ADRIAN, Mich.--NBCSports recently aired on cable TV the 2016 Fishing League Worldwide National Collegiate Championships that were held March 17-19 on Lake Keowee in Seneca, S.C., where the nationally-ranked Adrian College bass fishing team had two boats finish in the top-20--the only school to do so--among the 54-team field.
Then-sophomores Jacob Bayer and Jarrett Martin finished in seventh place with a 15-fish, three-day haul of 34 pounds, which is a school record for weight in a tournament. They had an opening day catch of 14-9 and another 11-10 the next afternoon for 26-3, thus qualifying for Day 3 because they were in the top-10 after two flights. In the final flight, they recorded 7-13 to reach their grand total.
Classmates Jeff Morton and Nick Marsh had an impressive total of 22 pounds and 15 ounces despite just missing the qualifying cut. For 10 fish, the duo went 14-3+8-12 to place 16th.
"This was a huge event for Adrian College" to compete against such a competitive field, said Bulldogs coach Seth Borton.
"I have two great boat captains in Nick and Jarrett that have shown the ability to make educated game-day adjustments that have payed of huge in many tournaments," Borton said. "Jeff and Jake are easy-going, competent anglers that balance out each team nicely.
"I'm very proud of their focus, effort and attention to detail. All of these components have created the opportunity for us to be in this position," stated Borton. "I'm ecstatic that we have been able to see the fruits of our effort so quickly."
At the FLW College Fishing Championships, the organization also honored its 30-man all-America team as the Bulldogs led the nation with four All-Americans: Marsh (Walled Lake, Mich.), Morton (Troy, Mich.), Bayer (Blissfield, Mich.) and Martin (Gallipolis, Ohio).
Adrian Bass Fishing wrapped up its second season as a club-varsity sport in August with a pair of top-10 performances at the 49-boat Michigan Collegiate Bass Circuit Championships on Cadillac & Mitchell lakes.
54 teams competed in the FLW College Fishing National Championship and one team went head-to-head for a chance at the Forrest Wood Cup. More info: https://www.flwfishing.com/tournaments/2016-03-17-lake-keowee