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Posted By The Bass Hog

SHREVEPORT, La. (June 2, 2018) – For the third time in YETI FLW College Fishing history, the National Championship winners Hunter Freeman and Thomas Soileau from the University of Louisiana-Monroe faced off Saturday in a one-day fish-off on the Red River to decide which team member would represent their school at the 2018 Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing.

After the scales settled and the final fish had been weighed, Freeman won the automatic entry into the Forrest Wood Cup after weighing a five-bass limit totaling 7 pounds, 11 ounces. Soileau weighed a five-bass limit totaling 6 pounds, 9 ounces, giving Freeman the win and advancing him to compete against the best anglers in the world August 10-12 on Lake Ouachita in Hot Springs, Arkansas, at the Forrest Wood Cup.

"This has been an incredible week," said Freeman, a junior majoring in business administration who resides in Monroe, Louisiana. "I've been on the water so much over the past few weeks that I am mentally and physically exhausted, but winning the championship with Thomas and now getting to compete at the Forrest Wood Cup makes it all so worth it."

Freeman is guaranteed at least a $10,000 paycheck, as that amount is awarded to the last-place finisher at the Forrest Wood Cup. The angler that wins the Forrest Wood Cup will earn $300,000 – professional bass fishing's most lucrative prize.

"Every little boy's dream is to fish in the biggest tournament there is, and that's the Forrest Wood Cup," Freeman said. "When they announced this tournament on the Red River, I said, 'That's my shot. If I'm ever going to make it, I have to do it.'

"I spent so much time and money up here practicing. To make it, it's a dream come true. I'm not just going to show up at the Cup; I'm going to try to bring it and represent the whole College Fishing crowd."

The final standings after the one-day fish-off on the Red River were:

  1st: University of Louisiana-Monroe – Hunter Freeman, Monroe, La., five bass, 7-11, Entry into 2018 Forrest Wood Cup

  2nd: University of Louisiana-Monroe – Thomas Soileau, Monroe, La., five bass, 6-9

Full results and standings for the 2018 YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship can be found at FLWFishing.com.

The 2018 YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship presented by Lowrance C-MAP Genesis on the Red River was hosted by the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission & Red River Waterway Commission and featured 168 of the top college bass fishing clubs from across the nation competing for the top prize of $30,000, including a new Ranger Z175 boat with a 90-horsepower Mercury or Evinrude outboard.

Television coverage of the YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship presented by Lowrance C-MAP Genesis on the Red River will premiere in high-definition (HD) on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) Aug. 15 from Noon -1 p.m. EDT. The Emmy-nominated "FLW" television show airs on NBCSN, the Pursuit Channel and the World Fishing Network and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world.

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 Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

GADSDEN, Alabama (May 22, 2018) – The Tuscaloosa County High School fishing duo of Jace McNutt and Jon Hayden Raper brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 16 pounds, 6 ounces to win the 2018 TBF/FLW High School Fishing Alabama State Championship on Lake Neely Henry.

A field of 30 teams competed in the no-entry fee tournament, which launched from the Coosa Landing in Gadsden. In FLW/TBF High School Fishing competition, the top 10-percent of teams competing advance to the High School Fishing National Championship.

The top three teams on Lake Neely Henry that qualified for the 2018 High School Fishing National Championship were:        

  1st:     Tuscaloosa County High School, Northport, Ala. – Jace McNutt and Jon Hayden Raper, five bass, 16-6

  2nd:    Sylvania High School, Sylvania, Ala. – Hunter Hill and Riley Johnson, both of Henegar, Ala., five bass, 13-11

  3rd:     Hillcrest High School, Tuscaloosa, Ala. – Hunter Porter, Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Peyton Trimm, Northport, Ala., five bass, 13-3

Rounding out the top 10:

  4th:     Sand Rock High School, Sand Rock, Ala. – Colton Cash, Leesburg, Ala., and Jayce McKnight, Sand Rock, Ala., five bass    12-12

