Bass Cats Win National Championship


Matt Roberts & Zack Parker


Florence, Ala. -The Bethel University Bass Cats took first place in a huge victory this past week during very tough competition from over 165 other Bass teams in Florence Alabama. Day one saw Bethel's Cody Ross and Dewey Swims with an expressive five fish limit weighing in at 23.07 pounds.  Not far behind the dynamic duo were teams from UT Chattanooga, Tennessee Tech University as well as another Bethel Bass Cat team consisting of Zack Parker and Matt Roberts. Murray State would round out the top five teams at the end of day one.

Day two would start out at a chilly 45 degrees and breezy conditions for the field of collegiate anglers. As the Sun warmed the Tennessee River impoundment of beautiful Pickwick Lake, things heated up for all three of the Bethel Wildcat Bass Teams. Only a few of the 168 teams had reached the weigh in site when Bethel's Parker and Roberts walked to the scales. As the huge sack of five fish was weighed, the total for the second day was tabulated at 25.88 pounds topped by the big fish of the tournament weighing in at 7.87 pounds. This put Parker and Roberts' two day total weigh at 46.76 pounds. Holding the other top four teams back until the entire field had weighed- in created a huge amount of tension for Zack and Matt especially knowing that their teammates had done so well during the first day of competition. Tennessee Tech weighed in second to last and tipped the scales at a two day total of 44.27 pounds with Bethel's team of Ross and Swims headed to the scales next. The crowd of over four hundred fans and spectators watched as the day one leaders placed their fish on the scales. The second day weight of 20.78 pounds would not be enough to unseat their teammates from Bethel but would vault the to third place as Tennessee Tech took second place.

Hats off to Bethel's team of Jake Lawrence and Jacob Hardy for their 16th place finish. After having motor trouble on day one just minutes after the blast off, the guys had to be towed back to the dock. They were then allowed to take another boat and head back out onto the lake. Their total for the two day tournament was an impressive 35.03 pounds

The Bethel Wildcat Bass Team was crowned Boat U S Collegiate Bass Fishing National Champions for 2013

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Bethel Coach Garry Mason commented on the effort and championship. "Both myself and Coach Louden are very proud of our team. These great young anglers have represented our university on a national platform and have performed without flaw throughout our whole fishing season. Congratulations to Bethel University and thanks to everyone for supporting the Bethel University Collegiate National Championship Bass Fishing Team."