FLW College Fishing Western Regionals Reflection

The FLW College Fishing Western Regionals, concluded on Saturday with the hometown team of Sacramento State winning the three day event on Lake Folsom. This was the second year in a row my partner Ross Richards and I qualified and fished the regional tournament. We ended up in 13th place after the second day, after a very dissapointing and humbling day on the water. Going into the tournament we certainly knew it was going to be tough, as Folsom definitely carries a reputation for throwing even the best anglers into fits. After a solid prefish day and a good start on day one, we quickly learned why so many have nothing but bad words for Folsom lake. We stuck to our spots, marked active fish, bait balls and carried out our previous succesfull strategies from the first two days, on top of downsizing our line from 8lb to 6lb, only to not get a single bite the entire day. While we couldn’t come up with any real reason for why the bite shut off for us, besides that being the nature of Folsom, we learned after that it’s necessary to come into any tournament at Folsom with 20-30 spots in mind. Lack of preperation definitely hurt us in this one, as I was the only one able to prefish before the tournament, and only so for one day. Overall I came away with more confidence in using the graph and fishing and identifying deep water humps. FLW and National Guard has provided us with a great opportunity the last couple years, and for that I thank them. I also want to thank all the volunteer observors for a great time out on the water, specially Gary Jones for breaking out the Oregon football shirt, as well as my brother for keeping everyone following my site updated during the tournament. Congrats to all the Western National Championship qualifiers, I hope you guys do us proud out on Kentucky Lake! Next up for myself and the OBT, is a civil war tournament vs Oregon State on Saturday the 23rd on the Willamette River out of Newberg.

For results, photos and more information on the tournament, see FLW College Fishing

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