Fresno State Victorious At FLW College Championship
The winning team from Fresno State, Christopher Delgado and Kong Moua.Gary Mortenson/FLW
The Fresno State team of Kong Moua and Christopher Delgado won the National Guard FLW College Fishing Western Regional Championship Saturday with a three day total of 10 bass
weighing 23 pounds, 11 ounces.Fresno beat out their closest competitor, California Polytechnic, by 8 pounds, and was awarded a prize package worth $50,000 for the victory. The team will split up the prize between their university and the university?s bass fishing club - $12,500 and a Ranger 177TR with a 90-horsepower outboard wrapped in school colors for the bass club and $12,500 for their school.With the win, the duo also earned a spot in the National Guard FLW College Fishing National Championship next April, where they can compete for a top prize worth $100,000.?This is what dreams are made of, I?ve been so blessed,? said the senior history major Delgado. ?Kong and I make a great team and to be able to win like this is unbelievable.?The change in weather really shut down the fishing today,? Delgado went on to say. ?We really struggled and had to grind it out. We caught our first two fish within the first hour this morning and then nothing. We went to the same spot we were in yesterday, we weren?t about to leave the dog pound. Unfortunately we sat there so long we drained our battery. One of the high school teams had to ?escort? us in.?You really had to fish slow or go home this week,? Delgado continued. ?We were drop-shotting morning dawn and oxblood with red fleck in 35- to 60-feet of water. It was a tough week and I am so thankful for our 15-pound sack yesterday.?Exhausted and overwhelmed by their victory, the two are looking forward to their first trip to the National Guard FLW College Fishing National Championship next April.?This is unbelievable, I know how tough it is to come in third, my mind is blown right now,? said Moua a junior recreational management major. ?Today was a grind. We caught our two fish early and I lost two big ones that I thought would really hurt us. Thankfully our weight held up and we were able to pull out the win.?Rounding out the top five teams and also qualifying for the National Guard FLW College Fishing National Championship:2nd: California Polytechnic ? Scott Hellesen and Damian Bean, both of San Luis Obispo, Calif., eight bass, 15-11, $10,0003rd: Sacramento State ? Robert Matsuura, Sacramento, Calif., and Thomas Kanemoto, Elk Grove, Calif., nine bass, 14-3, $5,0004th: Chico State ? Thomas White, Fountain Valley, Calif., and Frank Vogt, Chico, Calif., six bass, 13-15, $5,0005th: Chico State ? Bo Harkins, Chico, Calif., and Anthony Dayton, Walnut Creek, Calif., eight bass, 13-4, $5,000Overall there were ten bass weighing 16 pounds, 15 ounces with zero five bass limits caught by the five teams.For a complete list of final standings, as well as regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, visit CollegeFishing.com.Click here
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