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BEMIDJI, Minn. —August 3, 2017--Ninety of the best collegiate student/angler teams representing 59 of the nation’s universities will meet for the 2017 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops, August 10-12 on Minnesota’s Lake Bemidji.

College anglers can compete in one of five regionals and in a wild card qualifier for the opportunity to advance to the national championship.

After three days of championship competition, the best team will be crowned national champions.

Bemidji State University and Visit Bemidji will join with B.A.S.S. as the host of this prestigious competition.

“Both here at Bemidji State and across the community, people are truly proud and excited to welcome these collegiate anglers,” said Scott Faust, director of communications and marketing for BSU. “It’s an honor to share the quality of our fishing and the beauty of northern Minnesota.”

From there, the Top 4 teams will advance to the College Bracket to be held at an undisclosed location, Aug. 14-16. At that point, team members will fish solo and be pitted against one another in a bracket-style, win-and-advance competition.

The eight anglers will vie for a berth into the 2018 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods, scheduled for South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell, March 16-18.

“Visit Bemidji is excited to partner with B.A.S.S. and Bemidji State University for the 2017 Bassmaster College Series National Championship,” said Susan Goudge, executive director for Visit Bemidji. “The event will be second to none with our university campus being located on the shores of beautiful Lake Bemidji.”

Goudge said the scenic lakes and local amenities provide an ideal venue for the nation’s top college anglers.

“Lake Bemidji and area lakes are naturally connected to multiple waterways that include the Mississippi River,” she said. “Bemidji, First City on the Mississippi, looks forward to welcoming the fishing teams, families and B.A.S.S. staff to our beautiful community. And, we’d like to wish the best of luck to all the young anglers.”

Following the tournament briefing Tuesday night, Yamaha Pro Night will take place when several of the stars on the Bassmaster Elite Series will offer seminars. Pros will include Minnesota native Seth Feider, Dustin Connell, Josh Bertrand, Justin Lucas and 2017 Classic champion and former college champion Jordan Lee.

Lee will also be the keynote speaker during Sponsor Night, which is set to take place Wednesday evening before official competition kicks off Thursday morning.

The 2012 Bassmaster college champion Matt Lee, the older brother of Jordan Lee, said fishing at the college level and winning the national championship helped mold and prepare him for a career as pro angler on the Elite Series.

“I sat there in the briefing before the 2012 college championship began, and I was thinking about how difficult it would be to win that tournament,” Matt said. “But I was ready for it, and it was a dream come true to actually win it. That time really prepared me to make smart decisions on the water, interact with the media and fans and what it meant to be a champion.”

Matt also said finishing college is paramount.

“As much as I wanted to skip out on finishing school and start fishing the Bassmaster Opens working for an Elite invite, earning my degree was critical,” he said. “You never know what life is going to throw your way, and having a degree will lay the groundwork for a successful life regardless if you decide to fish as a pro or not.”

For more information, visit Bassmaster.com/college.

Courtesy of BASS Communications.


 
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OSAGE BEACH, Mo. (April 3, 2017) – The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater duo of Jared Mataczynski of Wausau, Wisconsin, and Steve Nebel of Whitewater, Wisconsin, won the YETI FLW College Fishing Central Conference tournament on Lake of the Ozarks Saturday with a five-bass limit weighing 19 pounds, 5 ounces. The victory earned the Wisconsin-Whitewater bass club $2,000 and the team will now advance to compete at the 2018 FLW College Fishing National Championship.

“It’s awesome to finally get a win,” said Nebel, a senior majoring in business. “Jared and I have been fishing together all four years of our college career, but we haven’t had the right breaks that we needed to put it all together and get a win. We thought this tournament was going to be an umbrella rig slugfest, so we’re pretty excited to finally qualify for the FLW National Championship.”

 “It was a crazy day,” said Mataczynski, a senior majoring in entrepreneurship. “Since we’re from Wisconsin, we don’t have much experience with fishing umbrella rigs. But, after doing our research before the tournament we knew that was going to be the deal.”

The duo said that they caught their winning limit by fishing what they called “channel swing bluff wall ends”, where the bluff wall ended as it narrowed into a cove. They said that they fished umbrella rigs all day, rigged with Keitech Swing Impact FAT swimbaits. They used 3.8-inch swimbaits on the outside and a 4.8-inch swimbait that they had dipped in chartreuse dye in the middle, to trigger the bites on that swimbait.

