2013 Carhartt College Series Southern Regional
Harris Chain of Lakes - Tavares, FL, Jan 4 - 5, 2013

How Bethel won the Southern Regional

Tournament Day 1:

Blast off was at 7:20 a.m., and we could hardly wait to see what the day had in store for us. We only hoped to pick up where we left off just two days before! The tournament blasted off from Lake Dora, which meant we had a 20 minute idle to get to Lake Eustis where we actually made a stop on the underwater grassline we had found the very first. We gave it about 20 minutes to no avail.

We started heading to Lake Harris, which was another 15 minute idle through the Dead River Canal. Our first stop on Lake Harris was on a spot where we caught two 2-pound fish in practice, and we ended up catching a 2-pounder and missing another fish. We were only about 400 yards from the spot where we caught the 5-pounder in practice, so we idled up to the area, and I fired my Red Eye out into the open water. I made one rip through a patch of hydrilla and a 5-pounder crushed it. It was at that point, I knew it was on! We ended up finishing our limit and culling several times by 11 a.m., and we decided to leave the area and let it rest for the next day. We weighed 29 pounds, 2 ounces of Harris Chain bass on the scales with a 9-ound, 11-ounce giant! That had us in first place heading into Day 2 with an 8-pound lead over second place.


Tournament Day 2:

We didn’t get much sleep that night because we were pumped to get back on the water and try and seal the deal on Day 2. We felt pretty good about things with an 8-pound lead, but we were in Florida and anyone could make up 8 pounds on one cast. Once we got our microphones on and all geared up for the camera that morning, we couldn’t wait for 7:20 a.m. to come around so we could see what the day held. We got to our honey hole at about 8 a.m., and it was on from the get go! By 11 a.m., we had a limit that weighed around 25 pounds, and we knew our competitors were going to have to crush them to have any chance at catching us. We never culled any more that day, but we did have an absolute giant in the 12-pound class come unbuttoned right at the boat! Luckily, that lost fish didn’t hurt us, and we claimed the win by 10 pounds with a two-day total of 54 pounds, 3 ounces!