  5th:     Sylvania High School, Sylvania, Ala. – Andrew Smart, Pisgah, Ala., and Dawson Campbell, Henegar, Ala., five bass, 12-6

  6th:     Fort Payne High School, Fort Payne, Ala. – Ashton Brown, Fort Payne, Ala., and Joseph Angel, Mentone, Ala., five bass,     12-0

  7th:     Fort Payne High School, Fort Payne, Ala. – Lane Clark and Brandon Davis, both of Fort Payne, Ala., Mentone, Ala., five bass, 11-11

  8th:     Sand Rock High School, Sand Rock, Ala. – Brody Robison, Collinsville, Ala., and Levi Cox, Gaylesville, Ala., five bass, 10-11

  9th:     Alexandria High School, Alexandria, Ala. – Jacob Brown, Glencoe, Ala., and William Bearden, Ashville, Ala., five bass, 9-13

  10th:   Cherokee County High School, Centre, Ala. – Hunter Bailey and Kallie Jolly, both of Centre, Ala., five bass, 9-6

Complete results from the event can be found at HighSchoolFishing.org.

Photos from the event will be posted on the Student Angler Federation Facebook page at Facebook.com/hsfishing.

The 2018 TBF/FLW High School Fishing Alabama State Championship 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 state of Alabama. The top 10 percent of each Challenge, Open, and state championship field will advance to the High School Fishing National Championship on Pickwick Lake, in Florence, Alabama, June 26-29. 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 2018 High School Fishing World Finals, held in conjunction with the National Championship on Pickwick Lake. At the 2017 World Finals more than $60,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded.

Courtesy of FLW Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

HUDDLESTON, Va. (May 22, 2018) – 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 Sunday weighing 16 pounds, 2 ounces to win the 2018 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Smith Mountain Lake Open in Huddleston, Virginia. The win advanced the team to the 2018 High School Fishing National championship, held June 26-30, on Pickwick Lake in Florence, Alabama.

According to post-tournament reports, the duo caught their limit fishing down-lake points with a lot of chunk rock in 10 feet of water with a Carolina rig.

A field of 25 teams competed in the no-entry fee tournament, which launched from the Parkway Marina in Huddleston. In FLW/TBF High School Fishing competition, the top 10-percent of teams competing advance to the High School Fishing National Championship.    

The top two teams on Smith Mountain Lake that advanced to the 2018 High School Fishing National Championship were:           

  1st:       Madison County High School, Madison, Va. – Connor Hughes, Brightwood, Va., and Brian Canterbury, Madison, Va., five-bass, 16-2

  2nd:     New Kent High School, New Kent, Va. – Bryce Henley, Lanexa, Va., and Joshua Chaffin, Quintin, Va., five bass, 12-10

Rounding out the top 10 teams were:

  3rd:      Madison High School, Marshall, N.C. – Ransom Boone, Marshall, N.C., and Russell Moore, Burnsville, N.C., five bass, 12-7

  4th:      Tunstall High School, Dry Fork, Va. – Colin Bennett, Axton, Va., and Bryan Scarce, Dry Fork, Va., four bass, 10-12

  5th:      Holston High School, Damascus, Va. – Mason Steele and Parker Newton, both of Damascus, Va., five bass,     10-0

  6th:      Junior Greenhorn Anglers – Jason Saulsberry and Aidan Kerlin, both of Chesapeake, Va., three bass, 9-10

  7th:      Pulaski County High School, Dublin, Va. – Landon McDaniel, Dublin, Va., and Paul Southern, Pulaski, Va., five bass, 9-0

  8th:      Orange County High School, Orange County, Va. – Gavin Haley, Locust Grove, Va., and Ewing Minor, Charlottesville, Va., four bass 7-13

  9th:      Franklin County High School, Rocky Mount, Va. – Peyton Brown and Ryan Shelton, both of Rocky Mount, Va., four bass, 7-12

  10th:    Eastern Alamance High School, Mebane, N.C. – Alden Patterson and Nathan Willis, both of Mebane, N.C., Texas, five bass, 7-10

Complete results from the event along with photos of the top five teams can be found at FLWFishing.com.

