Benton High alum JP Kimbrough helped LSUS finish second last week in the 2016 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championships presented by Cabelela’s.
Kimbrough and partner Devine Deramus caught a two-day total of 38.58 pounds. The Auburn duo of Cole Burdeshaw and Mitchell Jennings won with a 44.21 total.
About 150 teams weighed in fish in the event held on Pickwick Lake in Florence, Ala.
LSUS was the only school not from Alabama to finish in the top five.
Kimbrough and Deramus led after Day 1 with a total catch of 23.06.
The University of Alabama team of John Davis and Payton McGinnis was second with 22.19. Burdeshaw and Jennings were third at 21.56.
Kimbrough and Deramus weighed in 15.52 on Day 2. Burdeshaw and Jennings rallied with 22.65. Davis and McGinnis dropped to sixth after weighing in just 11.97.
Kimbrough and Deramus fished next to the Auburn team for about three hours on Day 2.
“It was awesome to fish next to Auburn today. Those guys are really cool,” Kimbrough said. “Usually when people fish ledges together, people complain about who found it first and coming to close to other boats, but today they pulled up next to us and asked if they could make a few casts near us and we said absolutely. They caught three of their keepers and we caught two of ours. We didn’t argue, we didn’t fight, we just helped each other out and tried to catch fish and it turns out we each had a great day.”
Burdeshaw returned the compliment.
“These guys were the nicest guys we have ever fished next to,” he said. “We were both courteous to each other and gave each other space and we still all caught good fish so it just goes to show that when people are courteous on the water, good things can happen. It’s crazy to think how nice they were to us and both of us were at the top of the leaderboard, so I’m just really happy that it worked out well for all of us.”
The event paid out more than $30,000 down to 26th place. Kimbrough and Deramus split $2,500. The Auburn anglers split $5,000.
Coming from a community of shallow water anglers back in Louisiana, Kimbrough and Deramus are happy to prove that Louisiana boys are much more versatile than some may have thought.
“I’m pretty stoked about the turnout. Everyone in the top five lives on ledge lakes like Pickwick, Eufaula, and Guntersville, and we live on the Red River which is about as far from ledge fishing as it can get, so I’m really happy with our finish.”
— Cody Francis, collegiatebassfishingchampionship.com