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Tennessee Fishing Team Wins Bassmaster College Event In Home State

Category: Tournament

 Jun 16th, 2014 by OutdoorsFIRST 

Modified Jun 16th, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Lance Geren (left) and Robbie Moore of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga win the 2014 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Eastern Regional on Watts Bar with a two-day total weight of 31 pounds, 2 ounces. Photo by Craig Lamb/Bassmaster

DAYTON, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and its Mocs fishing team came from 11th place with an impressive final-day catch to win the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Eastern Regional.

Lance Geren and Robbie Moore posted a two-day total of 31 pounds, 2 ounces to score the come-from-behind victory.

“This is so amazing that it really hasn’t even sunk in yet,” Geren said. “We don’t really know when it will.”

Geren, 24, is an engineering major at the University of Tennessee system school. Moore, 20, majors in business. Both students plan to graduate in the coming year.

Two students from the main UT campus in Knoxville finished in second place after leading the tournament after Day 1.

Tyler Wadzinski and Matt Beeler were knocked out of the lead after posting a final-day catch of 14-4. The team brought in a two-day weight of 30-9.

“We’ll take it,” Wadzinski said. “It’s good to be here, and those guys just out-fished us.”

Geren and Moore fished a classic summertime ledge pattern with a twist.

“We decided to fish a bit shallower than everyone else,” Geren said. “It made sense to us because no one was really hammering the fish way out deep.”

The team positioned their boat in 20 feet of water, making casts to bass positioned in 10 feet or shallower. The bass held on secondary drops between the shoreline and the deeper water.

A heavy jig did the trick for both days. The team used a locally made Jenko Jigs 3/4-ounce football head shape in all the summer candy color. A matching Strike King trailer was impaled on the jig for added strike appeal.

Staying near the launch site was another key.

“It’s pure coincidence that our spots were near the launch,” Geren added. “But it did allow us to keep fishing longer.”

More competition time paid off in more ways than one. Moore caught the team’s biggest bass weighing 5-11 going into the final hour of fishing.

Wadzinski and Beeler were confident going into the final round, although their areas failed to produce enough quality bites to sustain the lead.

“We couldn’t get that one kicker fish,” Wadzinski lamented.

Austin Neary and Zach Hicks represented Western Carolina University with a third-place finish. The team’s high hopes of a win were dashed on Day 1 after a bass estimated at 10 pounds broke free at the boat.

Geren and Moore took home more than the winner’s trophy. The anglers earned the Bass Pro Nitro Big Bag award of $500 for catching the 19-6 heavyweight sack of the tournament. They also took home the Livingston Lures Leader award, worth $500 in Livingston products.

William Shipes of Clemson University won the Carhartt Big Bass award for catching a 6-2 largemouth.

The Top 12 teams from the Eastern Regional are invited to the Carhartt College Championship, July 31-Aug. 2. The tournament will be held on Chatuge Reservoir in northern Georgia.

The Eastern Regional tournament was held in conjunction with the June 11-15 Bassmaster BASSfest, a unique tournament featuring pros from the Bassmaster Elite Series and top pros from the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens Series presented by Allstate.

2014 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Title Sponsor: Carhartt

2014 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Official Sponsors: Toyota, Bass Pro Shops, Berkley, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Skeeter Boats, Triton Boats, Quantum, Yamaha

2014 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Supporting Partners: Booyah, Diet Mountain Dew, Livingston Lures, Lowrance, Motorguide, Plano, Power-Pole, Rigid Industries, Shimano

2014 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Proud Partner: Mustang Survival

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Carhartt Bassmaster College Series – Eastern
6/12/2014 – 6/13/2014
Watts Bar Reservoir – Watts Bar Dam – Dayton, TN

STANDINGS BOATER DAY 2
Today’s Activity Accumulative
Name Fish Live s – Oz Fish Lives – Oz

