The Kansas State Fishing Team is starting to prepare for our upcoming tournament season, which is just about ready to start. With 10 national-level tournaments scheduled in seven different states, we are going to be super busy. After studying maps and organizing and stocking up on important tackle this offseason, we are confident that we will have a successful year.
Sam Starr and Alex Fulkerson are the first anglers to compete this spring, fishing at Lake Dardanelle, Arkansas this coming weekend (March 1-2) against several other colleges at the Arkansas Tech Invitational. Fulkerson is very eager to get on the water after a long winter of tournament preparation. “I have been organizing all my important early spring lures, as well as coating all my rods, reels, and line with Dyna-Tek to enhance casting performance, increase sensitivity, and prevent guides from icing up.” quotes Fulkerson.
After Dardanelle, the team will be headed to Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri on March 16th to compete in the first FLW Central Regional Qualifier. Nathen Kozlowski and Lance Maldonado will be competing in this event. Besides tackle organization and map studying, these two have been trying their luck on local waters to keep their fishing abilities in their prime. Kozlowski says, “There is no better way to prepare for a tournament than getting on the water and fishing.”
Other anglers on the team are doing the same preparations for later events throughout the season. “We are all pumped to get on the water and compete. I think this will be another big year for the team” states Austin Twite, a junior majoring in Criminology.
Check back later to see re-caps from each event!
Sophomore, KSU Fishing Team