King University Wins MLF Abu Garcia College Fishing Tournament on Smith Mountain Lake

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 May 2nd, 2022 by Keith Worrall 

Modified May 2nd, 2022 at 9:02 PM

HUDDLESTON, Va. (May 2, 2022) – The King University duo of Landon Lawson of Jonesborough, Tennessee, and Hunter McClaskey of Elizabethton, Tennessee, won the MLF Abu Garcia College Fishing Presented by YETI event on Smith Mountain Lake Friday with a five-bass limit weighing 19 pounds, 15 ounces. The victory earned the Tornado bass club $2,000 and a slot in the 2023 MLF College Fishing National Championship.

“Our day started with a discussion at the ramp about if we were going to try to just go catch a limit or just go fish for the big bite,” McClaskey said. “About 10 seconds before blastoff we looked at each other and said, ‘Let’s just go fish big.’ And 27 minutes later Landon caught one that weighed 6-12. We had a limit of 18½ pounds by 9:45.”

McClaskey said the team fished near the Crazy Horse Marina area and targeted bass they could see holding on docks by casting swimbaits – a shad-colored 6-inch Megabass Magdraft Swimbait and a KGB Chad Shad. McClaskey said their deepest fish came from docks in only five feet of water.

“At 1:53 we were fishing a dock and I was trolling out, and I cast the Chad Shad to the end of dock, popped it twice, and got the 4-pounder that bumped us up to right at 20 pounds,” McClaskey said. “It was a last-second fish. We had to pick up the trolling motor and run back to weigh-in. I looked at Landon and said, ‘If someone beats us today, they earned it.’

“This win hasn’t set in yet, but already it feels great,” McClaskey added. “We both have come close so many times. This win was a long time coming.”

The top 10 teams that advanced to the 2023 College Fishing National Championship are:

1st: King University – Landon Lawson, Jonesborough, Tenn., and Hunter McClaskey, Elizabethton, Tenn., five bass, 19-15, $2,000
2nd: Virginia Tech – Matthew Echols, and Paul Southern, Pulaski, Va., five bass, 18-0, $1,000
3rd: Lander University – Parker Lambert, Riegelsville, Pa., and Aaron Shumaker, Charlotte, N.C., five bass, 17-5, $500
4th: Kentucky Christian University – Lafe Messer and Matt Messer, both of Warfield, Ky., five bass, 17-0, $500
5th: Virginia Tech – Caden Canaday, Pembroke, Va., and Lynn Chitwood, Wirtz, Va., five bass, 16-14, $500
6th: University of Massachusetts-Amherst – Jared Muzyka, Hadley, Mass., and Sean Prendergast, Northboro, Mass., five bass, 16-12
7th: Radford University – Kent Clark, Buchanan, Va., and Jackson Norton, Ferrum, Va., five bass, 16-10
8th: Western Michigan University – Bo Thomas, Edwardsburg, Mich., and Mason Vernia, Schoolcraft, Mich., five bass, 16-8
9th: Auburn University – Chase Clarke, Auburn, Ala., and Ty Mundhenke, Springfield, Ill., five bass, 16-7
10th: Liberty University – Evan Thomas, Winterport, Maine, and Joseph Williams, Great Falls, Va., five bass, 16-7

Complete results for the entire field can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

The Abu Garcia College Fishing Presented by YETI event on Smith Mountain Lake was hosted by Destination Bedford. It was the first of three regular-season tournaments for Northern Conference anglers. The next event for College Fishing anglers will again be on Smith Mountain Lake – the Abu Garcia College Fishing Presented by YETI event on Smith Mountain Lake, June 3, in Huddleston, Virginia.

MLF College Fishing teams compete in three regular-season tournaments in one of five conferences – Central, Northern, Southern, Southeastern and Western. The top 10 teams from each division’s three regular-season tournaments and the top 20 teams from the annual Abu Garcia College Fishing Open will advance to the following season’s National Championship. The 2022 MLF Abu Garcia College Fishing Presented by YETI National Championship Presented by Lowrance will be held on Fort Gibson Lake in Wagoner, Oklahoma, March 29-31, and is hosted by the Wagoner Area Chamber of Commerce.

Proud sponsors of the 2022 MLF Abu Garcia College Fishing Presented by YETI include: 4WP, 13 Fishing, Abu Garcia, A.R.E. Truck Caps, B&W Trailer Hitches, Berkley, Black Rifle Coffee, E3, Epic Baits, Favorite Fishing, Gary Yamamoto Baits, General Tire, Lew’s, Lowrance, Lucas Oil, Mercury, Mossy Oak, Onyx, Phoenix, Polaris, Power-Pole, Strike King, Tackle Warehouse, T-H Marine, Toyota, Wiley X and YETI.

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