“We wanted the bass to hit that bait, because that was one that had one of the three hooks allowed in it,” Nebel said. “We dipped the tail in chartreuse to differentiate it from the others.

“The majority of our pattern was all new water,” Nebel continued. “We just ran the lake and fished different channel swing bluff walls. We ran probably 20 different spots and caught six keepers – about one an hour.”

“The key for us was just trying something different,” Mataczynski, went on to say. “A lot of the bluffs we were fishing did not have a ledge or a shelf, just a steep wall. We tried them anyways and managed to catch some good fish there.”

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

 


 
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LUFKIN, Texas (Feb. 6, 2017) – The Sam Houston State University team of Dillon Harrell of New Caney, Texas, and Dustin Moreno of Shepherd, Texas, won the YETI FLW College Fishing Southern Conference opener on Sam Rayburn Reservoir Saturday with five bass weighing 22 pounds, 3 ounces. The victory earned the club a $2,000 club scholarship and advanced the team to the 2018 FLW College Fishing National Championship.

“Dillon and I have been fishing together since we were 8-years-old,” said Moreno, a senior majoring in business. “We’ve always talked about competing like this when we were growing up, so this win feels like it has been a long time coming.”

“At 12 members, our bass club at Sam Houston is pretty small,” said Harrell, a sophomore majoring in agricultural business. “We’ve placed at college tournaments before, but have never won. I’d love to see this club grow to 30 members within the next couple of years and this win will definitely help.”

Harrell said the two primarily fished hydrilla and secondary points in 4 to 8 feet of water throughout the event. They said they ran through multiple areas, including locations near Mud Creek and the Highway 147 bridge.

“When we pulled up to our first area we found a lot of boat traffic from another tournament,” said Harrell. “We thought we could get a quick limit there, but only caught two fish. We targeted schooling fish and grinded out a limit at our second stop by 11 a.m.”

Moreno said they used a shad-colored 6th Sense Snatched 70 X Lipless Crankbait to catch their initial limit.

“Around 2 p.m., we focused on a secondary point and caught two bass that were close to 7 pounds apiece on an umbrella rig with Xcite Baits swimbaits,” said Moreno. “We culled out our two smallest fish and on the very next cast I caught a 4-pounder. We went from 12 pounds to 24 pounds in 15 minutes.”

“I’ve never seen anything like that,” said Harrell. “I’ve fished in those areas for a lot of tournaments, but I’ve never doubled my weight in a matter of minutes. It was ridiculous.”

FLW also advances one additional team to the National Championship for every 10 teams over 100 that compete.

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

This YETI FLW College Fishing Southern Conference opener was the first regular-season qualifying tournament of 2017. The next event for Southern Conference anglers is a tournament scheduled for May 6 on Fort Gibson Lake in Wagoner, Oklahoma.

YETI FLW College Fishing teams compete in three regular-season qualifying tournaments in one of five conferences – Central, Northern, Southern, Southeastern and Western. The top ten teams from each division’s three regular-season tournaments, along with an additional qualifier for every 10 teams over 100 that compete, along with the top 20 teams from the annual YETI FLW College Fishing Open will advance to the 2018 FLW College Fishing National Championship.

College Fishing is free to enter. All participants must be registered, full-time students at a college, university or community college and members of a college fishing club that is recognized by their school.

Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.


 
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Jan. 28, 2017 LUFKIN, Texas — Travis McGuire and Layne Bynum of Texas Tech University caught their second consecutive 28-pound limit to win the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Central Regional presented by Bass Pro Shops on Sam Rayburn Reservoir.
 
The Red Raider teammates tallied a three-day Carhartt College Series record of 69 pounds, 8 ounces to win by a whopping margin of 12-1 over the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
 
Persistence paid off for the Texas anglers as they toughed it out on one primary offshore spot, waiting for waves of big bass to funnel into the area for the duration of the tournament. McGuire and Bynum didn’t give up or hang their heads after a humbling 12-14 on Thursday’s competition day had them mired in 48th place.
 
“We were catching them when they were moving up to feed before they head to spawn,” McGuire said. “Those big fish always go deeper for the winter so we wanted to position ourselves where they were headed.”

The victors fished what they called a “highway,” which is what anglers refer to when an area has attributes that fish desire for prespawn and postspawn conditions. There is always a wave of fish moving deeper to the area or pulling up shallower during that transition. They picked apart that highway with four baits throughout the three-day event.
 
