DAYTON, Tenn. – The Adrian College bass fishing team took to Lake Chickamauga for the two-day Collegiate Bass Fishing Open on Saturday and Sunday. It was the second competition of the inaugural season and the Bulldogs made their presence known by positioning themselves second after the first day. The team eventually ended with a 13th place overall finish in the field of over 140 boats and 86 teams. The two-day, team format allowed a team consisting of two boats and four anglers (two anglers in each boat all from the same school) to compete as one team. Each boat could bring in up to three fish each day for a combined six fish weight each day.
Adrian took full advantage of the six-fish team limit on day one by weighing in at 18.09 pounds. The team was notably the only school out of the 140-boat field to bring in a complete six-fish limit. The weather conditions took a turn for the worse on Sunday as most teams struggled to capture anywhere close to the six-fish limit. The Bulldog team consisting of Caleb Taylor/Nick Marsh and Zach Nelson/Jarrett Martin brought to the scales a catch of 7.06 pounds for a two-day total of 25.15 pounds.
“I am very proud of the progress we made from our last tournament despite very tough conditions,” said head coach Seth Borton. “Our attention to detail is improving and our foundation is starting to come together one block at a time. We are definitely being noticed on a variety of levels and making a name for Adrian College and our collegiate bass fishing program.”
One of the more exciting aspects of the tournament was that a television crew covered the tournament for the NBC Sports Network. The event will air on the network in August with an exact time yet to be determined. According to coach Borton, “I spoke with a cameraman that was in the boat with Nick and Caleb and he could not have spoken more highly of them. He said that you do not find anglers at this level that are polished in front of a camera. These guys are well-spoken, charismatic and great spokesmen for the sport and Adrian College.”