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    Clear Lake (Sept. 24, 2011)

    Chico State wins National Guard FLW College Fishing event on Clear Lake

    The top five teams for the National Guard College Fishing event at Clear Lake. (Photo by David A. Brown)
    Wetmore, Carrico net $10,000 with 20-pound, 1-ounce catch during Western Division event
    24.Sep.2011

    CLEARLAKE, Calif. – The Chico State team of Nicholas Carrico and Matthew Wetmore won the National Guard FLW College Fishing Western Division event on Clear Lake Saturday with five bass weighing 20 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 their school. The win also helped them advance to the Western Division Regional Championship.

    Chatterbaits, jigs and dropshots produced the winning catch for Chico State's Matthew Wetmore and Nicholas Carrico.“We had a great day,” said Carrico, a sophomore Agriculture Science major. “Matt was using  ½ ounce white Booyah chatterbaits and I was drop-shotting spinnerbaits and swimbaits. We caught a lot of fish today, but most of them were pretty small. We probably caught one good bass every hour. We caught two right away in the morning but then it slowed down and we really had to grind it out.”

     

    Chico State's Matthew Wetmore and Nicholas Carrico topped the field at Clear Lake.“It was slow, frustrating and tough today,” said Westmore, a senior in Construction Management. “We didn’t catch our last fish until five minutes before we had to come in.

     

    “We were fortunate in that we were able to come here three times for pre-practices so were able to find areas that had a good fish population,” Westmore continued. “The lake has been under a lot of pressure lately so I knew the fishing was going to be tough. But Nick and I worked hard as a team and we were able to get it done.”

     

    Rounding out the top five teams and also advancing to the Western Regional Championship are:

     

    Justin Gangel and Alex Cox used swimbaits and jigs to earn second place for California State University, Long Beach.2nd: California State University, Long Beach – Justin Gangel and Alex Cox (five bass, 19-3, $3,000)

    3rd:  California State University, Monterey Bay – David Hamblin and Matthew Diaz (five bass, 19-0, $2,000)

    4th:  Boise State University – Jared Spickelmier and Jacob Leanna (five bass, 18-9, $2,000)

    5th:  Chico State – Bo Harkins and Anthony Dayton (five bass, 18-7, $2,000)

     

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

     

    Chatterbaits and swimbaits yielded a third-place sack for CSU Monterey Bay's Matthew Diaz and David Hamblin.The top five teams from each regional tournament advance to the national championship where the first-place team will win $25,000 for their school and $50,000 cash and a Ranger 177TR bass boat with a 90-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard wrapped in school colors for their fishing club. 

     

    The next National Guard FLW College Western Division tournament is the regional championship scheduled for Nov. 17-19 at Saguaro Lake in Mesa, Ariz. and will be hosted by Arizona State University.

     

    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.

     

    For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow College Fishing on Facebook at Facebook.com/FLWCollegeFishing and on Twitter at Twitter.com/CollegeFishing. Visit CollegeFishing.com to sign up or to start a club at your school.

     

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