Local Competitors in College Fishing Event

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Published on March 7 2013 3:55 pm
Last Updated on March 7 2013 3:55 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

FLW College Fishing is headed to Lake of the Ozarks March 16 for the first of four stops in the Central Conference. Fifty college teams will be competing for a top award of $2,000 and a berth in the Central Conference Invitational tournament.

“It’s looking like its going to be cold,” said Chevy pro Dion Hibdon of Sunrise Beach, Mo. “We just recently got a couple of snowfalls and it has cooled the water temperature way down. But the fish bite pretty well here when it’s cold, so I don’t think that’s going to be a problem. Normally the cold weather doesn’t even bother the bite, but it’s the temperatures that will dictate what depths the fish are holding in.

“A lot of stuff can change based on the weather a few days before the tournament,” Hibdon continued. “A few sun-shining days can make a huge difference this time of year. It can move the bass up into 5 feet of water in the blink of an eye. But if it stays good and cold, they might be out there holding in 10 to 15 feet. If it does warm up a bit, those shallow fish are the ones that you want to be chasing. They are up there looking for something to eat. The tournament will probably be dominated by a crankbait and jerkbait bite.

“The lake is full of bass and it’s good anywhere you stop your boat,” Hibdon went on to say. “You just have to figure out the fish in that area. I believe the tournament can be won just about anywhere on the lake, and history has shown that quite frequently. It never surprises me where a tournament is won. My advice to anglers would be to just settle down and figure out the fish at a spot that looks good to you.”

Anglers will take off from the Grand Glaize Recreation Area located at 711 Public Beach Road in Osage Beach, Mo., at 7 a.m. Saturday. Weigh-in will be held at the takeoff site beginning at 1 p.m. Takeoff and weigh-in are free and open to the public.

Cody Hartke, Effingham and Lee Buehnerkemper, Teutopolis will compete for the Alder School of Professional Psychology.

Three regular-season qualifying events are held in each conference – Central, Northern, Southeastern, Texas and Western. The top 15 teams from each qualifying tournament will advance to one of five two-day FLW College Fishing Conference Invitational tournaments, where the first-place team wins $4,000 for their club. The top 10 teams from each Conference Invitational advance to the 2014 FLW College Fishing National Championship.

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.