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UTC Fishing Team Qualifies for FLW College Invitational Tournament

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Parker Bacon and Taylor Bolton from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Parker Bacon and Taylor Bolton from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga bass fishing team of Parker Bacon (from Nashville) and Taylor Bolton (from Chattanooga) placed in the top 15 in the FLW College Fishing Southeastern Conference on Guntersville Lake Saturday.

That means the UTC anglers team of Parker and Taylor will advance to one of five two-day FLW College Fishing Conference Invitational tournaments, where the first-place team will win $4,000 for their club.

Parker Bacon said, "We caught our first fish on the third cast of the morning while cranking down some rip rap. About 2 hours later I laid into one on the A-Rig which weighed about three pounds. After hours without a bite and only 10 minutes left to fish, we caught our last keeper of the day, just in time to make it back for the weigh in. We ended the event with three fish weighing 10 lbs. 1 oz. which was good enough to get us in the top 15."

"Events like these would not be possible without our team's sponsors," Parker says, "I would like to thank Moon Pie, Tennessee Valley Ice, Coca-Cola, Joe's Custom Rods,  Choo Choo Lures, Basswacker Guide Services, Tacklewarehouse.com, Nichol's Marine, FishStrong.com, and Yank-Um Custom Tackle, Tow Boat US for all their help and support".

The top 15 teams that advanced to the Southeastern Conference Invitational tournament are:

—1st: University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Eric Self, Lawndale, N.C., and Shane Lehew, Charlotte, N.C. (five bass, 23-14, $2,000)

—2nd: Bethel University, Cody Ross, Jackson, Tenn., and Dewey Swims, Jackson, Tenn. (three bass, 19-0, $1,000)

—3rd: University of Alabama-Birmingham, Frank Doganiero, Gardendale, Ala., and Gregory Cain, Trafford, Ala. (five bass, 17-10, $500)

—4th: Auburn University at Montgomery, Tyler Strock, Slapout, Ala., and Dalton Darnell, Millbrook, Ala. (five bass, 16-5, $500)

—5th: Daytona State College, Thomas Oltorik and Scott Heaberlin, both of Deland, Fla. (four bass, 13-4, $500)

—6th: Birmingham-Southern University, Tim Trockenbrot, Roswell, Ga., and Matthew Oliver, Mount Olive, Ala. (three bass, 13-0)

—7th: University of North Alabama, Robb Young, Rogersville, Ala., and Andrew Nutt, Lawrenceburg, Tenn. (three bass, 11-14)

—8th: University of South Florida, Nick Ahearn, Sebring, Fla., and Matthew Reeves, Hilliard, Fla. (two bass, 11-14)

—9th: Elon University, William Gilbert, Manchester, Vt., and Nathan James, Greensboro, N.C. (three bass, 11-8)

—10th: Young Harris College, Grayson Payne, Blairsville, Ga., and Furman Thompson, Clayton, Ga. (four bass, 10-2)

—11th: University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, Parker Bacon, Nashville, Tenn., and Taylor Bolton, Chattanooga, Tenn. (three bass, 10-1)

—12th: Middle Tennessee State University, Nolen Spencer, Bell Buckle, Tenn., and Jonathon Reese, Fayetteville, Tenn. (three bass, 9-13)

—13th: Troy University – Connor Bedsole, Arab, Ala., and Bradley Norred, Morris, Ala. (two bass, 9-11)

—14th: Tennessee Tech University, Matthew Townson and Will Stansell, both of Cookeville, Tenn. (three bass, 9-1)

—15th: Southern Polytechnic State University, Zachary Dixon, Rome, Ga., and Daniel Byrd, Fairburn, Ga. (two bass, 7-12)

Complete results can be found at CollegeFishing.com.

Three regular-season qualifying events are held in each conference: Central, Northern, Southeastern, Texas and Western. The top 15 teams from each qualifying tournament will advance to one of five two-day FLW College Fishing Conference Invitational Tournaments, where the first-place team wins $4,000 for their club. The top 10 teams from each conference invitational advance to the 2014 FLW College Fishing National Championship.

College Fishing is free to enter. All participants must be registered, full-time undergraduate students at a four-year college or university and members of a fishing club recognized by their college or university.

The next FLW College Southeastern Conference qualifying tournament is scheduled for April 6 at Lake Seminole in Bainbridge, Ga., and is hosted by the Bainbridge Convention and Visitors Bureau

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