The 2018 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Smith Mountain Lake 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 2018 High School Fishing World Finals, held in conjunction with the National Championship. At the 2017 World Finals more than $60,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded.

Courtesy of FLW Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

CADIZ, Ky. (May 29, 2018) – More than 360 pros and co-anglers are set to compete next week, June 7-9, at the Costa FLW Series at Lake Barkley presented by T-H Marine. The tournament, hosted by the Cadiz-Trigg County Tourist and Convention Commission, is the second of three regular-season tournaments scheduled in the FLW Series Central Division. The event will feature anglers competing for a top award of up to $91,000, including a brand new Ranger Z518C boat with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.

"I think it will be primetime offshore fishing over the next couple of weeks," said FLW Tour veteran Terry Bolton of Paducah, Kentucky, a 13-time Forrest Wood Cup qualifier. "It seems like more fish are getting out there each day, and with warm weather being forecast as the week goes on, it's likely going to be in full effect.

"I think the fish should be getting out of their post-spawn funk and really starting to feed," Bolton continued. "If they stop biting a crankbait out on the ledges, a guy can pick up a worm, jig or a swimbait and catch a few doing that."

Bolton said he expects both Barkley and Kentucky lakes to see action during the event.

"That's the thing about fishing around Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake in early June – it will all be good," said Bolton. "With the rainfall we're getting, there's going to be a little more current which should help bunch those fish up. It's really going to be a good time to compete."

Bolton predicted that a three-day cumulative weight total in the 65- to 70-pound range should be enough to take home top honors.

Anglers will take off from Lake Barkley State Resort Park, located at 3500 State Park Road., in Cadiz, at 6 a.m. CDT each day of competition. Weigh-ins will also be held at the park and will begin at 2 p.m. each day. All takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public.

In Costa FLW Series regular-season competition, payouts are based on the number of participants competing in the event. At Lake Barkley pros will fish for a top prize of $91,000, including a brand new Ranger Z518C boat with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard if Ranger Cup qualified. Co-anglers will cast for a brand new Ranger Z175 boat with a 90-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard, and $5,000 if Ranger Cup qualified.

The Costa FLW Series consists of five U.S. divisions – Central, Northern, Southeastern, Southwestern and Western – along with the International division. Each U.S. division consists of three regular-season tournaments with competitors vying for valuable points that could earn them the opportunity to compete in the season-ending Costa FLW Series Championship. The 2018 Costa FLW Series Championship is being held Nov. 1-3 on Lake Guntersville in Guntersville, Alabama, and is hosted by the Marshall County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Courtesy of FLW Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

Fredericksburg's Williams Wins Co-angler Title

HUDDLESTON, Va. (May 21, 2018) – Boater Rick Tilley of Moneta, Virginia, brought a five-bass limit to the scale weighing 18 pounds, 5 ounces Saturday to win the 2018 T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Shenandoah Division event at Smith Mountain Lake. Tilley earned $4,350 for his victory.

 "I was fishing up the Roanoke River – between the State Park and the bridge," said Tilley, who earned his first career win in BFL competition. "I was fishing the bank and everything that I caught was coming in less than 2 feet of water.

"There is a unique type of fishing here that a lot of the locals know about," Tilley said. "The shad spawn at night – between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. – and the bass sit on the rocks and you can throw a topwater bait and they will just annihilate it. With the cloudy conditions on Saturday morning, I knew the leftover fish from the night time would stay there and that they would come into play.

"I had most of my weight by 10:30-11 (a.m.)," Tilley went on to say. "All of my fish came on a blue and silver-colored Lucky Craft Sammy, although I did catch one smallmouth on a swimbait. The key was that you had to be dead up on the bank to catch them. After 12:30 I went deeper and tried to fish 'big fish' areas, but I never did upgrade."

