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FLW College Fishing

LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. (Aug. 5, 2012) – As a last minute entry the team of Andrew Jackson and Patrick Snellings from Virginia Tech, won the National Guard FLW College Fishing Northern Conference event on the Ohio River/Tanners Creek, Saturday with five bass weighing 7 pounds, 4 ounces. The victory earned the team $5,000. The win also helped them advance to the Northern Conference Championship.
       Under overcast skies with on and off light showers the team worked wooded structure to scratch out a limit on the Ohio River.
      “We stayed in Tanners Creek all day,” said Snellings a senior in fisheries science. “We knew the river was a tough place to fish and we didn’t know the fishery at all so we decided to stay close. We stayed in a small area, probably ½-mile section, and just picked it apart. We targeted every shelf and log we could find and were able to scratch out a limit. We had about 10 keepers all day, but it was a grind. We didn’t have our fifth bass until about 11 a.m.
      “We started drop-shotting Zipper worms and then switched to weightless Texas rigs and threw a couple of topwater baits as well,” continued Snellings. “I think the thing that made the difference was that we stayed focused and didn’t give-up on our area.
      With the Northern Conference Championship on Philpott Lake, an hour and a half from Blacksburg, the Hokie team wanted to do everything they could to make the conference championship. Without being officially entered in Saturday’s tournament the team packed up their boat and headed to Lawrenceburg hoping they would be allowed in the tournament. As luck would have it and thanks to a few teams that decided not to make the trip, Virginia Tech was allowed to fish.
      “This was the best day that you could have catching 7 ½- pounds,” said Jackson, a sophomore in agricultural technology. “It was tough, but we were able to grind it out. I’ll be glad to come back. We are pretty excited.”
      College Fishing is free to enter.  
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