I am pleased to announce that my partner and I were able to pull off the win at the National Guard College Fishing Northern Qualifier this past weekend on Kerr Lake in Henderson, North Carolina. Changing weather conditions and heavy fishing pressure provided for a very close finish with less than one pound separating the top four, we only edged out the second place team of Ohio State by a single ounce. However, we were able to adapt to the change in the weather and put together a 10lb 7oz bag by targeting wind blown secondary points with a drop-shot rig and a War Eagle spinnerbait, a 5 inch swimbait also provided several key bites and helped us cull some of our smaller fish. This win not only earned our club a check for $5,000 but it also qualified us for the Northern Conference Championship which will be held on Philpott Lake in Martinsville, Virginia on September 13-15.
If there are any other college anglers out there who would like to start competing at the collegiate level then I highly recommend you check out the National Guard FLW College Series. There are no entry fees, you do not have to own your own boat to compete, and it is very easy to get qualified. The only requirements are that you are an FLW outdoors member, a registered full-time student at a four year college or university, and a member of a bass fishing club that is recognized by your university. For more details on upcoming tournaments and how to register check out collegefishing.com.
Also, I urge any up and coming anglers who are looking for an inexpensive and maintenance free fishing platform to check out Xpress boats. The Hyper-Lift hull design provides the same smooth ride and top end speed of a performance fiberglass rig but with the ruggedness of an all-welded aluminum hull. The aluminum construction also means that your Xpress weighs much less than a fiberglass rig (A fully rigged X19 weighs approx. 850lbs less than a comparable fiberglass bass boat), which equates to better fuel economy and less stress on your tow vehicle. If you are looking to break into the collegiate fishing scene and need a reliable rig that you can manhandle but still want the performance of a full-size bass boat, check out Xpress boats and you will not be disappointed.