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

              1st:          Rick Tilley, Moneta, Va., five bass, 18-5, $4,350

              2nd:         Scooter Lilley, Williamson, N.C., five bass, 17-12, $2,175

              3rd:         Chad Green, Moneta, Va., five bass, 16-15, $1,451

              4th:         Brandon Reynolds, Callands, Va., five bass, 16-7, $1,015

              5th:         Todd Langford, Great Falls, Va., five bass, 15-15, $870

              6th:         Dexter Andrews, King George, Va., five bass, 15-14, $798

              7th:         Matthew Funk, Suffolk, Va., five bass, 15-12, $1,540

              8th:         Martin Villa, Charlottesville, Va., five bass, 15-11, $653

              9th:         Tommy Little, Chester, Va., five bass, 15-1, $580

              10th:       Mike McDonald, Randleman, N.C., five bass, 15-0, $508

Funk caught a bass weighing 4 pounds, 14 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – to earn the Boater's Big Bass award of $615.

David Williams of Fredericksburg, Virginia, won the Co-angler Division Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 16 pounds, 14 ounces. Johnson earned $2,582 for his victory.

Courtesy of FLW Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

MINNEAPOLIS (May 21, 2018) – Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world's largest tournament-fishing organization, has teamed with Walmart, The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) and its Take Me Fishing™ and Vamos A Pescar™ campaigns, Jack Link's, Pringles and Zip Firestarters to celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week June 2-10. National Fishing and Boating Week is a national celebration that highlights the importance of recreational boating and fishing and will encourage anglers of all ages across the United States to get out on the water and find their new favorite fishing hole.

The week will be kicked off with #ReelFun Fishing events hosted by FLW tournament anglers June 1-3 at more than 2,000 Walmart® stores. The events will help families prepare for fishing success as the anglers provide expert tips for local fisheries and guidance on tackle and gear selection. Children are invited to test their casting skills and receive a free fishing lure courtesy of Wildlife Forever's State-Fish Art Contest. Every child will also receive a future FLW Tour pro sticker. Adults will receive a free fishing license holder and free digital subscription to FLW Bass Fishing magazine. Everyone will receive free Jack Link's beef jerky samples while supplies last. 

"We are thrilled to team with our partners at Walmart, RBFF, Jack Link's, Pringles and Zip Firestarters to showcase National Fishing and Boating Week to the millions of Walmart shoppers and outdoor enthusiasts that attend our #ReelFun Fishing events," said Trish Blake, FLW President of Marketing. "There are very few experiences that compare to landing your first fish, and our FLW ambassadors will be on-site to help everyone select the right gear and discuss their favorite fishing tips."

While National Fishing and Boating Week coincides with free fishing days in many states, prospective anglers are encouraged to purchase a fishing license while at Walmart for continued fun on the water all year long. To find out if your state is among those offering free fishing days and to find places to fish and boat, visit TakeMeFishing.org.

"The #ReelFun events provide additional resources for families across the country to have their #FirstCatch during National Fishing and Boating Week," said Frank Peterson, RBFF President and CEO. "We hope everyone from curious beginners to experienced anglers and boaters will feel inspired to get out on the water and create memories with their families and friends."

Fans are encouraged to share their catch during National Fishing and Boating Week with @FLWFishing and @Take_Me_Fishing with the hashtags #ReelFun and #FirstCatch.

Courtesy of FLW Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

Day-Two Leader Randy Haynes Withdraws from Competition, Jason Lambert Hauls in 30-pound, 8-ounce Limit to Vault into Lead

GILBERTSVILLE, Ky. (May 19, 2018) – Pro Jason Lambert of Michie, Tennessee, caught a five-bass limit Saturday weighing 30 pounds, 8 ounces – surpassing the record that he already owned for the largest single-day limit ever caught on Kentucky Lake in FLW Tour competition– to catapult into the lead at the FLW Tour at Kentucky Lake presented by Costa Sunglasses. Lambert will bring a commanding 19-pound, 3-ounce lead into Championship Sunday, where the final 10 pros will compete for up to $125,000.

