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ULM makes its mark in Texas bass fishing contest

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MONROE, La., (KNOE 8 News) - Two students representing the University of Louisiana at Monroe Fishing Team at the 2012 South Texas Bass Fishing Open returned to Monroe with the first place trophy. The tournament was held Nov. 10-11 on Falcon Lake in Zapata, Texas.

Sophomore biology major Jackson Blackett, son of Denny and Donna Blackett of Sterlington, and senior agribusiness major Blake Deron, son of David and Reba Deron of Monroe, placed first over the team from Sam Houston State University. 

Day one's fish total weighed in at 14.26 pounds, and day two's fish total weighed in at 16.32 pounds, resulting in a two-day tournament weight of 30.58 pounds.

Deron reflected on the significance of the win. "I felt great. ‘I remember thinking; this is what it's all about.' I also felt very blessed and thankful to be there."

Blackett said he utilized a unique iPhone app allowing him to study the waters.

"We researched it, looked at graphs, found a spot, and ran with it. I studied the maps to find places where I thought the fish would be."

Blackett caught an 8.67 pound fish on day one—a personal best. On day two, he bested the short-lived personal record, catching a 9.18 pound fish.

The ULM team of Paul Clark of Monroe, and Brett Preuett of Colfax also competed, but were hindered in their efforts to compete for the championship after experiencing boat trouble.

The entire ULM Fishing Team finished the 2011-2012 season ranked at number two in the nation by the Association of Collegiate Anglers, and will hold that standing with the scores earned during the South Texas Bass Fishing Open.

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