• Road to the Championship

    18.Feb.2013 by Gary Mortenson

    Meet the Warriors

    Cade Laufenberg (left) and Sam Schollmeier of Winona State University show off their catch during the 2012 FLW College Fishing Central Conference Championship. (Photo by Kyle Wood)
    Winona State University teammates Laufenberg, Schollmeier share their thoughts on qualifying for the 2013 FLW College Fishing National Championship
    18.Feb.2013 by Gary Mortenson

    (Editor’s note: Leading up to the 2013 FLW College Fishing National Championship – slated for April 19-21 on Beaver Lake in Rodgers, Ark. – will publish weekly, in-depth features stories of each of the 25 national championship team qualifiers. At stake in the tournament is a first-place prize package that includes $30,000 in cash, a brand new, Ranger Z-117 bass boat and an automatic berth in the 2013 Forrest Wood Cup.)

    Name: Cade Laufenberg (pictured on left)

    Class: Junior

    Major: Environmental Science

    Hometown: La Crosse, Wisc.

    Other interests: Snowboarding, ice fishing and cooking.

    Name: Sam Schollmeier (pictured on right)

    Class: Junior

    Major: Law Enforcement

    Hometown: Rochester, MN

    Other interests: Hunting and playing lacrosse.

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    Q&A How were you introduced to fishing?

    Laufenberg: I was introduced to fishing by taking family trips to the Mississippi River and drowning night crawlers.

    Schollmeier: My dad used to take my brother and me out when we were little and I fell in love with it. What style/method of fishing are you most comfortable with?

    Laufenberg: Frog fishing or flipping grass.

    Schollmeier: Flipping and finesse soft plastics. What did it feel like to qualify for the 2013 FLW College Fishing National Championship? How do you plan to prepare for the big event?

    Laufenberg: It felt amazing. I feel one step closer to realizing my life's goal of becoming a professional angler. We plan to spend our spring break testing the waters of Beaver Lake to prepare for this event. Watch out for WSU!

    Schollmeier: It was amazing. It was surreal and it took a little while to set in. I plan on doing as much research as possible and spending as much time on the water as I can. Tell us something interesting about yourself that most people wouldn’t know.

    Laufenberg: I’m allergic to peanuts, dogs, cats and have asthma, but none of these things keep me off the water!

    Schollmeier: My right thumb is shorter than my left.