UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-STEVENS POINT WINS YETI FLW COLLEGE FISHING CENTRAL CONFERENCE FINALE ON LAKE OF THE OZARKS
OSAGE BEACH, Mo. (Oct. 1, 2018) – The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point duo of Reed Fredrick of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, and Nick Dagel of Round Lake Beach, Illinois, won the YETI FLW College Fishing event on Lake of the Ozarks presented by Bass Pro Shops Saturday with five bass weighing 17 pounds, 8 ounces. The victory earned the Pointers’ bass club $2,400 and a slot in the 2019 FLW College Fishing National Championship, scheduled for June 4-6, 2019 at the Potomac River in Marbury, Maryland.
“We stayed in the Grand Glaize arm and fished the entire day barely a mile from the launch,” said Fredrick, a senior majoring in water resources. “We were fishing points where the channel swung up against them, just dragging a shaky-head off of the points and onto the ledges.”
“We had three to four areas that we were fishing, all of them 20- to 35-feet-deep,” added Dagel, a senior majoring in biochemistry. “We had 15 pounds by 9 a.m., then culled up slowly throughout the day. No one else was fishing out deep.”
The Pointers’ duo estimated they caught around 20 fish throughout the day – a dozen keepers – with green-pumpkin-magic-colored Zoom Magnum Trick Worms on 5/16-ounce shaky head rigs.
The top 10 teams that advanced to the 2019 College Fishing National Championship are:
1st: University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point – Reed Fredrick, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., and Nick Dagel, Round Lake Beach, Ill., five bass, 17-8, $2,400
2nd: St. Charles Community College – Dale McCrackin, Lake St. Louis, Mo., and Alana Simonsen, Troy, Mo., five bass, 17-1, $1,000
3rd: University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point – Neal Wisinski, Stevens Point, Wis., and Jesse Pliska, Custer, Wis., five bass, 16-6, $500
4th: Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville – Justin Lowry, Moro, Ill., and Brendan Magruder, Edwardsville, Ill., four bass, 16-4, $500
5th: Kansas State University – Nate Gardner, Nickerson, Kan., and Zach Vielhauer, Shawnee, Kan., five bass, 16-3, $500
6th: Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville – Bryce Peters, Camp Point, Ill., and Matt Fors, Batavia, Ill., five bass, 14-6, $200
7th: Southeast Missouri State University – Nick Moore, Desoto, Mo., and Jacob Harris, Bonne Terre, Mo., five bass, 14-5, $200
8th: Campbellsville University – Adam Carman, Berea, Ky., and Hunter Adams, Campbellsville, Ky., five bass, 14-4
9th: Campbellsville University – Nick Ratliff, Vine Grove, Ky., and Bradley Dunagan, Monticello, Ky., five bass, 14-3, $250
10th: McKendree University – James Brown, Decatur, Ill., and Trey Schroeder, Crestwood, Mo., five bass, 14-0
Complete results for the entire field can be found at FLWFishing.com.
The YETI FLW College Fishing event on Lake of the Ozarks presented by Bass Pro Shops was hosted by the Tri-County Lodging Association. It was the third and final regular-season qualifying tournament for Central Conference anglers in 2018. The next YETI FLW College Fishing events takes place Nov. 3, when Southern Conference anglers compete at the final YETI FLW College Fishing event of the season on Toledo Bend Reservoir presented by Bass Pro Shops, in Many, Louisiana.
YETI FLW College Fishing teams compete in three regular-season qualifying tournaments in one of five conferences – Central, Northern, Southern, Southeastern and Western. The top ten teams from each division’s three regular-season tournaments and the top 20 teams from the annual FLW College Fishing Open will advance to the 2019 FLW College Fishing National Championship, June 4-6 at the Potomac River in Marbury, Maryland. Additional teams will qualify for the National Championship if the field size in regular-season events exceeds 100 boats.
YETI FLW College Fishing is free to enter. All participants must be registered, full-time students at a college, university or community college and members of a college fishing club that is recognized by their school.