Cousins Mike Huff, left, and Nick Huff show part of their catch that netted 5th place in the National Guard FLW Central Conference Championship competition and qualified the GC Bass Fishing Team for nationals.
Georgetown, KY, September 12, 2012 â€“ By virtue of its 5th-place finish in the Central Conference competition (see below) last weekend, the Georgetown College team has taken over the No. 1 spot in the School of the Year Program of the Boat U.S. Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Series.
Georgetown College stands atop more than 160 bass fishing teams representing colleges and universities across the country. The rest of the current Top Ten is headed by No. 2 Indiana University, followed by Winona State (MN), Murray State (KY), Oklahoma State University, Auburn University, University of Alabama, Arkansas University, Virginia Tech, and Henderson State (AR).
GC Bass Fishing Team President Clay Elliott said their next competition is the Big Ten Classic, Sept. 29-30, at Madison (WI) Chain Oâ€™ Lakes. â€śOriginally we hadnâ€™t planned to go, but we decided to fish this event to try and hold onto this No. 1 ranking,â€ť said an excitedÂ Elliott, a senior from Pikeville who founded the team when he was a sophomore.
GC Team Takes 5th in FLW College Fishing Central Conference Championship;
Advances to Nationals
Georgetown, KY, September 10, 2012 – The Georgetown College team of cousins Nick Huff and Mike Huff came in fifth overall with a three day total weight of 32 pounds, 13 ounces (15 bass) in the 2012 National Guard FLW College Fishing Central Conference ChampionshipÂ held this past weekend (September 6-8) at Carlyle Lake, Carlyle, Illinois.
The FLW event featuring the Georgetown College team is scheduled to be telecast on The NBC Sports Network (formerly the Versus Network) November 11, 2012, at 1 p.m. (EST).
Officials say to make a good team in fishing usually it helps to understand how the other guy thinks and fishes. For the two Huff cousins this comes very naturally. They each are 22-years-old, are seniors in Communication and grew up less than 100 yards from each other in Corbin, KY.
Georgetown was the only team that made the cut which was focused on an entirely different pattern. While most schools followed the fish into the flooded grass and wood, Nick and Mike focused on rock banks.
â€śWe would pitch our bait up to the rocks and fish it back two or three hops; once it got into about 5 or 6 feet we just reeled in,â€ť said Mike. â€śAll of our fish came in 5 feet or less.â€ť
The team switched its attention to the mouth of Allen Branch on Saturday where they found a sweet spot. The Huffs put four keepers in the boat in about four minutes while fishing a 20 foot stretch of rocks. This was a spot that they hadnâ€™t fished all week.
The duo pitched a Texas-rigged Trixie Sweet Beaver on a 4/0 Gamakatsu hook, or a 3/0 Trokar with a 3/16-ounce weight. Their 5th place earned a $3,000 prize which goes into their team coffers at Georgetown.
Four regular-season qualifying events were held in each conference â€“ Central, Northern, Southeastern, Southern and Western â€“ the top five teams from each regular-season event qualified for one of five conference championships. The top five teams from each conference championship advance to the National Guard FLW College Fishing National Championship which is scheduled for April, 2013.
The top five Central Conference teams are:
1st Purdue University
Nicholas Schuetz, Loogootee, Ind., and Elliott Myers, Anderson, Ind., 15 bass, 37-15
2nd Indiana University
Dustin Vaal, Bloomington, Ind., and Steven Bressler, Fremont, Ind., 15 bass, 34-7.
3rd Eastern Kentucky
John Smith, London, Ky., and Kyle Raymer, Brandenburg, Ky., 15 bass, 33-14,
4th Winona State University
Cade Laufenberg, Stoddard, Wis., and Sam Schollmeier, Rochester, Minn., 13 bass, 33-3
5th Georgetown College
Mike Huff, Corbin, Ky., and Nick Huff, Georgetown, Ky., 15 bass, 32-13
A second Georgetown team of Clay Elliott and Vincent Timperio, a senior from Corbin, finished 7th in the Central Championship.
The other GC team members are:Â John Hunter, a junior from Shelbyville, KY; and Lauren Kelly, a junior from Morehead City, NC (but originally from Shelbyville); and Haley Huff, a freshman from Corbin and teammate Mike Huffâ€™s sister.
College Fishing is free to enter and FLW provides boats and drivers for each competing team along with travel allowances. 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. Georgetown College first recognized fishing as a club sport in 2010.
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