Fishing Team in Carhartt Bassmaster
College Wildcard Tournament; Earns Trip to Nationals
The Carhartt Bassmaster College Wildcard Tournament (that sends
the top college teams to the national championship) was held
this past weekend on Pickwick Lake in Florence, Alabama. The
NACC Fishing Team had two qualifying teams fishing in the
tournament. Hayden Tilley and Alex Clayton were paired as team
one and Trey O’Daniel and Jai Rogers were team two.
After day one of the two-day tournament Tilley and Clayton were
sitting in 16th place out of 109 boats with 16 lbs., 14 oz. The
top 20 boats after day two were invited to fish in the Carhartt
Bassmaster College National Championship.
Tilley said, “We felt good after a top 20 performance on day one
but I knew the pressure was on to keep ourselves there during
day two of the tournament.” Clayton added, “Day two was a long,
hard day of fishing.” But the NACC Fishing duo held their ground
with a day two total of 15 lbs., 14 oz. keeping them in their
16th spot. Club sponsor Ross Boydston said, “These two guys had
never met until last year when we started the NACC Fishing Team.
Together they have won a FishLife Collegiate Series Championship
and are now heading to the biggest college fishing tournament in
Tilley and Clayton will be competing to finish inside the top 4
at the National Championship. If they make the top 4, they will
then be held over to compete in the Classic Bracket beginning
immediately the next day. The Classic Bracket will be held
August 3-5 and will crown a new Collegiate Angler Champion that
will be headed to fish against professionals in the Bassmaster
Classic in Greenville, South Carolina.
Alex Clayton and
Hayden Tilley display their catch.
Co-sponsor Brian Roe said, “We’re so proud
of all these boys on our team. For us to be represented in a
nationally televised tournament is huge. We can’t wait to be
there supporting Hayden and Alex.”
Tilley and Clayton will fish the National
Championship on July 27 and 28 at the Chatuge Reservoir in
Hiawassee, Georgia. The weigh-ins will begin at 1:30 PM CT each
day at the Young Harris College.
For more information about NACC Fishing, call Ross Boydston
(ext. 2274) or Brian Roe (ext. 2244)or email them at
For additional college information, go to
www.nacc.edu or download the
college’s free App from the Apple App Store or by going to