Lambert trailed Day Two leader Randy Haynes by 2 pounds, 4 ounces, starting today's competition, but gained his massive lead after Haynes, in an unprecedented move, decided to withdraw himself from the competition.

Shortly after takeoff, Lambert and Haynes both arrived on the same area – a well-known community hole at the north end of the lake, and a spot that both anglers fished on days one and two. Lambert arrived first, and the two anglers fished side-by-side for several minutes. Lambert caught several keepers quickly. Frustrated by the situation, Haynes chose to leave the area, return to the ramp and withdraw from the event. Haynes finished the tournament in 12th place and received $12,000.

Lambert ended up catching a limit from the area, but landed an additional three largemouth – including a 9-pounder – at his next stop that upgraded him past the 30-pound mark.

"I actually found those fish [at the second location] yesterday afternoon. It's a place that I've fished in the past, but I hadn't seen them there [this week] until I pulled up on them and they were eating some gizzard shad," said Lambert, who was also crowned champion when the FLW Tour last visited Kentucky Lake in 2016. "I hadn't caught anything there, but when I saw that happen I knew there were some fish down there."

Lambert said he used 5- and 7-inch Castaic Jerky J soft jerkbaits on a Scrounger Head jig to catch his fish, a bait he's relied on all week. It's also the exact lure that caught the bulk of his weight in 2016.

"I probably wouldn't have gone to my second area this morning had I not caught a good limit early on," said Lambert. "I had around 20 pounds when I left the first spot, so I went there and idled over them and found that there were more fish down there than I thought. I got a couple 5-pounders and was done after I caught the giant."

The Tennessee pro said he plans to go out Sunday and finish strong, even with his commanding lead.

"I'm going to start out tomorrow at the second stop from today. If I can catch two or three good ones in the morning, we're going to have some fun and try and break the 100-pound mark."     

 Overall there were 123 bass weighing 401 pounds, 7 ounces, caught by 29 pros Saturday. The catch included 21 five-bass limits.

 

Ronny Webb of Dyersburg, Tennessee, won the Co-angler Division and $25,000 Friday with a two-day total of nine bass weighing 26 pounds, 14 ounces, followed by Stephen Crawley of Bush, Louisiana, who finished in second place with eight bass totaling 25-4, worth $7,600.

The total purse for the FLW Tour at Kentucky Lake presented by Costa Sunglasses is more than $930,000. The event is hosted by the Kentucky Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Throughout the season, anglers are also vying for valuable points in hopes of qualifying for the 2018 Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of professional bass fishing. The 2018 Forrest Wood Cup will be on Lake Ouachita in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Aug. 10-12 and is hosted by the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism and Visit Hot Springs.

The final 10 anglers will take off at 6:30 a.m. CDT Sunday from Kentucky Dam State Park, located at 7792 U.S. Highway 641 N. in Gilbertsville. Sunday's weigh-in will be held at the park beginning at 4 p.m.

Prior to the weigh-in Sunday, FLW will host a free Family Fishing Expo at Kentucky Dam State Park from noon to 4 p.m. 

Courtesy of FLW Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

Hockley Tops Co-angler Division

MARBURY, Md. (April 23, 2018) – Boater Joe Zombek II of Scranton, Pennsylvania, caught a five-bass limit weighing 24 pounds, 10 ounces, Sunday to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Northeast Division tournament on the Potomac River. For his efforts, Zombek took home $5,229.

Zombek fished two areas in Mattawoman Creek – one a secondary channel with pilings and the other a 50-yard main-channel creek bend with rocks and wood. He said the areas were about 200 yards apart from one another.

