Drew Fleming of Hamburg and Trey Rainwater of Bastrop, Louisiana, caught five bass weighing a total of 11 pounds, 4 ounces at the Walmart-sponsored FLW College Fishing Southern Conference Tournament on the Ouachita River last week and will represent the UAM College of Technology-Crossett at the 2017 College Fishing National Championship Tournament May 31 through June 2, 2017 on Wheeler Lake in Florence, Alabama.
Ten teams will compete in the national tournament. In addition to Rainwater and Fleming, teams from Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Stephen F. Austin, Arkansas Tech, Harding, East Texas Baptist, Northwestern State, Dallas Baptist, and two teams from Louisiana-Monroe will take part in the three-day event.
The Ouachita River tournament was the third and final regular-season qualifying tournament in the Southern Conference. FLW College Fishing teams competed in regular-season qualifying tournaments in one of five conferences – Central, Northern, Southern, Southeastern and Western.
The top 10 teams from each division’s three regular-season tournaments and the top 15 teams from the annual FLW College Fishing Open will advance to the 2017 FLW College Fishing National Championship.
College Fishing is free to enter. All participants must be registered, full-time students at a college, university or community college and members of a college fishing club.