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Posted By The Bass Hog

May 23, 2017--DUBLIN, Va. – The Madison County High School duo of Connor Hughes of Brightwood, Virginia, and Brian Canterbury of Madison, Virginia, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 9 pounds even to win the 2017 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Virginia Open tournament on Claytor Lake. The win advanced the team to the 2017 High School Fishing National championship, held June 27-July 1 at Pickwick Lake in Florence, Alabama.

According to post-tournament reports, the duo caught their fish targeting bedding fish and rocky banks in the mid- to lower-end of the lake with a Yamamoto Senko.

A field of 14 teams competed in the no-entry fee, tournament which launched from Claytor Lake State Park in Dublin. In FLW/TBF High School Fishing competition, the top 10-percent of teams competing advance to the High School Fishing National Championship.

The top team on Claytor Lake that advanced to the 2017 High School Fishing National Championship was:

  1st:       Madison County High School, Madison, Va. – Connor Hughes, Brightwood, Va., and Brian Canterbury, Madison, Va., (five bass, 9-0)

Rounding out the top 10 teams were:

  2nd:     New Kent High School, New Kent, Va. – Tyler Colgin, New Kent, Va., and Justin Bostic, Providence Forge, Va., (five bass, 6-14)

  3rd:      Broadway High School, Broadway, Va. – Austin Knicely, Harrisonburg, Va., and Anthony Lookadoo, Rockingham, Va., (five bass, 6-13)

  4th:      Pulaski County High School, Dublin, Va. – Landon McDaniel, Dublin, Va., and Paul Southern, Pulaski, Va., (five bass, 6-11)

  5th:      Tunstall High School, Dry Fork, Va. – Sean Gunter and Landon Siggers, both of Danville, Va., (five bass, 6-10)

  6th:      Buckeye Boss Hawgs – Briar West, Newport, Ohio, and Wyatt Oliver, Newport, Ohio, (three bass, 5-1)

  7th:      Dan River High School, Ringgold, Va. – Andrew Turner, Sutherlin, Va., and Ezra Johnson, Keeling, Va., (four bass, 4-7)

  8th:      New Kent High School, New Kent, Va. – Bryce Henley, Lanexa, Va., and Edward Davis, West Point, Va., (one bass, 3-8)

  9th:      Franklin County High School, Rocky Mount, Va. – Peyton Brown, Rocky Mount, Va., and Timmy Massey, Moneta, Va., (three bass, 2-11)

  10th:    Tunstall High School, Dry Fork, Va. – Chance Richie, Dry Fork, Va., and Evan Frazier, Dry Fork, Va., (two bass, 2-11)

Complete results from the event can be found at FLWFishing.com.

The 2017 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Virginia Open was a two-person (team) event for students in grades 7-12, open to any Student Angler Federation (SAF) affiliated high school club in the United States. The top 10 percent of each Challenge, Open, and state championship field will advance to the High School Fishing National Championship. The High School Fishing national champions will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship to the school of their choice.

In addition to the High School Fishing National Championship, all High School Fishing anglers nationwide automatically qualify for the world’s largest high school bass tournament, the 2017 High School Fishing World Finals, held in conjunction with the National Championship. At the 2016 World Finals more than $60,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded.

Full schedules and the latest announcements are available at HighSchoolFishing.org and FLWFishing.com.

Courtesy of FLW Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (Jan. 31, 2017) – YETI FLW College Fishing is heading to Lake Havasu Feb. 11 for the first of three regular-season stops in the Western Conference. A full field of college fishing clubs will be competing for the top award of a $2,000 club scholarship and a berth into the 2018 College Fishing National Championship.

“The fish are still in their winter patterns at Lake Havasu,” said Costa FLW Series pro Joe Uribe, Jr., of Surprise, Arizona, who won at Lake Havasu when the Series last visited in 2015. “The lake has been fishing pretty typical for this time of year. The fish are still out staging, but we’ve had pretty warm weather lately and if it continues the fish should start to move up and think about starting to spawn very soon.

“At Havasu, the fish tend to stay shallow year round. I don’t fish anything deeper than 20 feet,” Uribe continued. “There is a lot of habitat and man-made structure in the lake – cages, brush piles, plants, pipes, tubes. The bait fish and bass hunker down in that stuff.”

