroe  5  5  9- 9  10  10  27- 2
2  Marcus Kliebert - Francis Robichaux  Nicholls State  4  4  12- 5  9  9  23- 1
3  Matthew Benoits - Matthew Leblanc  Nicholls State  5  5  10-10  10  10  22-10
4  Gunner Durrett - Austin Watkins  LA Tech  5  5  13- 5  10  10  22- 5
5  John Authement - Cameron Naquin  Nicholls State  5  5  11-12  10  10  21- 3
6  Brennan Fertig - Evan Cook  Texas A&M University  5  5  11- 0  10  10  19-11
7  Zach Ziober - Dakota Ebare  Tarleton State University  4  4  6- 0  9  9  19- 3
8  Travis Harriman - Chaz Miller  University of Arkansas  4  4  6-13  9  9  18-13
9  Bradley Fleming - Clark Mannas  Texas A&M University  5  5  9- 4  10  10  18- 2
10  Tyler Rivet - Jess Robertson  Nicholls State University  5  5  8- 4  10  10  18- 1
11  Adam Forester - Scott McClellan  LA Tech  5  5  9- 8  10  10  17- 0
12  Adam Burkett - Christian Brown  LSU Shreveport  4  4  7- 8  9  9  16-15
13  Cameron Gautreau - Andrew Tucker  Nicholls State  5  5  10- 0  10  10  16-11
14  Brandon Simoneaux - Colby Ogden  Lamar University  5  5  8- 3  10  10  16- 7
15  Stetson Overton - Justin Seeton  Tarleton State University  5  5  11-10  9  9  16- 1
16  Ronnie Gray - Ladd Owens  Arkansas Tech University  5  5  10- 9  10  10  15-12
17  JP Kimbrough - Jared Rascoe  LSU Shreveport  4  4  6- 8  9  9  15- 5
18  Ty Hibbs - Matthew Waguespack  Nicholls State  3  3  5-13  8  8  15- 3
19  Trent Newman - Nathan Wood  Dallas Baptist University  5  5  6-10  10  10  14-14
20  Tanner Crim - Zach Montalvo  Tarleton State University  5  5  6-15  10  10  14- 8
21  Cody Metzger - Micheal King  Northeastern State University  3  3  6- 4  8  8  14- 5
22  Spencer Lambert - Luke Oneal  La Monroe  5  5  11-14  7  7  14- 1
23  Wyatt Frankens - Hunter Price  Stephen F Austin University  5  5  9-12  9  9  14- 0
24  Jared Bourgeois - Parker White  LSU  4  4  6- 4  9  9  13-12
25  Hutton Leppert - Scott Fair  Northwestern State University  5  5  7-11  10  10  13-11
26  Josh Bensema - Tyler Anderson  Texas A&M University  4  4  4- 7  9  9  13- 9
27  Justin Cooper - John Ledet  Northwestern State University  5  5  6-12  10  10  13- 9
28  Tyler Woods - Robert Tweed  Stephen F Austin State University  4  4  7-14  8  8  13- 7
29  Hunter Prestenback - Breagan Liner  Nicholls State  2  2  5-12  7  7  13- 6
30  Jacob Fournier - Jared Bascle  Nicholls State  3  3  6- 7  8  8  13- 2
31  Hunter Freeman - Tyler Craig  La Monroe  5  5  7- 8  9  8  13- 1
32  Michael Mata - Dax Baker  Arkansas Tech University  5  5  6-12  9  9  12-15
33  Jeremy Cooper - Zachary McDill  UAM-CTC  0  0  0- 0  5  5  11-12
34  Dalton Warrington - Collin McFeeters  Southwestern Oklahoma State University  5  5  9- 9  6  6  11- 6
35  Colten Hutson - Easton Ramsey  University of Central Oklahoma  3  3  3-10  8  8  11- 6
36  Dakota Sparks - Levi Sharp  LSU  4  4  4-15  9  9  11- 5
37  Zack Remedies - Matt Glad  LSU  2  2  2-13  7  7  11- 2
38  Jacob Caballero - Thomas Legendre  Nicholls State  3  3  4- 2  7  7  10- 1
39  Clayton Godfrey - John-Michael Brattlof  Stephen F Austin State University  2  2  2-15  6  6  9-13
40  Carson Smith - Malcolm Love  Northeastern State University  3  3  3- 9  7  7  9-12
41  Aaron Belgard - Logan Laprarie  Northwestern State University  3  3  4- 4  7  7  9- 5
42  Cameron DeBorde - Cameron Simmons  Oklahoma State University  5  5  7- 2  7  7  9- 3