A big contributor was a Strike King 6XD deep-diving crankbait. They also used a football head jig, a swimbait and a Carolina rig.
 
After struggling Thursday, they stayed with their gameplan because they knew the quality was there and they could see them on their electronics. It paid off bigtime as they caught the Bass Pro Shops Nitro Big Bag, which weighed 28-10 Friday and was worth a $250 gift card to Bass Pro Shops. The catch was anchored by the 10-2 Carhartt Big Bass, which also garnered the team a $500 Carhartt gift card.
 
They utilized the second biggest bag of the event to pull away and take the victory over the first-day leaders Tyler Craig and Spencer Lambert of Louisiana-Monroe.
 
They took a different approach to their second-place finish, as they focused on a ditch that was filled with hydrilla and plenty of bass. Every morning Craig and Lambert would load the boat with eight to 10 bass on a red lipless crankbait.
 
“I think those fish were pulling up at night and feeding in that ditch,” Craig said. “I found that spot two weeks ago and caught 12 or 13 fish and decided to leave it alone because it would probably be good this week.”
 
Thursday was the first day of the cold front and it paid big dividends for the duo, as they landed an 8-pounder and a 6-pounder to anchor their 24-8 limit.
 
“I don’t know what would’ve happened if it stayed warm during the tournament,” Lambert said. “But I think the really cold evenings stopped the bigger females from pulling up from deeper water into the area.”
 
The giant size may not have cooperated for them Friday and Saturday, but there were plenty of solid bass to sift through as they built a consistent mid- to upper teens weight.
 
Tyler Rivet and Cameron Naquin of Nicholls State University took third place, Colt Benedict and Reed Foster of Dallas Baptist University placed fourth and Lawrence Kuznik and Dakota Moore of Louisiana-Lafayette placed fifth.
 
Courtesy of BASS Communications.


 
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Collegiate anglers take home $2,000 and other prizes in winner-take-all challenge

FLIPPIN, ARK (November 1, 2016) Colby Harville and John Maner, collegiate anglers from the University of North Alabama, won the Ranger Cup University Team of the Year Challenge with 36 keeper fish weighing 74 pounds in a winner-take-all, made-for-TV event on Texas' Fayette County Reservoir. The tournament, which utilized a rules format where all legal fish are weighed and released from the boat, pitted the North Alabama anglers against a team from University of South Carolina. 

"The other guys started fishing fast," said Harville. "We were getting our brains beat in for about the first hour and a half."  The team fished with jigs and a Carolina rig but relied mainly on an eigth-ounce finesse worm on six-pound line. 

Harville and Maner won $2,000 as well as bragging rights for their university. For competing in the challenge, both participating teams received a grand-prize package that included travel, lodging and meals, as well as the opportunity to compete in a new, fully rigged Ranger Z185. 
 

courtesy of Ranger Boats.


 
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TULSA, Okla. — For the first two days of the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro, the buzz centered around local sensation Jason Christie of nearby Park Hill, Okla.

But on the final day, another of Oklahoma’s favorite sons stole the show.

Edwin Evers of Talala, Okla., caught an incredible 29 pounds, 3 ounces of bass from Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees Sunday to push his three-day total weight to 60-7. The epic finish was enough to help him storm past Christie and the rest of the Classic field to earn a $300,000 payday and a spot in professional bass fishing history.

The win was Evers’ 11th with B.A.S.S., but his first time to raise the Classic trophy.

“It hasn’t quite hit me yet,” said Evers, who was fishing his 15th Classic. “I don’t know when it will. But I know 29 pounds on the last day of the Classic is big.”

Evers certainly didn’t seem like he was ready to win a Classic championship earlier in the week.


Courtesy of BASS Communications.


 
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TULSA, Okla. — It would be easy for Jason Christie to sugarcoat things.

He could say it’s just another tournament, and he’ll approach it like he has the other 40 he’s fished with B.A.S.S. He could say he’s not feeling any additional pressure as one of the hometown favorites.

But this is the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro.

It’s the Super Bowl of professional bass fishing, and he understands the opportunity that lies ahead.

“I can honestly say I’m feeling it a little bit,” said Christie, an Oklahoma native who lives just an hour from Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees, where the 46th renewal of the iconic event will take place.

“It’s hard not to feel some pressure when you’re hearing it so much from everybody. But I’m trying to turn it into a positive thing and feed off all of the energy.”