Uribe said that anglers targeting the structure would likely be finesse fishing, using jigs, drop-shot rigs and tubes. He said that anglers would also be found up the river, flipping a jig, throwing spinnerbaits and ChatterBaits in the backwaters.

“My advice for the college anglers would be that they aren’t going to have to venture too far from the takeoff to catch fish,” Uribe said. “The Windsor basin is where we launch and there is a lot of current there from the river dumping into the basin. There is a lot of habitat and bait there, and plenty of stained water. If I was fishing in this event I’d hit the coves and points with crankbaits and jerkbaits in the morning, then as the sun comes up I’d throw a drop-shot rig or a tube on the points and shallow reefs.”

Uribe predicted that the winning team would bring a five-bass limit weighing right around 20 pounds to the scale.

Anglers will take off from the Windsor Beach ramp at Lake Havasu State Park, located at 699 London Bridge Road in Lake Havasu City, at 7:30 a.m. MST Saturday. Weigh-in will be held at the launch beginning at 2 p.m. Takeoff and weigh-in are free and open to the public.

Schools are allowed to register up until the morning of the tournament. Entries may be made either by phone or at CollegeFishing.com.

Schools registered to compete in the Lake Havasu tournament, which is hosted by the Lake Havasu City Convention and Visitors Bureau include:

California State University-Chico – Tyler Firebaugh, Danville, Calif., and Chad Sweitzer, Chico, Calif.

California State University-Chico – Michael Woods, Olivehurst, Calif., and Travis Bounds, Roseville, Calif.

California State University-Chico – David Griswold, Oroville, Calif., and Nicolas Fortino, Chico, Calif.

California State University-Long Beach – Rick Zatarain and Andrew Serar, both of Long Beach, Calif.

California State University-Long Beach – Cole Thomas, Lakewood, Calif., and Via Thao, Long Beach, Calif.

Grand Canyon University – Joseph Dwyer, Scottsdale, Ariz., and Cody Blood, Galt, Ariz.

Northern Arizona University – Marcus Green and Jake Hartzler, both of Flagstaff, Ariz.

Northern Arizona University – Jim Herrero and John Herrero, both of Kingman, Ariz.

University of La Verne – Landon Moore and Daniel Vazquez, both of San Dimas, Calif.

Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

 


 
Posted By The Bass Hog
NORTH EAST, Md. (Sept. 13, 2015) – The Ramapo College team of Andy Zapf of Whippany, New Jersey, and Andrew Annuzzi of Old Bridge, New Jersey, won the FLW College Fishing Northern Conference Championship on the Chesapeake Bay Sunday with a two-day total of eight bass weighing 19 pounds, 12 ounces. The victory earned the club $4,000 and qualified the team for the 2016 FLW College Fishing National Championship.
 
 “My older brother (Joseph) had won a few College Fishing events so it feels good to get one of my own,” said Zapf, a senior majoring in Accounting. “This will be my third time to the National Championship and it’s my last year of eligibility so we had to get it done this weekend.”
 
The duo said that they had a solid three days of practice on the fishery before the tournament, but only managed to catch three bass in their practice period. They decided to concentrate on the only area where they could find fish.
 
“Yesterday, the first day of the tournament, we stuck it out in the marina all day long,” Zapf said. “We caught three fish by 8:30 a.m., then didn’t catch another keeper all day long. We ended the day with 6 pounds and were sitting in 11th place.
 
“Today, we decided that if the marina wasn’t producing we would leave and try to find some new stuff to fish,” Zapf continued. “We caught one keeper early, but we decided to leave the marina around 9:30.”
 
“The key for us was definitely sticking to our plan and concentrating on that marina,” Annuzzi said. “We would pick apart every spot we could, then we would re-start and cycle through it again. We knew the fish were there.”
 
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

 
Posted By The Bass Hog
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.

 
Posted By The Bass Hog
LAKEVIEW, Ohio (July 11, 2015) – The Miami University of Ohio team of Chris Bulaw of Wheaton, Illinois, and Josh Prephan of Perrysburg, Ohio, won the FLW College Fishing Northern Conference event on Indian Lake Saturday with five bass weighing 9 pounds, 12 ounces. The victory earned the club $2,000 and advanced the team to the FLW College Fishing Northern Conference Championship tournament.
 
