UD Fishing Club Places in Top 10

Apr 13, 2016 | Stacey Ortman

DUBUQUE, Iowa – The University of Dubuque Fishing Club has “reeled in” top placements.

Austin Brimeyer, a senior from Dubuque, Iowa, and Brian Goebel, a sophomore from Gratiot, Wisconsin, placed fourth in the FLW College Fishing Central Conference opener on Table Rock Lake in Kimberling City, Missouri, on April 9. The students had five bass weighing 15 pounds, 11 ounces.

“It was an awesome experience to go down and compete against local schools on unfamiliar waters and place fourth out of 115 boats,” said Brimeyer, club president.

The team’s fourth place finish, the highest so far this year, netted the club $500 and catapulted them to the 2017 FLW National Championships, which will take place in March or April next year.

The UD Fishing Club is currently in ninth place in the 2016 Cabela’s School of the Year race, competing against 300 schools from across the United States. The race ends late July.

“We have never finished in the Top 10, and it’s very difficult to compete against larger schools with more fishermen and against the best talent in college fishing across the U.S.,” Brimeyer said.

The Association of Collegiate Anglers designed Cabela’s School of the Year program to rank and reward collegiate fishing teams that compete with the ACA in the Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series as well as select national Carhartt College B.A.S.S. and FLW events.

The University of Alabama is in first place with 1,481 points, followed by Mississippi State with 1,466 points, and Bryan College with 1,452 points. UD, in ninth, has 1,267 points.

“By doing so well gives us the opportunity to show how important fishing is to people and what the potential of this club can be,” Brian said.

The UD Fishing Club’s next tournament is the FLW College Fishing Central Conference closer on the Mississippi River in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, on July 9.