COLUMBIA — Scott Dooley and teammate Shelby Lovelace, a senior fisheries and wildlife major, won the College Bass North Super Regional title for University of Missouri. With a total weigh-in of 20.6 pounds, the team was more than nine pounds over the second-place team from Indiana University.
“It was pretty exciting to finally be able to seal the deal,” said Scott Dooley, a senior on the MU bass fishing team.
The competition was held on the Mississippi River near Fort Madison, Iowa. Teams started about 5:30am with roughly 175 miles of river they could potentially fish. Day one for Dooley and Lovelace helped give them their lead. With a five-fish daily limit, the team caught a total of about 25, choosing the heaviest five as they fished.
The second day was more stressful. After three hours without a bite, Dooley and Lovelace decided they needed a new spot. After finding another place, the boys’ luck came back when they caught three fish in 10 minutes.
With about 10 minutes until weigh-in, Dooley and Lovelace couldn’t get the motor in their boat to work.
“We could taste the victory,” said Dooley, “and then the motor wouldn’t start.”
They immediately flagged another competitor down to see if they would help. Lucky for them, fishermen in these competitions are very supportive and will go out of their way to help, explained Dooley.
The team from Iowa allowed Dooley, carrying the fish, to hop in their boat, and took him to the weigh-in on time. Lovelace waited in the Missouri boat for a tow.
“It was a great feeling initially,” said Lovelace, “but it didn’t sink in until later. I’m usually not the one standing up on the podium holding the fish, but this time we were.”