Bryan College’s Jacob Foutz last man standing in national college bass fishing
DEERWOOD, Minn. — All season long, as teammates on Bryan College’s bass fishing team, Jacob Foutz and Jake Lee worked well together.
The college freshmen finished ninth in the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Eastern Regional presented by Bass Pro Shops at Cherokee Lake, Tenn. – about a 100-mile drive from Bryan College in Dayton, Tenn.
Last week, a long way from home, they really clicked, claiming the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops on Lake Bemidji in Bemidji, Minn.
And this week, when the teammates were split up and battled their way through separate sides of the College Series Bracket – also in Minnesota, on Serpent Lake in Deerwood – each dominated their matchups to make it to the finals on Wednesday, Aug. 16.
There, it was each man for himself as they competed for a single invitation to the 2018 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods on Lake Hartwell, S.C.
Foutz turned in the top performance of the bracket week, putting together a limit of 16 pounds, 5 ounces and easily defeating his teammate, Lee, who had 10-12.
Foutz showed his versatile fishing skills beginning with the National Championship on Lake Bemidji, where he and Lee fished shallow for largemouth bass. In the bracket competition on Serpent Lake, however, he focused his attention strictly on smallmouth. That decision proved to be a wise choice as he stayed consistent over three days of action.
He defeated Brian Pahl of Bethel University in St. Paul, Minn., in the first round of competition with 14-1 and then Chico (Calif.) State’s Chad Sweitzer with 13-6. He saved his best for last against Lee, and now he is the newest angler to notch a berth in the 2018 Bassmaster Classic.
He is the first national championship winner to also take home the College Classic Bracket championship since the format was created in 2012, and he and partner Lee are the third set of teammates to make it through the entire bracket and face off in the finals.
With the win, Foutz will have use of a fully rigged Toyota Tundra and Nitro Z20 bass boat with a 225 Mercury Pro XS motor equipped with Power-Pole shallow-water anchors, Humminbird electronics and a Minn Kota trolling motor. From Carhartt, he received $7,500 in prize money. And besides gaining entry into the 2018 Classic, he also qualified for all nine Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster opens in 2018.
— B.A.S.S. Communications