PLATTSBURGH — The Shippensburg University team of Kevin Hollasch of Shippensburg, Pa., and Hunter Chamberlin of Marriotsville, Md., won the FLW College Fishing Northern Conference event on Lake Champlain Saturday with five bass weighing 17 pounds, 15 ounces. The victory earned the club $2,000 and advanced the team to the FLW College Fishing Northern Conference Invitational tournament.
After winning the FLW College Fishing Northern Conference event on the Potomac River, Hollasch and Chamberlin felt no pressure on Lake Champlain. “We took a gamble and went up north,” said Hollasch. “With the rough waters I don’t think a lot of other teams did that. We basically just went all-in on our spots up there and it paid off.”
Hollasch and Chamberlin weighed three largemouth and two smallmouth, fishing rocks and weeds in 8 to 15 feet of water. “We started off the day and we were going to target smallmouth, but once we got up there and saw the conditions we figured we’d just go and work shallow.” The spur-of-the-moment change worked to the tune of a 5-3 largemouth and a win by more than three pounds.
The pair said they exclusively fished a Senko on a drop-shot rig with Trokar hooks and Elite Tungsten weights and didn’t lose a fish all day.
Three regular-season qualifying events are held in each conference – Central, Northern, Southeastern, Texas and Western. The top 15 teams from each qualifying tournament will advance to one of five two-day FLW College Fishing Conference Invitational tournaments, where the first-place team wins $4,000 for their club. The top 10 teams from each Conference Invitational advance to the 2014 FLW College Fishing National Championship.
College Fishing is free to enter. All participants must be registered, full-time undergraduate students at a four-year college or university and members of a fishing club recognized by their college or university.