GA Pair 1st Women's Bass Fishing Team to Reach Nationals

GA Pair 1st Women's Bass Fishing Team to Reach Nationals

Two Savannah College of Art and Design students made tournament bass fishing history by becoming the first women's bass fishing team to qualify for the FLW College Fishing National Championship.

Jaci Skipper and Ryleigh Tyson of Savannah College of Art and Designmade history as the first women's bass fishing team to reach FLW college national championship. (FLW Outdoors photo)

Jaci Skipper of Taylor, Alabama, and Ryleigh Tyson of Savannah, represented SCAD last weekend in the YETI FLW College Fishing Southeastern Conference tournament on Lake Hartwell, Ga.

The freshmen finished 14th out of 176 teams with a five-bass limit of 12 pounds, 8 ounces. The top 17 teams advance to nationals.

"I grew up in the boat with my dad, and he taught me how humbling this sport can be," said Skipper, according to a press release. "I fished the first two events at Lake Seminole and Lake Guntersville this season with different partners and I zeroed both times. I told Ryleigh that our time was coming. It just so happened that this tournament went well for us.

"My goal every event is to give 110-percent effort and try to catch a five-bass limit," she said. "I fished in high school for Rehobeth High School in Dothan, Alabama, and I know how tough some of these fisheries are and how tough the competition is. The most important thing to me is to always give our best effort."

Via Nathan Ragsdale/YouTube

The  FLW College Fishing Southeastern Conference event at Lake Hartwell was the third and final regular-season qualifying tournament for Southeastern Conference anglers in 2017. The next YETI FLW College Fishing event is a Central Conference tournament scheduled for April 1 on the Lake of the Ozarks in Osage Beach, Missouri.

College teams compete in three regular-season qualifying tournaments in one of five conferences — Central, Northern, Southern, Southeastern and Western. The top 10 teams from each division's three regular-season tournaments, along with an additional qualifier for every 10 teams over 100 that compete, along with the top 20 teams from the annual advance to the National Championship.

College Fishing is free to enter. All participants must be registered, full-time students at a college, university or community college and members of a college fishing club that is recognized by their school.

Complete results can be found at

Get Your Fish On.

Plan your next fishing and boating adventure here.

Recommended for You

Fishing How-To

Why You'll Lose Your Next Big Bass

Larry Larsen

Now that you know you might screw it up the next time a big fish bites, let's fix it.


Baitfish for Bass: Search, Suspend or Sink Crankbaits

Jason Houser - May 21, 2019

Crankbaits mimic exactly what they eat when hungry — other fish!

Fishing How-To

Your Guide for the Best Catfish Baits

G&F Staff

If you've been catching catfish with the same method for years, it's time to change it up and...

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

13 Fishing Omen Black Baitcasting Rod

Multiple time FLW Costa winner Jessi Mizell is no stranger to catching big Florida bass on a popping frog. As he tells OSG's Lynn Burkhead, with the new 13 Fishing Omen Black baitcasting rod, the job just got easier.

Mustad Skatter Shad Bladed Jig

As Mustad continues to expand into an all-around tackle company, Reid McKinstry shows off some innovative features that make the Mustad Skatter Shad bladed jig a winner in big bass waters.

New Spinning Reel for Finesse Fishermen

As Pure Fishing's Andrew Upshaw explains, reel making giant Abu Garcia has done it again at ICAST 2019 with a new spinning reel geared towards finesse fishermen.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories


Find and Fish Bluegill Beds Efficiently

Terry Madewell - May 22, 2019

You can catch bluegill faster with these strategies.


5 Ways To Catch Catfish on Lures

Keith Sutton - September 16, 2015

As most catfish anglers know, blue cats, channel cats and flatheads will eat darn near...


4 Tips When Jig Fishing For Bass

Chris Schneider - August 25, 2015

A 7 pound giant taken on a jig during the pre-spawn transistion in the Midwest. Although...

See More Stories

More Bass


Chicago's Smallmouth Bass Hot Spot

Tim Holschlag - June 17, 2019

Want to get after smallmouth near the city? Hit the Kankakee River south of town.


Find the Thermocline for Productive Late-Summer Bass Fishing

Lee McClellan - July 18, 2019

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: The hottest stretch of the year is here; largemouth bass anglers...


How Well Do You Know Black Bass?

Pete Robbins - June 10, 2019

It's more than largemouths, smallies and spots. Here's a guide to America's black-bass...

See More Bass

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction


Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services


GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.