43  Jackson Blackett - Austin Joiner  La Monroe  0  0  0- 0  4  4  8- 7
44  Austyn Fowler - Zach Hurst  Tarleton State University  1  1  1- 2  4  4  8- 4
45  Alex Murray - Alex Felder  Southeastern Louisiana University  2  2  6- 0  4  4  8- 3
46  Alex Schieman - Garrett Reynolds  Georgia College  4  4  4-12  5  5  8- 3
47  Phillip Borel - Dustin Nash  Northwestern State University  5  5  7- 1  6  6  8- 1
48  Colt Benedict - Chase Winston  Dallas Baptist University  5  5  8- 0  5  5  8- 0
49  Jed Hebert - Austin Hebert  University of Louisiana LaFayette  4  4  4- 2  6  6  7-13
50  Dakota Cline - Lawson Priess  Stephen F Austin University  0  0  0- 0  3  3  7-12
51  Jordan Ogle - Chase Arthur  Arkansas Tech University  0  0  0- 0  4  4  7-10
52  Darrell Henson Jr. - Brent Rome Jr  LSU  2  2  3- 9  5  5  7- 9
53  Andre Adams - Dustin Robicheaux  UL LaFayette  1  1  3- 1  4  4  7- 5
54  Reed Foster - Zackery Hines  Dallas Baptist University  2  2  2-10  6  6  7- 0
55  Allyson Marcel - Tori LeBeau  Nicholls State University  0  0  0- 0  5  5  6-15
56  Jose Palma - Andrew Madison  University of Central Oklahoma  1  1  0-15  6  6  6-15
57  Jay Lawson - Matthew Anthony  Stephen F Austin State University  4  4  6- 8  4  4  6- 8
58  Gregory Green - Thomas Merchant  Northwestern State University  5  5  6- 4  5  5  6- 4
59  Devine Deramus - Jeff Ramsey  LSU Shreveport  2  2  2- 2  4  4  5- 6
60  Garrett Goettee - Grant Pietsch  Texas A&M University at Galveston  2  2  5- 4  2  2  5- 4
61  Tyler Wilk - Brennan Soileau  LA Tech  0  0  0- 0  2  2  3- 4
62  Brandon Midkiff - Tommy Wendling  Lamar University  0  0  0- 0  2  2  2-12
63  Mitchell Decker - Chris Bradley  Southwestern Oklahoma State University  0  0  0- 0  2  2  2- 1
64  Alex Lamabe - Logan Abshire  University of Louisiana LaFayette  0  0  0- 0  1  1  1-12
65  Damon Martin - Maverick Jaggers  UAM-CTC  0  0  0- 0  1  1  1- 8
66  Blake Crabb - Matthew Williams  Texas A&M Corpus Christi  0  0  0- 0  1  1  1- 3
67  Bret Boyd - Ryan Tassin  UAM-CTC  0  0  0- 0  1  1  0-14
67  Gavin Goolsby - Andrew Cumberland  Nicholls State  0  0  0- 0  1  1  0-14
67  Cain Hamous - Lane Possoit  Northwestern State University  1  1  0-14  1  1  0-14
70  Alec Castonguay - Garret Whitley  Stephen F Austin State University  0  0  0- 0  0  0  0- 0
70  Cody Finkbeiner - Taylor Barton  Stephen F Austin University  0  0  0- 0  0  0  0- 0
70  Zachary Harrell - Conley Harris  UAM-CTC  0  0  0- 0  0  0  0- 0
70  Brandon Johnson - Thomas Soileau  La Monroe  0  0  0- 0  0  0  0- 0
70  Mitchell Mayard - Owen Richard  LSU  0  0  0- 0  0  0  0- 0
70  Tyler Moses - Justin Terrell  LA Tech  0  0  0- 0  0  0  0- 0
70  Daniel Ortego - Justin Mann  University of Louisiana LaFayette  0  0  0- 0  0  0  0- 0
70  Oaklin Spier - Sawyer Evans  Southeastern Louisiana University  0  0  0- 0  0  0  0- 0
70  TJ Tucker - Hampton Hasek  Arkansas Tech University  0  0  0- 0  0  0  0- 0
70  Chris Zins - Nick Gill  University of Central Oklahoma  0  0  0- 0  0  0  0- 0
              
BIG BASS 

Day  Name  City,State  Lbs-Oz        
1  Zach Ziober - Dakota Ebare  Grapevine, TX  5- 6        
2  Gunner Durrett - Austin Watkins  Simsboro, LA  6- 7        
              
TOTALS 

Day  # Fish  # Live  Lbs-Oz  # Limits    
1  244  243  408-13  32      
2  214  214  374-10  25