Brad Ableman- K J Queen
DANDRIDGE, Tenn. - The Bethel University Bass Team took top honors in the inaugural Bassmasters Tennessee State Bass Nation Championship this past Friday on Lake Douglas in Dandridge, Tennessee.
The Bethel Team of KJ Queen and Brad Ableman had over 17 pounds of Largemouth Bass with their five fish limit to win the event for the Wildcats.
The Bethel squad also had two more teams in the top ten for the championship which included John Garrett/Brian Pahl weighing in over 14 pounds and Cody Huff/Garrett Enders with just under 14 pounds.
This top finish saw Bethel breaking their own record from 2017 setting the number at seven teams qualifying for the 2018 Bassmasters National Championship to be held In Oklahoma later this summer.
The Bass Cats will have one more opportunity to qualify more teams for the nationals when they compete later this week on Cherokee Lake for the Bassmasters Eastern Regional held in Jefferson City, Tennessee.
The Bethel Bass Team also broke a record while fishing the FLW this past Saturday in Dayton, Tennessee on Chickamauga. The Bethel team of Cully Scroggins and Nathan Portch placed 9th out of one hundred and thirty teams qualifying them to become the 12th Bethel University team to head to the 2019 FLW National Championship.
"The tremendous achievements these young Bethel Anglers have accomplished this year has been above amazing," said Coach Garry Mason. "Bethel holds almost every record in the sport of college Bass fishing and then they continue to break their own records at almost every tournament," added Mason.