Jacob Nummy and Tom Frink Win College Bassmaster National Championship
Jacob Nummy and Tom Frink ‘s exceptional third day won them the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship Saturday at...
Jacob Nummy and Tom Frink ‘s exceptional third day won them the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship Saturday at Georgia’s Young Harris College. Sandwiched between first and third-day scores of 10 pounds, 4 ounces and 12 pounds was the event’ heaviest sack – a 20-pound, 15-ounce effort that positioned Nummy and Frinka a 43-pound, 3-ounce total and a winning margin of 6 pounds, 11 ounces.
The key to AUM’s huge day two was a hefty wakebait called El Raton – a 6-inch jointed wooden rat with a 4-inch tail and a short lip that created the enticing surface action and hooked five big bass, along with one final-round kicker. Frink said he found all of his big bites in a foot and a half of water – including the 5-pounder that bit 15 minutes into day three.
After a botched cast, Frink made a risky call to reel up and try again. “Usually, you don’t want to let them see the bait (twice), but I wasn’t happy with the cast. I made another cast and she came right after it.”
Nummy considered that good mojo: “When (Frink) caught that big fish, I thought ‘Things like that don’t happen for no reason.’ So I felt that things might go our way.”
The AUM anglers caught the rest of their day-three fish and all of their day-one fish on dropshots baited with Roboworms and Strike King KVD Dreamshot worms.
The host team, Young Harris’s Brad Rutherford and Matthew Peeler placed second with 36 pounds, 8 ounces. Starting out with dropshots, they switched to a more aggressive presentation when weather opened a window of opportunity.
“About 12:30, the conditions got right for what we like to do, so we put away the spinning rods and threw the big guns,” Peeler said. “We threw noisy topwaters like a Chug’N Spook or a Gunfish and followed it up with swimbaits that look like blueback herring.”
Rounding out the top five were: Jordan Lee and Shane Powell (Auburn University) with 35-15, Nick Barr and Jarred Walker (Eastern Washington University) with 34-8, and Matt Lee and Chris Seals (Auburn University) with 32-7.