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McKendree University Gets a Second Chance; fish bit twice, seals the win

 

 

In terms of competitive bass fishing, you can’t force a win; when it’s meant to happen, it will. Such was the case for the accomplished college bass team at McKendree University. Through a competitive career spanning four years, numerous members of the Bearcat crew had scored high finishes at major college events. Yet none had pulled off a Bassmaster College Series Regional win.

 

Until now.

 

 

Video tell the story of the fish that bit twice.

 

 

 

Thanks to a monster stringer the final day of the Midwest Regional at Lake of the Ozarks, the team of Jacob Louis and JT Russell successfully brought home the champion’s trophy to McKendree University. After jumping out to an early lead in the opening round, Louis and

Russell were natural favorites to place well. However, a bit of good fortune may deserve some credit in the final outcome.

 

Louis and Russell beat out the hard-charging team of Colin Cropp and Louie Dazzo, from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Crop and Dazzo credited St. Croix’s new Bass-X Series of rods for their second-place finish.

 

 

 

 

Members of the McKendree University bass team have always been strong proponents of the St. Croix scholastic program, as well. In fact, another McKendree team – Brock Wilke and Brady Faust – used Legend Tournament models to haul in over 22-pounds the final day of the Ozark event, and place fourth.

 

This year, McKendree will join top high school and college bass teams in a newly-expanded, St. Croix sponsorship program, designed to ensure their athlete’s move forward with the best rod building technology in the palms of their hands. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About St. Croix Rod

St. Croix Rod is a family-owned and managed manufacturer of high-performance fishing rods headquartered in Park Falls, Wisconsin with a 68-year heritage of USA manufacturing. Utilizing proprietary technologies, St. Croix controls every step of the rod-making process, from conception and design to manufacturing and inspection, in two company-owned facilities. The company offers a complete line of premium, American-made fly, spinning and casting rods under their Legend Elite®, Legend® Xtreme, Legend Tournament®, Avid Series®, Premier®, Wild River®, Tidemaster®, Imperial® and other trademarks through a global distribution network of full-service fishing tackle dealers. The company’s mid-priced Triumph®, Mojo Bass/Musky/Inshore/Surf, Eyecon® and Rio Santo series rods are designed and engineered in Park Falls, Wisconsin and built in a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Fresnillo, Mexico. Founded in 1948 to manufacture jointed bamboo fishing poles for a Minneapolis hardware store chain, St. Croix has grown to become the largest manufacturer of fishing rods in North America.

 

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