The National Guard FLW College Fishing National Championship on Lake Murray is a team event. Twenty-five teams from across the country competed in 20 qualifying events and five conference championship tournaments, and the top five teams from each conference competed for the title of national champion in this prestigious three-day nationally televised event. Teams go through the grueling season in the hopes of sharing the spotlight and title of national champion with their teammate.
However, the Kansas State University team of Ryan Patterson of Goddard, Kan., wasn’t much of a team. Patterson’s teammate and brother transferred from Kansas State, so Patterson fished the championship event alone. And he didn’t even weigh a five-bass limit of fish every day. And he did the unthinkable by claiming the title of national champion.
On Sunday Patterson weighed five bass for 18 pounds, 1 ounce for a three-day total of 14 bass weighing 46-15 to claim the national championship title. Patterson took the title by 2 pounds, 4 ounces. For his efforts, Patterson received $50,000 cash, aRanger 177TR with a 90-horsepower engine for his school’s bass club and $25,000 for Kansas State University.
Patterson said his equipment was “crucial” to his victory. He used G Loomis swimbait rods in a 7-foot, 1-inch version and a 7-foot, 3-inch version, Shimano Chronarch reels, 14-pound-test Sunline Fluorocarbon, YUM Money Minnows with a Lazer Trokar hook and Zoom Flukes with a Lazer Trokar hook.