“This is the first tournament we’ve competed in as a club so to come in and win is huge,” said Bulaw, a junior majoring in marketing. “We’re hoping this victory will help us secure the club’s future. We don’t even have jerseys yet.”
 
“I couldn’t be happier with how the day turned out,” said Prephan, a junior majoring in accounting. “The lake set up well and our pattern ended producing some good fish.
 
“After some solid prefishing yesterday we decided to focus on riprap along main-lake points – a strategy that was uniquely ours,” Prephan continued. “We didn’t share water with anyone besides a few locals here and there. We used a sexy shad-colored Strike King KVD 2.5 crankbait.”
 
“Around 8:30 a.m. we caught a 3½-pounder in some riprap,” said Bulaw. “That catch got us excited. We knew there weren’t too many of those in the lake.”
 
After catching a few more bass sporadically, the duo said they caught two more 2½-pounders around 11 a.m.
 
“Around that time the boat traffic picked up and spooked the fish, so we weren’t able to catch another one for the rest of the day,” said Prephan. “Luckily we had a heavy enough stringer to win.”
 
This FLW College Fishing Northern Conference was the second regular-season qualifying tournament. The third and final regular-season event for Northern Conference anglers is a regular-season event scheduled for Aug. 1 on Chautauqua Lake in Bemus Point, N.Y.
 
FLW College Fishing teams compete in qualifying tournaments in one of five conferences – Central, Northern, Southern, Southeastern and Western. The top fifteen teams from each regular-season tournament will qualify for one of five Conference Championship tournaments. The top ten teams from each of the five Conference Championship tournaments will advance to the 2016 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 fishing club recognized by their college or university.
 
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

 
Posted By The Bass Hog
SOUTH KOREA TO SIGN FLW INTERNATIONAL SANCTIONING AGREEMENT
 
Advisory for Monday, June 15, 2015
 
WHAT:  FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, is set to sign an agreement with South Korea to bring their internationally sanctioned bass-fishing tournaments to the Eastern Asian nation. The agreement will be signed by Jin-Soo Kang, CEO of MiruNamu, Inc., and Director of OBS broadcasting immediately preceding the June 26 weigh-in on the Walmart FLW Tour stage.
 
WHEN:                 Friday, June 26, 2015
 
WHERE:               Walmart FLW Tour at the Potomac River presented by Ranger Boats
                              Smallwood State Park
                              2750 Sweden Point Road
                              Marbury, Md.
 
NOTES: Named after the founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest L. Wood, FLW introduced its Fishing League Worldwide tagline last year to better reflect its status as the world’s largest tournament fishing organization. Earlier this year FLW expanded its presence on the world stage yet again with the introduction of a sanctioning program allowing international partners to license the iconic brand and run FLW tournaments abroad.
 
South Korea will run a series of FLW tournaments that advance anglers, who are citizens of the host country, to a new international division at the Rayovac FLW Series Championship beginning in 2016. The highest finisher among countries represented in the international division will then advance to the Forrest Wood Cup, making it the sport’s only true world championship.  
 
Canada has already signed on as FLW’s first partner under the new program and is set to host an FLW tournament in 2015 with at least three events slated in Canada for 2016. South Korea is the second country to sign on for international sanctioning. Details on their hosted tournaments will be available soon.
 
Additional FLW qualifying tournaments in other countries are forthcoming. Watch FLWFishing.com for details. 
 
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

 
Posted By The Bass Hog
GILBERTSVILLE, Ky. (June 13, 2015) – The Eastern Kentucky University team of Ethan Snyder of Flaherty, Kentucky, and Shaw Owens of Barboursville, Kentucky, won the FLW College Fishing Central Conference event on Kentucky Lake Saturday with five bass weighing 21 pounds, 5 ounces. The victory earned the club $2,000 and advanced the team to the FLW College Fishing Central Conference Championship tournament.
 
“Winning a tournament of this caliber is a big accomplishment for our program,” said Snyder, a recent graduate who received a degree in agronomy.
 
