Collegiate anglers take house $2,000 and different prizes in winner-take-all problem

FLIPPIN, Ark. (November 6, 2017) – Sloan Pennington and Hunter McCarty, collegiate anglers from the College of North Alabama, received the Ranger Cup College Group of the Yr Problem in a winner-take-all, made-for-TV occasion on Texas’ Lake Fairfield. The event, which utilized a guidelines format the place all authorized fish are weighed and launched from the boat, pitted the North Alabama anglers towards a staff from Kansas State College.

Pennington and McCarty certified for the expense-paid competitors by profitable the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship introduced by Cabela’s at Pickwick Lake. The duo topped Kansas State College anglers Travis Blenn and Kyle Aslop, who certified for the occasion by profitable the YETI FLW School Fishing Nationwide Championship on Wheeler Lake. This marked the primary time in this system’s historical past the place each qualifiers have been the present nationwide champions from their respective trails.

Each groups confronted the daunting process of touchdown as many authorized fish (over 14 inches) as doable in a single day to take the title. With no expertise or apply time on the lake, a stiff 25 mph wind created much more difficulties for each groups.

“It was a straight-line wind coming proper up the lake,” stated Pennington. “It was extraordinarily onerous to do something. There weren’t actually any locations to cover and get out of the wind. It was a troublesome day of fishing.”

With none earlier expertise on Lake Fairfield, the staff used maps to find locations they felt would maintain fish. The primary cease yielded a few fish by flipping a frog however the chunk all of the sudden stopped.

“Entering into blind, we went to the riprap as a result of it had all the fitting substances, together with bait,” stated Pennington. “We have been fishing reeds and scattered hydrilla. Our first chunk was on flipping so we thought we have been about to get on a flipping sample. We could have caught another fish after which it simply died.”

After consulting the map, the duo headed to new areas that regarded promising however failed to search out any fish or bait. The staff headed again to their first location because it was the one place that produced.

“These different locations didn’t pan out so we went again to the primary spot, which was the one place we discovered bait,” stated Pennington. “I knew there can be fish across the bait, we have been simply going to must determine them out.”

The anglers situated the bait once more but it surely was unfold wherever from eight to 20 toes of water.

“I received on the underside of the boat and tied on a crankbait,” stated Pennington. “That was the deal. Our fish got here wherever from 6 to 20 toes. You may see the fish on the graph. They have been streaking, chasing the bait. We didn’t count on to be deep cranking. We had a few crankbaits and one cranking rod. As soon as we discovered our sample, all of our fish got here from deeper water.”

With excessive winds, discovering fish was tough however getting across the uneven lake was straightforward, as each groups fished from model new Ranger RT198 boat outfitted with a Garmin EchoMap unit and a 150-horsepower Yamaha outboard.

“The water was insanely tough however that boat dealt with very well,” stated Pennington. “We by no means took a wave over the bow. I’ve by no means been in an aluminum boat with that a lot energy behind it. Every thing about it’s good for inexperienced persons and skilled anglers.”

Pennington and McCarty’s win over Kansas State marks back-to-back collegiate championship wins for the College of North Alabama. The staff received $2,000 in addition to bragging rights for his or her college. For competing within the problem, each taking part groups acquired a grand-prize package deal that included journey, lodging and meals.

The made-for-TV fish off might be televised nationally on future episodes of “Americana Outside” and the “Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Sequence.”

Modeled after Ranger Cup, probably the most profitable contingency rewards within the trade, Ranger Cup College is the primary program designed completely for collegiate anglers and is open to these fishing in both FLW- or BoatUS-affiliated competitions. Signup is free, no matter which model of boat the anglers personal. To stay certified in this system, anglers want solely adhere to clothes and brand necessities. As a part of the Ranger Cup College program, contributors will have the ability to obtain specifically discounted event gear by means of Gemini Customized Attire, with no paintings or set-up charges. Via this partnership, Ranger Cup College anglers should buy absolutely personalized event jerseys for as little as $48.

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