"I targeted prespawn females waiting for the water temperature to rise so they could head up to spawn," said Zombek, who logged his first career win FLW competition. "We had strong wind and rain Thursday and Friday and it stained the water. As of Sunday, it cleared up and the water temperature rose four degrees to the upper 50s. I know the fish had been there for a while, but with the warmer water they fed more."

Zombek fished two baits – a homemade green-pumpkin-colored jig with a Zoom Ultra Vibe Speed Craw trailer in the same color and a Texas-rigged green-pumpkin Zoom tube with a 3/8-ounce weight – and was able to put 11 keepers in his boat.

"I alternated between the baits depending on the conditions of the tide," said Zombek. "When the tide moved I used the jig because the fish were more aggressive and when it slowed down I finessed them with the tube."

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Joe Zombek II, Scranton, Pa., five bass, 24-10, $5,229

               2nd:         Andrew Heivly, Malvern, Pa., five bass, 19-5, $3,629

               3rd:          Zachary Page, Middletown, Del., five bass, 18-14, $1,745

               4th:          Ryan Ingalls, Fairfax, Va., five bass, 18-13, $1,320

               5th:          Aaron Dixon, Bel Alton, Md., five bass, 18-10, $1,046

               6th:          John Vanore, Mullica Hill, N.J., five bass, 18-9, $959

               7th:          Kyle Hoffman, Harpers Ferry, W. Va., five bass, 18-0, $871

               8th:          Cody Cutter, Harveys Lake, Pa., five bass, 17-15, $784

               9th:          Tony Dorman, Taylor, Pa., five bass, 17-8, $653

               9th:          Todd Neale, Warrenton, Va., five bass, 17-8, $653

Heivly brought a 6-pound, 9-ounce bass to the scale – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day's Boater Big Bass award of $815.

Robert Hockley of Annville, Pennsylvania, won the Co-angler Division and $2,614 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 18 pounds, 6 ounces.

Wolf caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division weighing in at 7 pounds, 11 ounces. The catch earned him the day's Co-angler Big Bass award of $407.

Courtesy of FLW Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

Pennsylvania's Frymoyer Grabs Co-angler Title

MARBURY, Md. (April 23, 2018) – Boater Ronald Caldeira of Middletown, Delaware, caught a five-bass limit weighing 21 pounds, 6 ounces, Saturday to win the 2018 T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Northeast Division opener on the Potomac River presented by Navionics. For his efforts, Caldeira took home $6,796.

"I caught them all on main-river points in the mouths of Mattowoman and Quantico creeks," said Caldeira, who notched his first win in FLW competition. "I had five points that I cycled through, and each had pebble rock and sand. I think the big females were transitioning to the points right outside those main creeks, getting ready to spawn. I only had seven bites, but they were the right ones. Some of the fish were tanks – they'd been eating for a while."

Caldeira said he used a Rapala DT-6 crankbait for bass in 3 to 5 feet of water and a Chartreuse and Black Back-colored Strike King KVD 1.5 HC Shallow Squarebill for bass in 1 to 3 feet.

"I'd start far off the point with the Rapala and then switch to the Strike King as I got shallow so I wouldn't get hung up as much," said Caldeira. "As soon the lure would bounce off the rock and free itself, that's when they loaded up on it."

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Ronald Caldeira, Middletown, Del., five bass, 21-6, $6,796

               2nd:         Anthony Ebel, Davidsonville, Md., five bass, 19-12, $3,843

               3rd:          Rick McFaul, Phoenix, Md., five bass, 19-11, $2,134

               4th:          Jeremy Mathias, Monrovia, Md., five bass, 19-7, $1,352

               5th:          Brian Barnes, Seaford, Del., five bass, 18-14, $1,159

               6th:          Andrew Heivly, Malvern, Pa., five bass, 18-8, $1,063

               7th:          Kenny Garippa, Tobyhanna, Pa., five bass, 18-7, $869

               7th:          Matt Stoupa, Colonial Heights, Va., five bass, 18-7, $969

               7th:          Daniel Gray, Butler, Pa., five bass, 18-7, $869

               10th:        Thomas Arens, Purcellville, Va., five bass, 18-2, $676

Ebel brought a 6-pound, 3-ounce bass to the scale – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day's Boater Big Bass award of $945.

