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Top 10 baits from Lake Chickamauga - Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI Open

by Major League Fishing 8 Apr 14:59 UTC
Cannon Bird and Jacob Keith © Jacob Fine

The Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI Open on Lake Chickamauga presented anglers with two dramatically different weather days and solid prespawn fishing on the Tennessee River.

The East Texas Baptist University team of Cannon Bird and Jacob Keith took home a new boat thanks to a pair of vibrating jigs fished in hard-to-reach places and a variety of other Chickamauga staples contributed for the other top teams.

1. East Texas Baptist University winners Jacob Keith and sophomore Cannon Bird tackled Chickamauga with almost identical baits. Going with a Z-Man Evergreen ChatterBait Jack Hammer, the pair used black and blue and fire craw, but with the same green pumpkin V&M J-Bug trailers on both colors.

2. Bryan College's top team of Conner DiMauro and Cole Sands know the lake inside out and led on Day 1. The Dayton duo ended up with a slew of baits on deck and actually weighed three species on the final day as proof of their unraveling pattern. Between them, the pair used a 6-inch Megabass Magdraft, a 5/8-ounce Yo-Zuri Rattl'n Vibe in matte craw and citrus shad, a ghost sexy shad-colored Yo-Zuri 3DB Series Jerkbait and, of course, a white Z-Man Evergreen ChatterBait Jack Hammer as well.

3. Robert Gee and Reed Noyes of the University of Tennessee had solid outings on both days fishing current below the Watts Bar dam. Weighing a pile of smallmouth, the Vols relied on True Bass Swimbaits Hollow Body Perfect Head swimmers on ¾-ounce heads. The best-producing color for the pair was Sexy Rexy.

4. Nick Montilino and Adam Puckett of Murray State University tag-teamed the tournament on two favorites. Their weapons of choice: black and blue and/or green pumpkin Z-Man Evergreen ChatterBait Jack Hammer with a Yamamoto Zako and a 6-inch Yamamoto Senko wacky-rigged weightless.

5. The freshmen anglers of Emmanuel College mixed it up a bit. Dylan Akins and Chase Carey tossed a Sam Rayburn red craw-colored Strike King Red Eyed Shad for their keepers, but caught most of their bigger fish on a green pumpkin Zoom Z Craw.

"We tried a bunch of different colors, but we wound up having the most success in the regular green pumpkin color," Akins says. "We didn't get a lot of bites on the Z Craw, but we got two or three key bites each day, so that helped a lot with our bigger fish."

6. Bethel University's Chase Milholen and Levi Mullins chose a one-two punch. Milholen selected a green shad Z-Man Evergreen ChatterBait Jack Hammer with a Yamamoto Zako as the trailer. Mullins' favorite: a royal red Strike King Red Eyed Shad Tungsten 2 Tap.

7. Next up in the order of finish, Aaron Cherry and Chandler Holt of the University of Montevallo, which placed two teams in the Top 10. Cherry's top choice overall was a Rapala DT 6 in demon. Holt went with a half-ounce jig with a sapphire blue Zoom Super Chunk.

8. Montevallo's Adam Carroll and Trey Dickert used a SPRO Little John MD and a SPRO Little John in spring craw to finish right behind their teammates.

9. Caz Anderson and Lee Rose Koza of Carson Newman both went with a power approach. Anderson threw a Berkley Frittside 5 in a crawdad color. Koza chose a SPRO Aruku Shad with a red and orange belly.

10. National power Drury University's top team of Hunter Baird and Beau Browning went with a two-pronged approach. Baird threw a creature bait while Browning tossed the new Jackall MC60 SR in chartreuse black.

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