“We spent a lot of hours preparing for this weekend and carved out a good strategy,” said Owens, a junior majoring in political science. “We wanted to fish drops all day and it ended up working well for us.”
 
The duo said they went to their key areas on the north end of the lake where they were able to catch a 4- and a 2½-pounder by 7:30 a.m.
 
“We targeted the breaks and drops in 10 to 20 foot depths,” said Snyder. “We preferred spots that we had found in practice where there were structural irregularities.”
 
“We each used a ¾-ounce green-pumpkin Strike King football-head jig rigged with a green-pumpkin Strike King Rage Craw to catch our fish,” said Owens. “We also caught a few keepers on a custom swimbait.”
 
Snyder said that even though the bite slowed down in the afternoon, their morning catches were enough to push them to the top of the leaderboard.
 
“We hit spots that a lot of people overlooked,” said Snyder. “We had our routes carefully planned out and fired up the right schools at the right time.”
 
This FLW College Fishing Central Conference tournament was hosted by the Kentucky Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau and was the second regular-season qualifying tournament. The next event for Central Conference anglers is a regular-season event scheduled for July 25 on the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wisconsin.  
 
FLW College Fishing teams compete in qualifying tournaments in one of five conferences – Central, Northern, Southern, Southeastern and Western. The top fifteen teams from each regular-season tournament will qualify for one of five Conference Championship tournaments. The top ten teams from each of the five Conference Championship tournaments will advance to the 2016 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 fishing club recognized by their college or university.
 
 
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

 
Posted By The Bass Hog
HARTWELL, Ga. (May 19, 2015) – FLW College Fishing is headed to Lake Hartwell May 30 for the third and final regular-season stop in the Southeastern Conference. A full field of college teams will be competing for a top award of $2,000 and a berth in the Southeastern Conference Championship tournament.
 
“There’s going to be a few different options for anglers on Lake Hartwell this time of year,” said Walmart FLW Tour pro and reigning Forrest Wood Cup champion Anthony Gagliardi of Prosperity, South Carolina. “That’s what makes tournaments in early summer like this so exciting.
 
“The postspawn bite will be the strongest, but I’ve seen late spawners up shallow on the lower end of the lake in the past,” continued Gagliardi. “I think the postspawn fish will be feeding on herring and offshore fishing is going to play a major role in this tournament. Anglers will also find some fish up shallow around docks that haven’t moved out deep yet. Drop-shotting points and using Carolina-rigs on the main lake will be very popular as well.
 
“As for baits, I see competitors using green-pumpkin-colored Zoom Finesse Worms, six-inch Zoom Trick Worms and possibly even football-head jigs,” said Gagliardi. “Topwater baits and Zoom Super Flukes will do well with the offshore fish that are feeding. I’ve done well in the past with natural colors and slightly darker colors like watermelon seed.”
 
When asked what he thought a winning weight would be, Gagliardi predicted the victors will bring a five-bass limit nearing 19 pounds to the scale.
 
“If I were to fish the lake today, that’s the amount of weight I’d want in my livewell,” Gagliardi said. 
 
Anglers will take off from the Gum Branch Park ramp located on Vanna Waller Road in Hartwell at 6:30 a.m. Saturday. Weigh-in will be held at the marina beginning at 2:30 p.m. Takeoff and weigh-in are free and open to the public.
 
Schools are allowed to register up until the morning of the tournament. Entries may be made either by phone or at CollegeFishing.com.
 
FLW College Fishing teams compete in qualifying tournaments in one of five conferences – Central, Northern, Southern, Southeastern and Western. The top fifteen teams from each regular-season tournament will qualify for one of five Conference Championship tournaments. The top ten teams from each of the five Conference Championship tournaments will advance to the 2016 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 fishing club recognized by their college or university.

Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

 
Posted By The Bass Hog
OAKLEY, Calif. (May 11, 2015) – The Humboldt State University team of Tristan Merlaud of Sebastopol, California, and Rudy Directo of Alpine, California, won the FLW College Fishing Western Conference event on the California Delta Saturday with five bass weighing 22 pounds, 4 ounces. The victory earned the club $2,000 and advanced the team to the FLW College Fishing Western Conference Championship tournament.
 
