Ryan Patterson of Kansas State used a 46-pound, 15-ounce catch to win the 2012 National Guard FLW College Fishing National Championship.
(Photo used with permission from FLW)
Photographer: Gary Mortenson
MANHATTAN, Kansas (AP) - Kansas State junior Ryan Patterson has a fishing story he'll be able to brag about for the rest of his life.
Despite fishing by himself, Patterson, of Goddard, defeated 25 teams at the National Guard FLW College Fishing National Championship last weekend in South Carolina.
He was a one-man team because his brother and teammate transferred from Kansas State before the event. The 14 bass he caught over three days weighed a total of 46 pounds, 1 ounce, giving him the title by 2 pounds, 4 ounces.
Patterson won $50,000, a boat for his school's bass club and $25,000 for Kansas State University.
KAKE-TV reports ( http://bit.ly/J9WniD ) Patterson will next compete in August in the Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing.
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