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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 Championship held this past weekend (Sept. 6-8) at Carlyle Lake, Carlyle, Illinois.
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.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.
"We 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," said Mike. "All of our
fish came in 5 feet or less."
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
hadn'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 - Central, Northern, Southeastern, Southern and Western - 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
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).
A second Georgetown team of Clay Elliott and Vincent Timperio finished 7th in the Central Championship.
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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