By virtue of their second-place finish at the Carhartt Bassmaster Wildcard Collegiate Tournament on Lake Murray in Oklahoma, the LSUS Bass Team of J.P. Kimbrough and Jared Rascoe are headed to the Carhartt Bassmaster National Championship,
Kimbrough, a Benton alum, and Rascoe caught bass weighing 46 pounds, 11 ounces over a three-day period, including a 7-pound beauty on the final day of competition.
Eighty teams competed for the honor of fishing the Bassmaster Collegiate National Championship, including LSUS teammates Adam Burkett and Christian Brown, who finished in 28th place.
Only the top 13 teams qualified to fish the championship which will be held on Green River Lake in Campbellsville, Ky., July 28-30. Regional rival Northwestern University won the event, bringing in over 18 pounds of bass on the final day.
Kimbrough and Rascoe are no strangers to fishing on a national stage. Both fished the Bassmaster Collegiate National Championship in 2015, and more recently, Kimbrough and partner DeVine DeRamus brought home a second-place finish at the 2016 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship in May of 2016.
Rascoe has also qualified to fish the FLW College National Championship in spring of 2017 based on his first place finish on Lake Somerville in January of 2016 with partner Christian Brown.
The Carhartt Bassmaster collegiate series sponsored by Bass Pro Shops is one of three circuits fished by collegiate teams. Others include the BoatUS Collegiate series sponsored by Cabela’s, and the FLW College Series sponsored by Walmart.
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