July 3, 2014


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 the world.”

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 or

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