February 18, 2013 by Gary Mortenson
(Editor's note: Leading up to the 2013 FLW College Fishing National Championship - slated for April 19-21 on Beaver Lake in Rodgers, Ark. - CollegeFishing.com will publish weekly, in-depth features stories of each of the 25 national championship team qualifiers. At stake in the tournament is a first-place prize package that includes $30,000 in cash, a brand new, Ranger Z-117 bass boat and an automatic berth in the 2013 Forrest Wood Cup.)
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CollegeFishing.com: How were you introduced to fishing?
Laufenberg: I was introduced to fishing by taking family trips to the Mississippi River and drowning night crawlers.
Schollmeier: My dad used to take my brother and me out when we were little and I fell in love with it.
CollegeFishing.com: What style/method of fishing are you most comfortable with?
Laufenberg: Frog fishing or flipping grass.
Schollmeier: Flipping and finesse soft plastics.
CollegeFishing.com: What did it feel like to qualify for the 2013 FLW College Fishing National Championship? How do you plan to prepare for the big event?
Laufenberg: It felt amazing. I feel one step closer to realizing my life's goal of becoming a professional angler. We plan to spend our spring break testing the waters of Beaver Lake to prepare for this event. Watch out for WSU!
Schollmeier: It was amazing. It was surreal and it took a little while to set in. I plan on doing as much research as possible and spending as much time on the water as I can.
CollegeFishing.com: Tell us something interesting about yourself that most people wouldn't know.
Laufenberg: I'm allergic to peanuts, dogs, cats and have asthma, but none of these things keep me off the water!
Schollmeier: My right thumb is shorter than my left.