Competition days will be Friday through Sunday with daily take-offs at 7 a.m. CT from the Hard Rock Dock at the Wolf Creek Ramp launch site in Grove and daily weigh-ins at 3:15 p.m. at the BOK Center in Tulsa. The winning angler will earn $300,000 and a 50-pound trophy that is easily the most coveted in the sport.

The 55 competitors will find Grand Lake slightly above full pool. It’ll be quite the contrast to 2013, when the Classic was held on a drought-stricken Grand that was a couple of feet low.

The anglers can also expect warmer weather during this trip to Oklahoma, with forecasts calling for daytime temperatures in the 60s for all three competition days. The temperature at takeoff for the opening round of the 2013 event was 19 degrees — a record low for the Classic at the time.

“I think they could hold the Classic on Grand 100 years in a row and not have better weather than what we’re supposed to have this year,” said James Elam, a Tulsa resident who is also considered by many to be one of the favorites.

“We’ve had a little bit of a cold front come through lately, but it’s the first one we’ve had in a while. I don’t think you could ask for it to be any better.”

As for what to expect from the lake itself, Christie said he has no clue.

“This is a lake I’m plenty familiar with and a time of year when I really like being on that lake,” Christie said. “But to be brutally honest, I have no idea what to expect. I’ve been fishing other lakes, and the fish have just been upside down.

“The one thing I do know about Grand is that it’s slammed full of fish. They could be caught anywhere.”

Christie finished seventh the last time the Classic was held on Grand, but he was more than 11 pounds off the weight of champion Cliff Pace. He believes his knowledge of the lake may have actually hurt him in that event, and he’s taking a different approach this time.

“In that Classic, I thought I was on a good pattern,” Christie said. “Then when it didn’t go the way I expected it to go early, I started fishing ‘history.’ I started fishing places that I hadn’t fished in practice, hadn’t fished in years.

“I don’t want to do that this time. I want to go in fresh and figure out what’s going on now.”

The Classic often draws a crowd of spectator boats manned by avid fans who follow the anglers in hopes of seeing the action as it unfolds. Christie has been considered one of the favorites since Grand was announced as the Classic site last year, and he expects to have a large gallery with him wherever he goes.

Courtesy of BASS Communications.


 
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NORTH EAST, Md. (Sept. 2, 2015) – FLW College Fishing is headed to the Chesapeake Bay September 12-13 for the Northern Conference Championship tournament. Forty-five college teams have qualified for this event will be competing for a top award of $4,000 and a berth in the 2016 FLW College Fishing National Championship.
 
“This time of year you can definitely get a topwater bite going, and it can sometimes last all day,” Schmitt said. “Frogs, buzzbaits and poppers will all be popular baits.  There is always a Yamamoto Senko worm bite in the grass. ChatterBaits and spinnerbaits will be popular around wood and grass. Some teams may even catch them flipping jigs around docks and wood.
 
College Fishing is free to enter. All participants must be registered, full-time students at a college, university or community college and members of a fishing club recognized by their college or university.
 
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

 
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MCKENZIE, Tenn. — From start to finish Alex Heintze and Justin Watts of Baton Rouge, La., held the lead at the Costa Bassmaster High School National Championship presented by TNT Fireworks.
 
Saturday, the Livingston Parish Bassmasters team added a third consecutive 20-plus-pound catch and made the win official. After three days on Kentucky Lake the teenagers caught 66 pounds to win the Costa Bassmaster High School Series’ most elite tournament. Their winning total included daily five-bass limits weighing 20-10, 23-14 and 22-2.
 
The deep-diving lure never factored in the team’s strategy, nor did the lake’s signature ledges. Instead, Heintze and Watts relied on their fishing strengths in south Louisiana’s shallow bayous.
 
“We didn’t come here to fish the ledges, so we committed to fishing shallow,” said Heintze, 16, a junior at Denham Springs High School. “The lake set up to fish shallow anyway with the water so high.”
 
The team’s first stop during practice ended the search for bass. Flooded shoreline habitat, the presence of baitfish and inundated ditches attracted enough bass to sustain their strategy for three days.
 
“The high water was the difference,” said Watts, 15, a sophomore at Live Oak High School. “Without it the fish wouldn’t be there, and I doubt they will be tomorrow.”

 

The team alternated between a tube jig and topwater frog. That choice was a black Spro Dean Rojas Signature Series Bronzeye Frog. A Strike King tube jig Texas rigged with a 1/4-ounce weight and 4/0 Trokar hook completed the lure arsenal.
 
