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University Of Louisiana At Monroe Team Takes Lead At College Series Regional


MONROE, La. — Brett Preuett and Jackson Blackett of the University of Louisiana at Monroe brought in the Nitro Bass Pro Big Bag of 10 pounds, 15 ounces of bass to lead the first day of the 2014 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Central Regional on the Ouachita River.

Recent rains have caused high water levels on the Ouachita River, and the conditions plagued most of the out-of-state anglers on Day 1. Even many of the local anglers have never fished the river when it’s this high, and they had trouble locating bass in the fishes’ normal stomping grounds.

With the water roughly 10 feet above normal pool, the main river dumps muddy, cold water into many of the backwaters that are normally clear and warm this time of year. This stunts the progress of the spawn and throws a big kink in almost everyone’s game plan.

The team that managed the high-water hurdle best, of course, was that of Preuett and Blackett.

Still, the teammates found reason to complain. “It could have been a little better,” said Preuett. “We lost two good ones today.”

Although those two heavy bass cost ULM a little cushion, they still have a 3-ounce lead on the second-place team of Evan Smith and Aaron Sarna of Arkansas Tech University that brought in a limit of bass weighing 10-12 on Day 1.

Competition from other anglers was another challenge that most anglers complained of on Day 1. With the majority of the river and its backwaters unfishable due to high water, anglers found lots of company whenever they did find fish. The boat pressure forecast looks even more grim for Day 2.

“There’s a local tournament with 60 boats in it tomorrow that will hurt us some,” said Preuet. “There are only so many places where you can catch fish with the water like this, so I’m sure some of those guys (from the other tournament) will be in there. We should still be able to go behind people and catch some fish, though, because we’re doing something a little different.” He declined to elaborate on his technique.

Two teams are tied for third, 1 pound, 10 ounces behind the leaders. Matthew Loetscher and Caleb Boudreaux of Louisiana Tech University and Trent Newman and Jacob Sepeda of Dallas Baptist University each weighed in 9-2.

Clayton Godfrey and Garret Lindsey of Stephen F. Austin State University brought in the Day 1 Carhartt Big Bass weighing 5- 1.

The two-day competition ends Saturday. The Top 13 teams will move on from the Central Regional to the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship, to be held this summer.

Takeoff Saturday will be from at Forsythe Landing at 6:30 a.m. CT. The final day weigh-in will be held Saturday on the campus of the University of Louisiana at Monroe starting at 3:15 p.m.

2014 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Title Sponsor: Carhartt

2014 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Official Sponsors: Toyota, Bass Pro Shops, Berkley, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Skeeter Boats, Triton Boats, Quantum, Yamaha

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