The Missouri University of Science and Technology team of William Kleine, of Rolla, and Drew Schrader, of St. Charles, won the FLW (Forrest L. Wood) College Fishing Central Conference event at the Lake of the Ozarks Saturday with four bass weighing 12 pounds, 14 ounces.
The victory earned the club $2,000 and advanced the team to the FLW College Fishing Central Conference Invitational tournament.
“It feels pretty awesome,” said Kleine, a mechanical engineering major. “We weren’t sure that we had what it would take to win the tournament. We only caught four bass today (Saturday) and thankfully they were all keepers. The only other bites we had were a bluegill and a drum.
“We didn’t have a single fish in the livewell until around 10 o’clock,” Kleine continued. “We were throwing everything but the kitchen sink at them. We figured that we just had to slow down and start dragging jigs around. It was a grind all day. We tried to count to at least 15 seconds before we even moved the jig at all. That’s eventually how we got the bass to pick it up. We were mainly using Crock-O-Gator and Pig Sticker Jigs.”
Drew Schrader, a civil engineering major, said, “We were using darker crawfish colors. We mainly fished the jigs over rocks that were 15 to 20 feet deep.”
The partner group of Schrader and Kleine does not intend to fish the next event in the Central Conference, but they are planning to fish the Kentucky Lake tournament June 15.
Complete results can be found at CollegeFishing.com.
Three regular-season qualifying events are held in each conference – Central, Northern, Southeastern, Texas and Western.
College fishing is free to enter. 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.