A pair of University of North Dakota student anglers is making waves around the country when it comes to bass fishing.
The UND Club Fishing Team, comprising Pat Davis and Kyle Harren, competed in the National Guard FLW College Fishing Regional Championship, in early October, on Lake Kinkaid near Carbondale, Ill., reeling in enough slippery aquatic bounty to place 10th overall in an extremely competitive field.
Davis and Harren pulled in two fish over the course of the two-day tournament. Both fish weighed in at 3 pounds, 8 ounces. Warmer-than-usual fishing conditions made it difficult for any of the competing anglers to catch a lot of fish. Still there were many multiple catches. Rules also limited what teams could keep to less than 16 inches.
The team from Northwestern University was able to land a victory by a mere four ounces over the second-place-finishing team from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Earlier this year, Team UND competed in another National Guard FLW College fishing tournament on Barkley Lake, near Calvert City, Ky. The team caught one fish that weighed almost 3 pounds. The catch was good enough for 21st place out of 40 teams in the tourney field.
Team UND finished just ahead of a team from South Dakota State and behind the University of Louisville. Purdue University took top honors in the contest, with five fish, weighing in at 15.6 pounds.
Top prize at that tournament was a $2,500 donation to the winning school and 7,500 for the winning school’s bass fishing club. The top five teams from regionals go on to the National Guard FLW College Fishing National Championship for a shot at even bigger winnings for the schools and their fishing clubs.
College Fishing is free to enter and FLW Outdoors provides boats and drivers for each competing team along with travel allowances. All participants must be registered, full-time undergraduate students at a four-year college or university and members of a fishing club recognized by their college or university.
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Dodds, David L., "Gone Fishing" (2011). UND News Features. 123.