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    Lake Erie (Sept. 11, 2010)


    Penn State wins College Fishing Northern Division event on Lake Erie

    The Penn State team of Seth Baker and Jeremy Lake won the National Guard FLW College Fishing Northern Division event on Lake Erie.
    Baker and Lake take top honors with 8 pounds, 12 ounces

    ERIE, Pa. – The Penn State team of Seth Baker and Jeremy Lake won the final qualifying National Guard FLW College Fishing Northern Division event on Lake Erie Saturday with four bass weighing 8 pounds, 12 ounces. The victory earned the team $10,000 to be split evenly between the university and the university’s bass-fishing club. The win also helped them advance to the Northern Division Regional Championship where they could ultimately win a Ranger 177TR with a 90-horsepower engine wrapped in school colors for their school’s bass club and $25,000 for the school they represent.

    Jeremy Lake weighs fish for his winning Penn State team in the CF Northern event at Lake Erie.“What a great experience,” said Baker, a sophomore in Environmental Systems Engineering. “This was my first FLW Outdoors tournament and my first time fishing on Lake Erie. I can’t believe we won.

    “We had prepared for fishing on the lake (Erie) but when we got here we learned that conditions wouldn’t permit us to go out so we had to make some adjustments. We went as close to the off-limits mark as we could and targeted rock piles. I caught my largemouth using a Zoom 3-inch tube.”

    Due to high winds teams were confined to Presque Isle Bay and Penn State was one of the teams that was able to adjust to the elements better than most. They had planned to fish 25 to 30 feet of water, Carnegie Mellon University students Ryan Buckheit and Paul Kimball, Jr. caught three bass weighing 8 pounds, 8 ounces.but instead fished 10- to 15-foot depths. They knew Erie was famous for its large smallmouth bass and came prepared to whack them using a drop-shot.

    “I hadn’t really used the drop-shot before, but I knew I had to learn in a hurry once I got here,” said Lake, a junior in Wildlife and Fisheries Science. “I just kept at it and was able to pull in two smallmouths and one largemouth. It was slow fishing but we were able to grind it out and hang on for the win.”

    The Virginia Tech team of Michael Freas and Wyatt Blevins finished third with 6-11.Rounding out the top five teams and also qualifying for the Northern Regional Championship are:

    2nd: Carnegie Mellon University – Ryan Buckheit and Paul Kimball, Jr., three bass, 8-8, $5,000

    3rd: Virginia Tech – Michael Freas and Wyatt Blevins, three bass, 6-11, $4,000

    Wayne State University teammates Peter Bommarito and Andrew Smith caught two bass weighing 6 pounds, 8 ounces.4th: Wayne State University – Peter Bommarito and Andrew Smith, two bass, 6-8, $3,000

    5th: University of North Carolina, Charlotte – Joe Kinchen and Tyler Teer, two bass, 6-6, $2,000

    The National Guard FLW College Northern Regional Championship is scheduled for Nov. 11-13, at Jordan Lake in Raleigh, N.C. The three-day tournament will be hosted by North Carolina State University and will be televised on VERSUS Dec. 19 from 12:30 to 1:30 EST.

    UNC-Charlotte anglers Joe Kinchen and Tyler Teer finished fifth with two bass weighing 6 pounds, 6 ounces.

    Also qualifying for the Northern Regional were:

    Chestnut Hill College – John Reading and Adrian Avena

    Christopher Newport – Ryan Ingalls and Joe Wilkerson

    Fairmont State University – Wil Dieffenbauch and Brent Dodrill

    Glenville State College – Dustin Vaughan and Andrew Darby

    Messiah College – Daniel Poli and Louis Wenger

    North Carolina State University – Jeff Bumgarner and Will White

    North Carolina State University – Ben Dziwulski and Kevin Beverley

    Radford University – Matthew Conners and Tyler Vaughn

    Rensselaer – Mike Ahrens and Tom Cooley

    Rensselaer – Jonathan Cummings and Steven Taylor

    University of North Carolina, Charlotte – Tyler Beam and Eric Self

    Vermont Technical College – Justin Brouillard and Ben Cayer

    Virginia Tech – Jody White and Carson Rejzer

    West Point – Justin Hunter and Hugh Clark

    West Virginia University – Corey Straight and Corey Hill

    The top five teams from each regional championship will advance to the National Guard FLW College Fishing National Championship. The National Championship is a three-day televised event hosting the top five teams from each regional, 25 total teams. Teams will be provided jerseys and wrapped Ranger boats towed by Chevy trucks for this competition.

    College Fishing is free to enter, boats and drivers are provided by FLW Outdoors and all collegiate teams receive a travel allowance. For a complete list of tournament results browse

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