The Auburn University and Montgomery team of Jacob Frink and Tom Nummy took first place in the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series on Lake Chatuge this weekend. B.A.S.S. Photo by Shaye Baker.
Of the fifty-four teams that qualified for this weekend's The Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Championship at Lake Chatuge, two represented Auburn University, and one represented Auburn University at Montgomery. Yesterday, when the field was narrowed to only the top five teams after two days of competition, all three teams from the Auburn system remained. When all the fish from all three days had been weighed, it was the AUB team of Jacob Frink and Tom Nummy who got to hold up the championship trophies.
Members of the top four teams from the championship, AUB, Young Harris College, one of the two Auburn teams and Eastern Washington University, will compete individually in late September in the Carhartt Bassmaster College Bracket Championship to qualify for a spot in the 2013 Bassmaster Classic. It's a head-to-head, bracket-style, elimination event.
Last year's bracket championship finals featured plenty of drama, with two Auburn anglers, brothers Jordan and Matt Lee, competing on the final afternoon for a Classic bid. Matt Lee won and got to represent Auburn University and college anglers in the 2013 Bassmaster Classic. This year Jordan Lee will be among the eight anglers competing for a Classic spot. Matt was part of the Auburn team that finished fifth yesterday and will not be in the bracket championship.
Going back to Auburn's recent prominence in the Carhartt College Series, last year's finalists in the Championship Bracket (Lee brothers) were both from AU, and half the eight in this year's championship will represent AU or AUB. Oh, and the 2014 Bassmaster Classic, it will be held on Lake Guntersville in Alabama.