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    Lake Seminole (March 24, 2012)


    Wake Forest University wins FLW College Fishing event on Lake Seminole

    The top-five team finishers at the March 24 National Guard FLW College Fishing event at Lake Seminole acknowledge the crowd shortly after final weigh-in. (Photo by Katie Hollowell)
    Teammates Silver, Casey take home top prize at Southeastern Conference contest

    BAINBRIDGE, Ga. – The Wake Forest team of Brad Silver and Ryan Casey, both of Roanoke Rapids, N.C., won the National Guard FLW College Fishing Southeastern Conference event on Lake Seminole Saturday with five bass weighing 17 pounds, 6 ounces. The victory earned the team $5,000. The win also helped them advance to the Southeastern Conference Regional Championship.

    “We are so ecstatic right now,” said Silver, a Business major. “This was our last shot. We’ve been doing this for four years, and this is our last tournament that we were going to be eligible to fish. I had a fifth-place finish in an event last year, but it’s so nice to be able to leave college with a win. Now we’re fishing the regional.”

    The Wake Forest University team of Brad Silver and Ryan Casey (left) parlayed a total catch of 17 pounds, 6 ounces into a first-place finish at the March 24 National Guard FLW College Fishing event at Lake Seminole. For their efforts, the team walked away with $5,000 in winnings.“We found a nice little point out in the reeds this morning and fished it all day,” said Casey, an Economics major. “We just let the wind push us around and we found a nice, white sandbar. It had a lot of peppergrass on one side, and lily pads on the other. You could just tell it was a migration area for the fish. It was loaded with spawning and post-spawning fish, and we just took a Senko and casted all day. I was fishing Texas-style, Brad was fishing wacky-style, and it just worked. We had around eight nice fish the entire day. This lake is awesome!”

    The Wake Forest team prepared diligently for the event, even though neither angler had fished Lake Seminole before.

    “We read everything we could about the lake,” Silver went on to say. “We found maps and reports on the internet and studied anything we could get our hands on.”

    Rounding out the top five teams and also advancing to the Southeastern Conference Regional Championship are:

    The Mississippi College team of Chip Wells (left) and Adam Horn used a 13-pound, 11-ounce catch to finish in second place at the March 24 National Guard FLW College Fishing event at Lake Seminole. The team took home $1,500 in winnings.2nd: Mississippi College – Chip Wells, Columbus, Miss., and Adam Horn, Madison, Miss. (five bass, 13-11, $1,500)

    3rd: Seminole State College – Kevin Lucas, Oppopka, Fla., and Neal Combs, Osteen, Fla. (five bass, 13-1, $1,000)

    4th: Auburn University-Montgomery – Dalton Darnell and Tyler Strock, both of Montgomery, Ala. (four bass, 11-1, $1,000)

    5th: Mississippi State University – Shane Howington, Hokes Bluff, Ala., and Chesley Heatherly, Vernon, Ala. (five bass, 10-15, $1,000)

    Complete results can be found at

    The top five teams from each tournament qualify for the regional championship where the first-place team will win a Ranger 177TR bass boat with a 90-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard wrapped in school colors for their fishing club. The top five teams from each regional tournament advance to the national 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.

    The Seminole State College team of Kevin Lucas (left) and Neal Combs netted a total catch of 13 pounds, 1 ounce into a third-place finish at the March 24 National Guard FLW College Fishing event at Lake Seminole. The team took home $1,000 in winnings.The next National Guard FLW College Southeastern Conference tournament is scheduled for April 21 at Santee Cooper in Sumerton, S.C., and is hosted by the Clarendon County Chamber of Commerce.

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