“The main factor for us today was definitely the rising tide,” said Merlaud , a sophomore majoring in Freshwater Fisheries Biology. “We caught seven fish throughout the day, and all came before the slack tide at 10 a.m.”
 
“We pre-fished for two days before this tournament and we felt pretty good coming in to it,” said Directo. “We keyed in on one key stretch of sparse tules and flats, and when the tide was up, it was on. We fished one long stretch – about the size of a football field – near Mandeville Island.”
 
“Our very first fish of the day came on a white Snag Proof Ish’s Phat Frog,” Merlaud continued. “It was a good one – 7 pounds, 2 ounces. After that first bite we had a pretty good stretch where we didn’t get any bites. We ended up switching to a green-pumpkin Z-Man ChatterBaits with either Big Texan- or green-pumpkin-colored Culprit Incredi Craw trailers and caught the rest of our fish.”
 
“I think the switch to the ChatterBait was the key to our win,” Directo added. “A lot of teams were fishing for the reaction bites, but the green-pumpkin ChatterBait was the deal.
 
“I can’t wait to get back to the Conference Championship at Clear Lake,” Directo went on to say. “We qualified for the tournament last year but had a real tough event and we only weighed in one fish. We are going to get some pre-fishing practice time in and we definitely plan to be ready this time around.”
 
This FLW College Fishing Western Conference tournament was hosted by City of Oakley and was the second regular-season qualifying tournament. The next event for Western Conference anglers will be the Conference Championship, scheduled for Sept. 26-27 at Clear Lake in Lakeport, Calif., and is hosted by the Konocti Vista Casino Resort & Marina.
 
FLW College Fishing teams compete in qualifying tournaments in one of five conferences – Central, Northern, Southern, Southeastern and Western. The top fifteen teams from each regular-season tournament will qualify for one of five Conference Championship tournaments. The top ten teams from each of the five Conference Championship tournaments will advance to the 2016 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 fishing club recognized by their college or university.

Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

 
Posted By The Bass Hog
COLUMBIA, S.C. (April 18, 2015) – The University of South Carolina team of Patrick Walters of Summerville, South Carolina, and Gettys Brannon of Columbia, South Carolina, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 17 pounds, 1 ounce to win the 2015 FLW College Fishing National Championship on Lake Murray presented by the Lowrance Insight Genesis College Cup. The Gamecock duo beat out 44 teams in front of their hometown crowd to win the top award of a new Ranger Z117 with a 90-horsepower outboard and entry into the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing.
 
 “I don’t know what the greatest part of this moment is,” said an overwhelmed Patrick Walters, a sophomore majoring in Business. “This has been the most amazing week. We had so much support from our family and friends it is just incredible.”
 
The University of South Carolina duo knew that consistency in the tournament was going to win the race and no other team in the tournament was as consistent as U.S.C. They brought 17 pounds, 6 ounces to the scale on day one, followed that up with an 18-11 stringer on day two and today claimed victory behind the strength of a 17-1 sack.
 
The team spent the week running to as many points as they could find following the blueback herring spawn. “We couldn’t reel in our lines fast enough,” said Walters. “We would cast, reel in and if nothing bit we moved to another point.
 
Wind was another key factor for the team this week. They said that if the wind wasn’t blowing then the fish weren’t biting.
 
“My advice to you (fans) is to go out and buy as many bags of flukes as you can find,” continued Brannon. “I would suggest white, maybe some silver with a little shine…maybe some chrome.”
 
This is the first FLW College Fishing National Championship title for the University of South Carolina who will now advance to the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup to compete on Lake Ouachita in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
 
Overall there were 47 bass weighing 126 pounds, 1 ounce caught by 10 college teams Saturday. The catch included eight five-bass limits.
 
The FLW College Fishing National Championship awards the top team a $30,000 prize package, including a Ranger Z117 with a 90-horsepower engine and an entry into the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup. The team member fishing as a pro in the Forrest Wood Cup also receives the use of a wrapped Ranger Boat. All prize money earned in the Forrest Wood Cup goes directly to the individual who earns it. The Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing, will be held August 20-23 on Lake Ouachita in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and will offer the collegiate anglers the opportunity to compete for a top award of $500,000 – professional bass fishing’s richest prize.
 
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.
 
Couretsy of FLW Outdoors.