Fishing Team Wins Event, Qualifies for Regionals

Fishing Team photo

The Eastern Kentucky University team of John Smith of Richmond and Kyle Raymer of Brandenburg won the National Guard FLW College Fishing Central Division event on the Wolf River Chain on Sunday, June 20, with five bass weighing 12 pounds, 10 ounces.

The victory earned the team $10,000 to be split between the University and the University’s bass fishing club -- $7,500 for the bass club and $2,500 for EKU. The win also gave the Eastern team a berth in the Central Division Regional Championship.

“This feels awesome,” said Raymer, a sophomore business and marketing major. “We’ve had a few top-10 finishes, but it feels good to finally get a win.

“We pre-fished and absolutely busted them, and most of the fish were coming on a crankbait on riprap,” Raymer added. “But when we pulled up we saw the grass was gone and couldn’t throw a crankbait.”

Raymer said the team tried fishing a dock pattern and received a few bites that way, then finished the day throwing Strike King buzzbaits on seawalls and crankbaits on riprap. Raymer said the team relied on baits in either black or black and blue to catch 25 to 30 fish, including 12 keepers during the course of the day.

The top five teams from each tournament qualify for the regional championship, where the first-place team will win $12,500 cash for its school and $12,500 cash and a Ranger 177TR bass boat with a 90-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard wrapped in school colors for its fishing club. The top five teams from each regional tournament advance to the national championship where the first-place team will win $25,000 for its school and $50,000 cash and a Ranger 177TR bass boat with a 90-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard wrapped in school colors for its fishing club.

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.

FLW Outdoors is the largest tournament-fishing organization in the world, offering anglers worldwide the opportunity to compete for millions over the course of 191 tournaments in 2011.

Published on June 23, 2011