A fourth-place finish at the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship a week ago was good enough to advance Lacey angler Nick Barr to the Carhartt Bassmaster College Bracket Championship.
That tournament will be held in September. One angler from the top four teams in that tournament will earn a berth in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic.
Barr and Eastern Washington University teammate Jarred Walker from Moses Lake took fourth place by catching 34 pounds, 8 ounces of bass Aug. 1-3 on Lake Chatuge in Georgia.
The Washington anglers held the lead after the first day with five bass that tipped the scales at 19 pounds, 4 ounces. A tough second day resulted in four fish weighing 6 pounds. Still, they made the cut to the final five teams, and on the final day they reached their five-fish limit. The final day’s catches added up to 9 pounds, 4 ounces. They finished fourth place in the 64-team field.
Auburn University at Montgomery’s Tom Frink and Jacob Nummy caught a total of 43 pounds, 3 ounces. That beat the catch of local favorites Matthew Peeler and Brad Rutherford of Young Harris College who had a total of 36 pounds, 8 ounces.
In third place was the team of Jordan Lee and Shane Powell of Auburn University (35 pounds, 15 ounces).
TV coverage of the college championship will be shown in two parts on ESPNU. The first show will air at 9 a.m. Sunday. The second part is scheduled for 9 a.m. Aug. 18.