YSU anglers head to conference fishing tourney

YSU fishermen

YSU students Charles Cremeans and Zach Alcorn show off their catch at the FLW College Fishing Northern Potomac River tournament earlier this summer.

Penguins have always been good at catching fish, and two Youngstown State University students are proving that true this summer.

Charles Cremeans of Newtown Falls, Ohio, and Zach Alcorn of New Philadelphia, Ohio, both majoring in special education at YSU and both members of the YSU Penguin Bass Fishing Club, placed second out of 50 teams of college students in the FLW College Fishing Northern Potomac River tournament earlier this summer.

The performance qualifies the Cremeans-Alcorn team for the FLW College Fishing Northern Conference Invitational tournament Sept. 14 and 15 in the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. If they finish in the top 10 teams in the conference invitational tournament, they will advance to the 2014 FLW College Fishing National Championship.

“We had a great fishing day,” Cremeans said about the Potomac River contest, where they caught five bass weighing 11 pounds, 10 ounces. “We made the cut and moved on.”

The team won $1,000.

FLW, named after the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest L. Wood, is a premier tournament fishing organization. FLW College Fishing teams annually compete in four qualifying events in one of five conferences – Central, Northern, Southern, Southeastern and Western.

Cremeans, a native of Newton Falls, Ohio, said he has been competing in bass fishing tournaments for several years. Cremeans and Alcorn started the YSU Bass Fishing Club this spring after learning the FLW had a tournament circuit for college teams. The club now has about six members, Alcorn said. The club’s first competition was at Smith Mountain Lake in Huddleston, Va., in April, and the team finished eighth.