“I wanted this so bad,” said Moua. “It was the last tournament of the year and we were just trying to make it to the regional championship. I’ve lost my voice from screaming while pulling in those monsters.”
“We had winds around 30 miles per hour, so we battled that all day,” said Davidian. “We managed to get a couple of nice keepers in the boat.”
The team’s “nice keepers” included a 5-pound and an 11-pound fish. Davidian said the 5-pounder came on a Texas-rigged Zoom Brush Hog and the 11-pounder fell for a red-on-red spinnerbait with red blades. The other two keepers were taken on a soft plastic stickbait.
Rounding out the top five teams were Sacramento State’s Stephen Lesieur of Rancho Murieta and Matthew Paul of Loomis; Sacramento State’s Alec Brassington of Roseville and Christopher Wong of Sacramento; University of Oregon’s Ross Richards and Reed Frazier, both of Eugene; and Humboldt State’s Hideaki Kubo of Eureka and J.D. Jones of Arcata.
FLW Outdoors announced the College Fishing trail in May of 2008. The entire schedule, organized around the five Stren Series Divisions, can be found by visiting < a href="http://www.collegefishing.com">www.collegefishing.com, along with rules, requirements and information on how to create a bass club.
Full-time students enrolled in four-year colleges or universities are eligible to participate in the events. Schools can send two-person teams to each of the four qualifying events in their division. Each event is limited to a maximum of 40 teams. Each team has the opportunity to win $10,000 for first and $2,000 through fifth place. Prize money is split evenly between the winning team’s club and the school it represents. The tournaments are free to enter, boats and drivers are provided and all collegiate teams receive a travel allowance.
The top five teams in each qualifying event advance to one of five televised three-day National Guard FLW College Fishing Regional Championships, a three-day televised event hosting the top five teams from each regional – 25 teams in all. Teams will be provided shirts and wrapped Ranger boats towed by Chevy trucks for the competition. The purse for the championship ranges from $25,000 cash and a Ranger 177TR with a 90-horsepower Evinrude or Yamaha outboard wrapped in school colors for the winning club, and $50,000 for the school it represents to $15,000 for fifth, split between the club and school.
The winning team will be declared the National Guard FLW Collegiate National Champion and will qualify for the $2.5 million Forrest Wood Cup presented by BP and Castrol in 2010. The winners will also receive use of a wrapped boat and Chevy truck for the Forrest Wood Cup.