Lacey angler reaches national college bass fishing championship

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.comApril 14, 2013 

A seventh-place finish at the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Western Conference Regional will send Lacey angler Nick Barr and teammate Jarred Walker to the national championship in August.

Eastern Washington University’s Barr and Walker had a two-day total of 39 pounds, 12 ounces at the regional tournament April 6-7 at Clear Lake in Lakeport, Calif. The winning team, Zach MacDonald and Ryan Sparks from Oregon State, caught a total of 54 pounds, 12 ounces.

Barr and Walker of Moses Lake found themselves in fifth place after the first day when their five-fish limit weighed in at 21 pounds, 11 ounces. But their second-day catch of five fish weighed 18 pounds, 1 ounce, leaving them in seventh.

“This means a ton to me,” Barr said after returning from California. “Fishing and the great outdoors are my passion and my lifestyle. To be able to represent the Pacific Northwest on the national stage at the B.A.S.S. College National Championship is something both Jarred and I take great pride in.”

The other Eastern Washington teams at the tournament were Cheney’s Tyler Wasilewski and Spokane Valley’s Jarid Gabbert, who took 14th place with 34 pounds, 2 ounces; Jesse Squires of Woodinville and Steven White of Cheney in 19th place with 23 pounds, 11 ounces; and Cy Floyd of Wenatchee and Mackenzi Brunner of Cheney in 22nd place with 18 pounds, 10 ounces.

The top 10 teams in the regional tournament advance to the national championship Aug. 1-3 on Georgia’s Chatuge Reservoir.

Between now and August, Barr said he and Walker would be busy raising funds and learning about the championship lake.

“I will be contacting as many people as I can to find some leads for information about Chatuge and hopefully finding a boat to use while we are there,” Barr said. “Towing my boat across the nation would be quite a trip. It’s going to be extremely expensive to go regardless, so we are starting to try and find some more sponsors and start fundraising immediately.”

He’ll also keep busy fishing. In addition to a few tournaments on Potholes Reservoir and Moses Lake, Barr will compete May 18 in the FLW College Fishing Series tournament on the Sacramento-San Joaquin river delta in California.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com blog.thenewstribune.com/adventure

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