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UNC Charlotte wins national title on Chatuge

Shaye Baker
Jake Whitaker and Andrew Helms of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte tapped into experience to get the job done on the Chatuge Reservoir.

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. — Chatuge Reservoir behaved exactly the way Jake Whitaker and Andrew Helms expected, which led to the University of North Carolina Charlotte team’s win at the 2014 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship.

“It’s tough fishing out here,” said Whitaker, who grew up only 2 hours from Chatuge and has fished it multiple times.

“The way to do it is to commit to getting big bites, even if you don’t get very many,” he added.

The plan worked for the college duo. They caught 11 pounds, 12 ounces on the first day, followed it up with 12-11 on Day 2, and closed out the competition with their biggest bag, 14-2.

“I’ve never worked harder in my life,” said Whitaker, after he weighed his catch. “We should have more, but I lost two 3-pounders.”

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