Sacramento State’s bass fishing team had to overcome some adversity on their way to victory in the National Guard FLW College Fishing Western Regional Championship Oct. 9.
Fishing was held at Folsom Lake with the weigh-ins at Sacramento State.
Peter Lee and Robert Matsuura netted a total of $50,000 in prizes. The club will receive a Ranger fishing boat worth $25,000, and $25,000 in cash will be donated to the University, all thanks to a three-day total of 29 pounds 2 ounces, just 2 ounces ahead of runner-up Chico State.
But that victory seemed far from assured when the day started.
After leading Thursday and Friday, Lee and Matsuura hit the water Saturday and within 10 minutes Lee had hooked a whopper – his partner. During one of his first casts, Lee hit Matsuura in the back of the scalp with a three-hook lure.
It seemed the day might be over before it even began, but after heading back to shore, Matsuura had some of the offending metal cut away and headed back out on the lake with two hooks still firmly lodged in the back of his head.
“It wasn’t like a little cast, I was trying to whip it out there,” Lee told the crowd at Saturday’s weigh-in. “I hooked him pretty good.”
“I’m pretty happy right now,” Matsuura said. With a sidelong look at Lee, he joked, “I still owe him a big one.”
The triumph capped a three-day bass festival at Sacramento State that included live music, games and National Guard activities.
Sacramento State Sport Clubs Coordinator Rich Clakeley says the team’s win was icing on the cake of a successful tournament. “This was a win for Sac State, hosting this tournament.” He noted that the fishing club has grown from eight to 55 members in the last couple of years.
For Lee and Matsuura, the victory means a trip to Kentucky Lake in April 2011 for the national finals.
The tournament was covered by the Versus cable network and will be presented Nov. 14.
More details on the tournament are available at http://www.collegefishing.com/tournament.cfm?tid=6533&t=news. For media assistance, call Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.