SENECA FALLS, N.Y. – Adrian College juniors Myles Jackman (White Lake, Mich.) and Zach Graham (Gallipolis, Ohio) won the YETI Fishing League Worldwide Northern Conference Event #2, presented by Bass Pro Shops, on Lake Cayuga Saturday with five bass weighing 20 pounds, 2 ounces. The victory out of 79 boats earned the nationally-ranked Bulldogs bass program $2,400 and a slot in the 2019 FLW College Fishing National Championship.
The two anglers focused on a 75-yard stretch of docks on the eastern shoreline above the Interstate-90 bridge, specifically between the bridge and the lock system. Graham said there were bluegill beds in the area, near both the front and backs of the docks and between the docks along the seawalls.
"We started on the north end of the stretch and worked our way down," said Graham. "Myles primarily threw a frog on the grass mats and we ended up weighing two on it.
"I used the jig under the docks and the Zell Pop on the seawalls," Graham continued. "I caught fish with the jig, but the topwaters got the big keeper bites. They were definitely the key to our success."
"Congratulations go out to Myles and Zach, who had a pretty impressive outing to go back-to back (for us in wins) in the state of New York," Adrian fourth-year coach Seth Borton, referring to the Bulldogs' 2017 triumph at Bemus Point's Chautauqua Lake. "Great teams find a way to pick each other up and that is exactly what all of our guys did this weekend."
Jackman's frog was a white Strike King KVD Sexy Frog. Graham used a Booyah Boo jig with a green-pumpkin-colored Berkley Powerbait Chigger Craw and a hitch-colored XCalibur Zell Pop.
Jackman said the duo had a limit by 7:15 a.m. before Graham culled out three fish in a row with the Zell Pop to put the Bulldogs up around 17 pounds by 8:30 a.m.
"After the culls we ran down the lake to a point on the east side that had big chunk rock going out into the lake," said Graham. "There was a 20-to-30-yard trough between the rock and the grassline that we thought the fish would be holding in. I threw the jig in there and on my third cast I caught a 4-and-a-half pounder. I culled out a small fish and that put us at 20 pounds."
Both Graham and Jackman major in environmental science and geology. Their win gives the Bulldogs three first-place finishes this season, as Chase Serafin and Cody Batterson took the FLW Fishing Open (March 6-7) on Kentucky Lake in Gilbertsville, Ky., and senior Nick Marsh (Walled Lake, Mich.) and freshman Jarrod Layton (Maybee, Mich.) claimed the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Southern Tour (April 19-21) in Florence, Ala., at Pickwick Lake.
Juniors Ryan Sharnas (Davison, Mich.) and Brandon Herzberg (Clark Lake, Mich.) also secured a Top-10 finish in fourth place by catching five bass of 16-4 and collecting $700 for the program. The duo also punched their tickets to the FLW National Championships next year, giving Adrian a total of six qualifying boats.
Adrian returns to competition next month for the BASSMaster National Championships presented by Bass Pro Shops.
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The top 10 teams that advanced to the 2019 College Fishing National Championship are:
2nd: Virginia Tech University – Perry Marvin, Peru, N.Y., and Jeffery Cullop, Marion, Va., five bass, 18-0, $1,000
3rd: State University of New York-Cobleskill – Tristen Bauer, Port Leyden, N.Y., and Drew Tiano, Hudson, N.Y. five bass, 16-5, $500
5th: University of Massachusetts-Amherst – Julian Burgoff, Amherst, N.Y., and Jon Hastings, Leominster, Mass., five bass, 15-10, $500
6th: Western Michigan University – Jared Havenaar, Kalamazoo, Mich., and Bo Thomas, Edwardsburg, Mich., five bass, 14-8
7th: Penn State University – Jason Zubris, Plains, Pa., and Josh Bowser, Slippery Rock, Pa., five bass, 14-2
8th: Penn State University – Derek Horner and Matthew Huggler, both of State College, Pa., five bass, 13-11
9th: Slippery Rock University – Nathan Quince, Imperial, Pa., and Samuel Jenesky, Pittsburgh, Pa., five bass, 13-8
10th: State University of New York-Buffalo – Anthony DeGregorio, Queensbury, N.Y., and Noah Weinstein, Jamestown, N.Y., five bass, 13-4
--Courtesy of FLW Communications (Editor's note: Adrian College Office of Athletic Communications contributed to this recap.)