UA in the News: Aug. 15, 2012
August 15, 2012 - Filed under: UA in the News
Local angler represents UA again
Clanton Advisor – Aug. 14
Dustin Connell came up just short of his dream to compete in the Bassmasters Classic, but the Clanton native still has a bright fishing future. Connell and his teammate from the University of Alabama fishing team, Logan Johnson of Jasper, recently finished fourth in the College BASS National Championship, which was held beginning July 25 on several lakes near Little Rock, Ark. The finish was good enough for the two UA anglers to advance as individuals to a bracket style tournament. Connell and Johnson both won their first match. In the second round, they faced off against brothers Matt and Jordan Lee of Auburn University. The Lee brothers eliminated the UA anglers. In the final, Matt Lee defeated Jordan Lee to earn a berth in the Bassmaster Classic, the sport’s ultimate event. “I’m disappointed about it, but it was a good opportunity,” Connell said. “I got to meet a lot of people. We’re all good buddies, the Alabama guys and the Auburn guys. They’re good guys.” Connell has now competed in the past three college national championships. He said this year was the toughest. “It was the worst week of fishing ever because it was so hot,” he said about the temperature that climbed near 110 degrees. Connell thanked all his friends and family from back home that sent messages of encouragement during the event.
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