A zig-zig action with the frog was a must and mimicked the motions of the baitfish. The anglers alternated between the two lures to maximize time in the strike zone. When success with the frog slowed, they switched to a flipping presentation with the tube jig.
 
On Kentucky Lake the team struck early, and their bites came quickly. All of the 20-pound limits were caught by 9 a.m. The team fished the same 150-yard stretch of shoreline.  
 
Louisiana teams claimed the Top 2 spots in the tournament. Braden Blanchard and Cade Fortenberry, fishing for St. Amant High School in St. Amant, La., took second place with 51-15.
 
The B.A.S.S. Youth Nation Junior Championship coincided with the high school tournament. The 26 qualifying teams from as many states competed for two days on Carroll County Thousand Acre Recreational Lake.
 
Aaryn Minyard and Hunter Meadows of the Oklahoma City Junior Bassmasters won the tournament with 28 pounds, 7 ounces. The entire catch came on Saturday after the anglers failed to boat a bass on the opening round.
 
“Friday, we figured out late in the day that we should be fishing deeper,” Meadows said. “Today, we caught our fish on a submerged roadbed sloping from 15 to 20 feet.”
 
The team caught fish on a 3/4-ounce green pumpkin Strike King jig and a Carolina rigged lizard. The rig was an 8-inch Zoom Magnum Lizard with a 3/4-ounce weight.
 
Bethel University, an event host, offered four-year scholarships valued at $20,000 each to Heintze and Watts. The scholarship offer was also extended to Jacob Bruener, who competed in the junior championship. Bruener, a student at Douglas High School in Nacogdoches, Texas, caught a largemouth weighing 11 pounds, 14 ounces, from Carroll County Thousand Acre Recreational Lake. The catch is under review as the new lake record.
 

Courtesy of BASS Communications.


 
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FLORENCE, Ala. (July 14, 2015) – The T.L. Hanna High School team of Derek Freeman and Trevor Callaham from Anderson, South Carolina, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 20 pounds, 2 ounces, to win the final round of the 2015 TBF/FLW High School Fishing World Finals on Pickwick Lake in Florence, Alabama. The win earned the team earned more than $20,000 in college scholarships, prizes and Cabela’s gift cards with their win. The college scholarships totaled $18,000 – $8,000 to any school of their choice, as well as an additional $10,000 if they choose to attend Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee.
 
“This is a true blessing,” said Callaham, a recent graduate who will be attending Tri-County Technical College in Anderson this fall. “”I couldn’t ask for anything else.”
 
Open to all students participating in the TBF/FLW Student Angler Federation’s High School Fishing program, the World Finals is the largest open championship in the nation. The entire field of 166 teams competed head-to-head on days one and two, after which the top two teams from each state advanced to square off in the semi-final round, where weights were zeroed. All other teams battled in a consolation round.
 
The top 10 teams from the semi-finals and the top 10 from the consolation round moved forward to the finals on day four. In addition, a special last-chance drawing gave one lucky team a golden ticket to the finals.
 
Freeman and Callaham weighed five bass for 17 pounds, 12 ounces on day one, landing in 7th overall. A 15-pound, 8-ounce day-two limit propelled them to the semi-finals with a 33-pound, 4-ounce total, good for 6th place. They qualified for the finals on day three with a 15-pound, 9-ounce limit that put them in 8th place overall and advanced them to the final day.
 
In the final round, they turned in their best showing of the tournament with a 20-pound, 2-ounce limit – anchored by a 7-pound, 5-ounce behemoth. Throughout the event, the South Carolina duo weighed all largemouths, despite Pickwick’s propensity to produce nice smallmouth and spotted bass. Their winning pattern focused on main-lake ledges primarily in 14 to 23 feet of water.
 
“After hitting it hard on day one, we managed our spots on days two and three, and then swung for the fences in the finals,” said Freeman, a recent graduate who plans to attend Clemson University this fall. “All but one of the ledges were on the river channel.”
 
Top baits for competitors throughout the week included deep-diving crankbaits, hairjigs, drop-shot rigs and shaky-head rigs.
 
The 2015 TBF/FLW High School Fishing World Finals was a two-person (team) event for students in grades 9-12. Designed to give young anglers and their families an all-encompassing, fun-filled experience, the World Finals also included a pizza party, a live music concert and catfish banquet – courtesy of the Alabama Cooperative Extension office and the Catfish Growers Association of Alabama – plus a multi-species fishing tournament on day four for all teams who did not make it into the finals.
 
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.