Jaci Skipper’s dad taught her well. Fish hard, believe in yourself, keep a red Rat-L-Trap handy and stay humble. The first three are easy, but give the girl a break — she deserves a little indulgence on the latter. That’s because, on March 18, Skipper and her Savannah College of Art and Design bass fishing teammate Ryleigh Tyson placed 14th out of 175 teams at the YETI FLW College Fishing Southeastern Conference tournament on Lake Hartwell.
A strong performance, for sure, but in doing so, the freshman duo became the first all-female team to ever qualify for the YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship. (The 2018 event’s date and location have not been announced.) Now, this is 2017, and it’s pretty clear that anyone should be able to compete wherever and whenever they choose. But, numerically speaking, fishing remains a male-dominated sport. So yeah, this is a big deal. And so is the backstory.
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