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Red Hawks compete in bass fishing tournament in Florida

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Red Hawk anglers Carson Eckard, left, and Hunter Keller were two of 10 Catawba Valley Community College anglers who caught the five-bass limit during Friday’s Major League Fishing Southeastern Conference tournament on the Harris Chain of Lakes in Leesburg, Florida.

The Catawba Valley Community College bass fishing team posted a strong showing during the Major League Fishing Southeastern Conference tournament Friday on the Harris Chain of Lakes in Florida.

Competing against 189 teams teams at the event, each of the five competing Red Hawk duos caught the five-bass limit during the one-day tournament.

“Our teams worked really hard this week,” Angela Mayo, Catawba Valley head bass fishing coach, said. “They spent a lot of hours on the water trying to locate better fish. Unfortunately, they could find the bigger bite they needed on tournament day, but I am happy that all of our teams brought a limit to the scales. We definitely have some good things to build on for the B.A.S.S. tournament next week.”

Nathan Dellinger and Cabe Mackey were the highest-finishing Red Hawk tandem. They caught five bass for a total weight of 9 pounds, 15 ounces and finished in 73rd place overall.

Catawba Valley’s Spencer Black and Caleb Lonca were the second-best finishers for the Red Hawks, catching exactly 8 pounds of bass.

Catawba Valley’s Lane Bailey and Justin Eggers were just 2 ounces ahead of teammates Carson Eckard and Hunter Keller for third-best performance on the team.

Bailey and Eggers caught five fish weighing 7 pounds, 11 ounces, while Eckard and Keller caught a limit weighing 7 pounds, 9 ounces.

The Red Hawks’ Grant Harris and Wes Smith also caught a limit at the tournament. Their total weight was 6 pounds even.

Two former Red Hawk anglers — Jeremy Dellinger and Adam Seagle, who signed this past summer to continue their academic and athletic careers at Erskine College — finished ninth at the tournament.

“I was happy to see Jeremy and Adam do well in this tournament and see them qualify for the MLF Championship,” Mayo said.

The Catawba Valley bass fishing team returns to the water again in Florida on Jan. 21-22 for the Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops.


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