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Florida Gators Win First FLW College Fishing Champ

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Jake Gipson & Matthew Wercinski of the University of Florida won the first ever FLW National Guard College Fishing National Championship today on Lakes Loudon and Tellico near Knoxville, Tenn. The team won $100,000 to be split between their school and their fishing club. As a result both anglers will be fishing in the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Lanier this August. They also each won $2,500 gift cards to Cabela’s and $500 from Ranger through the Ranger Cup program.

They caught their fish pitching and casting jigs. They had a three-day weight of 29 pounds, 10 ounces. They were way behind on day one. They made a big comeback on day two and added 7 pounds, 11 ounces today to take the title.

“Me and my partner Jake will remember this for the rest of our lives,” Wercinski said.

“A couple administrators called us and said that we like championships as the University of Florida, so we hope you can give us another one,” Gipson said. “I hope they are proud of us now!”