MONROE, La. -- Trapper Munn and Dustin Perkins of The University of Louisiana at Monroe won the Carhartt College Central B.A.S.S. Regional on the Ouachita River with a two-day total of 19- 6.
After catching only 3 fish for 8-3 on Day 1, Munn and Perkins brought in the Nitro Bass Pro Big Bag for the event on Day 2, weighing 11-3.
“As always we want to thank the Good Lord,” said Perkins after weighing in the biggest bag of the event on his home campus of Louisiana-Monroe.
Both Perkins and Munn thanked their family and sponsors, as well stating that they couldn’t do this without them. In particular Munn wanted to thank his cousin for letting him borrow a boat.
Fishing in a backwater known as Little Moon, the University of Louisiana at Monroe targeted cypress trees in 8 to 10 feet of water.
“We’d pitch a Sweet Beaver right next to the trees and they would smoke it on the way down,” said Munn.
Local knowledge was key for Munn and Perkins. Little Moon is typically inaccessible by boat and they were only able to reach it this week due to the high water levels caused by recent rains.
“There wasn’t even a ditch to go through,” said Munn. "You just have to weave randomly through the woods. Then you pop out into a lake and run it. Then go through some more woods and then pop out into the other lake.”
For their efforts, Munn and Perkins also won the Livingston Lures Leader Award by winning the event.
Brandon Greco and Austin Watkins of Louisiana Tech University finished second with a two-day total of 18-10.
Day 1 leaders Brett Preuett and Jackson Blackett of the University of Louisiana at Monroe slipped to third place on Day 2.
The team of Clayton Godfrey and Garret Lindsey of Stephen F. Austin State University held on to take the Carhartt Big Bass award after weighing a bass that went 5- 1 on Day 1.
The top 13 advance from the Central Regional to fish in the 2014 Carhartt College Series B.A.S.S. National Championship, which will be held later this summer. The location for the National Championship will be announced next week.