The Eastern Washington University fishing team took home the title at the FLW College Fishing Western Conference tournament on Lake Oroville near Chico in northern California on Saturday.
The EWU team was Jarred Walker of Moses Lake and Nick Barr of Lacey who caught five bass weighing 9 pounds-8 ounces, and earned the club $2,000, and also advances them to FLW College Fishing Western Conference Invitational tournament.
This was the first time they’d ever fished the lake according to Barr, who said their first bass was caught on a Yamamoto Hula grub followed by another hooked on a drop-shot Senko. The next three bass were landed on a drop-shot rig.
Top-five finishers were: 1, Eastern Washington University; 2, UC-Santa Cruz, Jason Coslovich, San Jose, Calif., and Tyler Brownell, San Diego, Calif., with five bass, 9-8, $1,000; 3, Oregon State University, Zach MacDonald, Willits, Calif., and Ryan Sparks, Haines, Alaska, with five bass, 8-11, $500; 5, Sacramento State, Thomas Kanemoto, Elk Grove, Calif., and Kyle Derbish, San Bernardino, Calif., with five bass, 8-8, $500; 5, UC-Davis, Christopher Beck, Diamond Springs, Calif., and Michael Manas, Carmel Valley, Calif., with five bass, 8-8, $500.
The top 15 teams advance to the FLW College Western Conference qualifying tournament is Feb. 23 at Lake Roosevelt in Roosevelt, Arizona.
The top 10 teams from each Conference Invitational advance to the 2014 FLW College Fishing National Championship.
(Photo courtesy of Nick Barr with a pair of bass he caught in a tourney last year.)