Andrew Helms and Jake Whitaker, students at the UNC-Charlotte, made college bass-fishing history Sunday by adding the 2015 Bassmaster College Classic title to add to their National Championship title.
The two fishermen brought five bass to the scales weighing 9 pounds, 6 ounces to win by four ounces over a team from Clemson. Dean Legg and Spencer Waldrop finished with 9-2. In third place, an ounce farther back, was Hampton Anderson and Josh Rennebaum of the University of South Carolina.
“To win this twice is just incredible,” said Whitaker, 22, referring to their win in the Bassmaster College Series National Championship .
The competition between eight colleges was held on Lake Keowee, an 18,500-acre impoundment located not far from Lake Hartwell, site of the Bassmaster Classic.
UNC-Charlotte relied on two primary baits — the Megabass Vision 110 jerkbait and a shaky head.
“Having deeper water nearby was key to the bite with the shaky head,” Whitaker added. “The contour break near the brush really made a difference for us.”
Filling the limit required working the lure slowly through the isolated brush piles. The technique produced the four bass needed to fill the limit.
Helms and Whitaker received an automatic invitation to return and defend their title at the 2016 Classic, site and date to be determined.