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California college bass teams do well at tourney
Mustangs, Otters lead the rest

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The best athletic team at Cal-State Monterey Bay may be it’s bass fishing team.

Two California teams on Feb. 19 finished among the top five at the College Fishing Western Division Event on Lake Roosevelt in Arizona – one of them were the Otters from CSUMB.

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo finished third and CSU, Monterey finished fourth in the 35 team event.

The partners from Cal Poly – Scott Hellesen and Damian Bean – caught five bass weighing 9.5 pounds to earn $2,000. Five hundred goes to the school and $1,500 to the bass club. Dave Hamblin and Matthew Diaz of Monterey Bay earned the same amount for their 8.13 catch.

The winner of the event was the University of Oregon with 12 pounds. Arizona State was second at 9.13.

Other California college teams placing well were Chico State (8th), Humboldt Sate (10th).

Sacramento State had five teams entered in the event. Other California bass teams competing included San Jose State, CSU, Long Beach, Sonoma State and Fresno State.

The next FLW College Fishing event is May 7 on the Delta and will be launched from Stockton. The 2010 National Guard FLW College Fishing National Championship will be held April 7-9, 2011, on Kentucky Lake and hosted by Murray State University in Murray, Ky. The winning team will qualify for the 2011 Forrest Wood Cup, which will be held Aug. 11-14, 2011, on Lake Ouachita in Hot Springs, Ark.

Full-time students at four-year institutions with a bass-fishing club are eligible to compete. There is no entry fee, boats are provided – though a club may choose to use its own boat – and each team receives a travel allowance. Each qualifying event will accept up to 40 teams, with the top five teams from each division advancing to their respective regional championship. The top five teams from each regional championship advance to the national championship. The team that takes home the national championship title qualifies for the Forrest Wood Cup.



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