Club fishing tandem seeks top five finish at nationals

Three days. $100,000 in prize money at stake.

This is what the men’s club fishing duo of seniors Jordan Truttschel and Tyler Netzer will be fighting for when they face off against 24 other teams at the FLW College Fishing National Championships Thursday through Saturday on Kentucky/Barkley lakes in Hardin, Ky.

The team qualified for the tournament after a top five finish in the Central Regional tournament and regional qualifier last year.

Truttschel and Netzer will try to match their bass catching talents with multiple Division I universities, including defending national champion Florida University.

“Our expectation in this tournament is to definitely place in the top five,” Truttschel said.

If the pair is in the top five after the first two days of fishing, that will guarantee them a spot on the finals Saturday and assure them of winning prize money.

Although the two are at a disadvantage as they’ve fished in a cold weather climate for most of the winter, they took steps over spring break to try to get ahead of the competition.

The club took a trip to Kentucky/Barkley lakes in order to give Truttschel and Netzer an advantage.

“We definitely found where the fish are,” Truttschel said. “We get one pre-fishing day to see if our spots are still good.”

The pair also recently took second at the Lake of the Ozarks in Osage Beach, Mo., in early March, which was the qualifier for the 2012 national championships.

Netzer said he and Truttschel will do whatever they can to bring a top-five finish to UW-Whitewater.

“We haven’t finished out of the top five in any of these events yet,” Netzer said. “That gives us a pretty good chance … if we work together, anything could happen.”