Red Hawk anglers compete for second time in Arkansas

Red Hawk anglers compete for second time in Arkansas

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. — The Catawba Valley Community College bass fishing team competed this past weekend at the 2022 Strike King Bassmaster College Series at Norfork Lake — the program's second-ever appearance at a tournament in Arkansas.

The Red Hawks competed against a field of more than 200 boaters, and all four competing duos finished within the top 75 percent of the field.

"Our Red Hawk anglers continue to impress us," said Catawba Valley bass fishing head coach Angela Mayo. "We have taken them to lakes and places they have never seen before, and they continue to perform well."

Three Red Hawk duos finished in the top 100 boaters — led by Spencer Black and Caleb Lonca, who were in 29th place after catching 10 bass weighing 21 pounds, 10 ounces. They finished just seven spots out of qualifying for the B.A.S.S. National Championship.

Catawba Valley teammates Hunter Keller and Carson Eckard weren't far behind Black and Lonca. Their nine-bass catch weighed 19 pounds, five ounces, which put them in 41st overall.

CVCC's Lane Bailey and Justin Eggers improved from day one to day two of the competition, moving from 93rd place to 84th place. They caught eight bass weighing 14 pounds, nine ounces.

The final Red Hawk duo — Wes Smith and Grant Harris — caught three fish weighing an even nine pounds. They finished in 151st place.

Overall, Mayo was pleased with how her Red Hawk anglers adjusted during this weekend's tournament in Arkansas.

"We took our anglers to a place like Ross Barnett, which is shallow with lots of tree stumps and other navigational hazards and then take them to Norfolk Lake which is deep and clear, and they always seem to figure a way to catch fish," Mayo said. "Being able to adapt to such a wide range of different fisheries is key to being a successful collegiate angler."

The Catawba Valley Community College bass fishing team is back in action this Friday at the Major League Fishing Northern Conference tournament at Smith Mountain Lake - Huddleston, Va.