1 Lance Geren – Robbie Moore UT Chattanooga 5 5 9- 6 10 10 31- 2
2 Tyler Wadzinski – Matt Beeler U. of Tennessee 5 5 4- 4 10 10 30- 9
3 Austin Neary – Zachary Hicks Western Carolina 5 4 2- 6 10 9 28- 6
4 Kyle Raymer – Ethan Snyder Eastern Kentucky 5 4 3-12 10 9 26-13
5 Zach Parker – Matt Roberts Bethel University 5 5 8- 7 9 9 26- 8
6 Ethan McDonald – Ryan Swallows Tenn Tech University 5 5 2- 8 10 10 25-11
7 Jake Whitaker – Andrew Helms UNC Charlotte 5 5 5- 6 8 8 25- 9
8 Edward Rude III – Matthew Gibson West Virginia 5 5 9-11 7 7 24- 6
9 Hunter Louden – Matthew Palmer Bethel University 5 5 6- 6 8 8 23-14
10 Robert Giarla – Bentley Manning Tenn Tech University 4 4 0- 5 9 9 22-14
11 Brandon Koon – Blake Welch Bethel University 3 2 8-14 8 7 22-11
12 Dalton Wilson – Randall Morris Bethel University 5 5 9- 2 10 10 22-10
13 Zachary Blalock – Kyle Albers East Carolina 4 4 9- 5 9 9 21-15
14 Zach Bodford – Lance Phearsdorf NC State 3 3 8-11 8 7 20-11
15 Carson Orellana – Mitchell Community 4 4 9- 0 9 9 20- 6
16 Matt Allen – Zach Youngblood Tenn Tech University 4 4 1- 4 8 8 20- 2
17 Cory Fox – Dylan Cooper Virginia Tech 3 3 8- 1 6 6 18-15
18 Brandon Kersnowski – Cole Blythe UNC Charlotte 4 4 8-14 7 7 18- 2
19 Colin Bennett – Dylan Poweley UT Martin 4 4 4-10 5 5 17-15
20 Ryan Collins – Andrew Day U. of Kentucky 4 4 6- 7 9 8 17- 7
21 Chris Hunt – Kyle Warwick Lincoln Memorial 2 2 6- 3 6 6 17- 5
22 Shaw Owens – Chris Harless Eastern Kentucky 4 4 1- 3 6 6 16-15
23 Mike Huff – John Hunter Georgetown Col 2 2 2-15 7 7 16- 6
24 Jay Emmert – Christian Peake U. of Tennessee 2 2 5-14 6 6 16- 5
25 Charlie Sipe – Hunter Hill Appalachian St 2 2 5-15 7 7 16- 5
26 Christian Cook – Shane Poore Appalachian St 4 4 9-15 8 8 16- 5
27 Joe Slagle – Andy Vanderwall Tenn Tech University 5 5 5-12 5 5 15-12
28 Hunter Haney – Colby Harville U. of North Alabala 4 4 1- 3 6 6 15- 1
29 Cody Griffey – Peter Kenny Christopher Ne 3 3 5- 8 8 8 14- 3
30 Andrew Jackson – Trey Stewartson Virginia Tech 4 4 1-14 5 5 13- 1
31 Ross Dove – Jesse Edmonds Emmanuel College 4 3 9-13 5 4 12- 1
32 Tyler Watson – Gavyn Bridges UT Chattanooga 5 4 1-11 5 4 11-11
33 Caleb Baker – Michael Watts Alice Lloyd College 2 2 6-15 3 3 11- 9
34 Ryan Armes – Joe Ellis Tenn Tech University 2 2 5- 8 4 4 11- 0
35 Shawn Combs – James Hill Georgetown College 3 3 8- 8 6 6 10-14
36 Ronnie Moore – East Carolina 3 3 8- 1 4 4 9-14
37 Marty Ballard – Kris Steele U. of Kentucky 2 2 6- 1 3 3 9- 5
38 William Shipes – Clemson University 1 0 4-14 3 2 9- 5
39 Seth Winslow – Taylor Godsey Christopher Newport 0 0 0- 0 4 4 8-11
40 Joe Maciejewski – Matt Anderson Roanoke College 1 1 1-14 4 4 8- 0
41 Wade Brown – Jacob Meadows U. of Louisvile 2 2 2- 6 3 3 7- 1
42 Brett Webster – Kenny Elkins U. of North Alabama 2 2 4-11 3 3 6-15
43 Matthew Combs – Jacob Marshall West Virginia 1 1 3- 3 2 2 6- 7
44 Cody Ross – Dewey Swims Bethel University 0 0 0- 0 3 3 6- 6
45 Benjamin Freeman – Dillon McGee Bethel University 0 0 0- 0 2 2 5- 2
46 Jackson Minnich – Parker Hurst U. of Tennessee 2 2 4-13 2 2 4-13
47 Austin Meeks – Josh Cagle Middle Tennesse 1 1 2- 6 2 2 4-12
48 Colt Kelso – Andrew Tate U. of North Alabama 2 2 4- 0 2 2 4- 0
49 Michael Corbishley -TJ Chafatelli East Carolina 2 2 5- 6 3 3 3-15
50 Eli Lawson – Ethan Howell Appalachian St 0 0 0- 0 2 2 3- 6
51 Blaine Atkins – Beau Patrick Henry 0 0 0- 0 1 1 3- 4
52 Tim Painter – Jordan U. of Tennessee 1 1 2-10 1 1 2-10
53 Chris Phinney – Baile East Carolina 1 1 2- 7 1 1 2- 7
54 Trey Joyce – Brandon Patrick Henry 1 1 2- 1 1 1 2- 1
55 Caleb Huges – Kinley Middle Tennessee 0 0 0- 0 1 1 1-12
56 Logan Brewster – Dani U. of Tennessee 0 0 0- 0 0 0 0- 0
56 Sam Mughal – Caleb Cu UT Chattanooga 0 0 0- 0 0 0 0- 0

BIG BASS TOTALS

Day Name City, State Lbs-Oz Day Fish Live Lbs-Oz Limits

1 Austin Neary Cullowhee, NC 5- 8 1 147 145 61- 4 15

2 William Shipes Central, SC 6- 2 2 157 151 30- 5 12

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