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BAINBRIDGE, Ga. — The Bethel University Bass Cats set a new record in the sport of college Bass fishing by finishing first, second and third in the Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) Yeti Series …
BAINBRIDGE, Ga. — The Bethel University Bass Cats set a new record in the sport of college Bass fishing by finishing first, second and third in the Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) Yeti Series held in Bainbridge, Georgia on Lake Seminole. No school has ever had three teams finish in the top three spots during a national fishing tournament.
Bethel’s Brad Ableman and partner Wilson Smith stepped to the scales with a huge bag while weighing in with their five-fish limit of Bass. Those five fish weighed in at 19 pounds, one ounce. That weight gave the pair of Bethel anglers a two-pound plus lead over the second place team of Dax Ewart and Kyle Palmer also of Bethel. Ewart and Palmer had five fish that weighed 16 pounds, 13 ounces.
Rounding out the third place position for the Bethel squad with a weight of 15 pounds, 1 ounce were Cody Huff and Dakota Pierce. Huff and Pierce won a tournament a couple of weeks prior to this event for Bethel. Cody finished in first place a week later in his first semi-pro fishing tournament. Both of those events were on Lake Toledo Bend in Louisiana.
“We fought through very tough conditions this morning on Lake Seminole,” said Smith, “High winds and cold temperatures played a huge role in making this one of the toughest tournaments that I have ever fished.”
Bethel partner Brad Ableman concurred the extreme drop in temperature the night before the tournament and the high winds plus the fact that due to bad weather the team was not able to get much practice time played a part in making it even tougher. “We just put our heads down and went fishing,” said Ableman.
The pair earned a spot and punched their ticket to fish the FLW Yeti National Championship in 2021 along with their teammates Ewart, Palmer, Huff and Pierce.
Also fishing the FLW Lake Seminole event for Bethel were Ryan Winchester, Joe McCloskey, Tristan McCormick and Nathan Portch. Bethel is ranked number one in the Team of the Year points for FLW with this record-breaking win.