Steven Frymoyer of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, won the Co-angler Division and $2,898 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 15 pounds, 15 ounces.

Henry McKee of Haddon Heights, New Jersey, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division weighing in at 6 pounds, 5 ounces. The catch earned him the day's Co-angler Big Bass award of $472.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 11-13 BFL Regional Championship on Chesapeake Bay in North East, Maryland. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard.

Courtesy of FLW Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

BEDFORD, Va. (April 23, 2018) – The Apprentice School duo of Hunter Atkins, of Carrsville, Virginia, and Kitt Moger, of Suffolk, Virginia, won the YETI FLW College Fishing event on Smith Mountain Lake on Saturday with a five-bass limit weighing 21 pounds, 2 ounces. The victory earned the Builders bass club $2,400 and a spot in the 2019 FLW College Fishing National Championship.

"We knew we had a pretty good limit, but we figured some of the other teams likely would as well, so we were surprised to get the win so convincingly," said Moger, a sophomore angler.

Moger said that the duo spent their day on the water sight-fishing for bass that they had marked on beds during their practice session Friday.

"It started Friday afternoon – we noticed a few fish were literally just moving up on the beds," Moger said. "We spent the rest of our afternoon running around and marking fish on beds that looked catchable. We had probably 8 to 10 marks saved for the tournament, then around 6 o'clock that evening we came upon a 7-pounder. We knew that was where we were going to start our tournament day.

"On Saturday, we launched our boat, attended the takeoff ceremony, and immediately ran up to the Roanoke end of the lake, back to the 7-pounder. It took about an hour and a half of work to get her to bite, but we got her."

"When we are sight-fishing, we both stand side-by-side on the front deck and take turns casting right after each other," said Atkins, a junior majoring in business. "It's a very fast-paced style and it seemed to get the fish aggravated more quickly."

The duo said that they were able to put about a half-dozen of their marks they had in the boat, and managed to find a few new fish on beds as the day went on. All 10 of the keepers that the team caught throughout the day came sight-fishing with a Texas-rigged black and blue-colored plastic craw.

"The key was determining which fish to spend the time on to catch," Moger went on to say. "Some of the bass were extremely skittish and you could quickly tell that they were a lost cause. I think the majority of the teams were fishing reaction-type baits, or around docks with Yamamoto Senkos. But, the key were finding those fish on beds and targeting the right ones."

The top 10 teams on Smith Mountain Lake that advanced to the 2019 College Fishing National Championship are:

1st:           The Apprentice School – Hunter Atkins, Carrsville, Va., and Kitt Moger, Suffolk, Va., five bass, 21-2, $2,400

2nd:          Wytheville Community College – Eric Hawks, Galax, Va., and Landon Siggers, Dry Fork, Va., five bass, 17-7, $1,000

3rd:          Schoolcraft Community College – Clayton Hatton, South Lyon, Mich., and Anthony Gilmore, of Livonia, Mich., five bass, 16-5, $700

4th:           Virginia Tech University – Ethan Morrison, Gordonsville, Va., and Garrett Jennings, Boones Mill, Va., five bass, 15-3, $500

5th:           Slippery Rock University – Kyle Brown, Wexford, Pa., and Andrew Eaton, Hingham, Mass.., five bass, 14-11, $500

6th:           Virginia Tech University – Junior Roberts, Ringgold, Va., and Ethan Stone, Charlottesville, Va., five bass, 14-10

7th:           Bluefield State College – Seth Comer and Donavan Carson, both of Peterstown, W. Va., five bass, 14-6

8th:           University of Akron – Trent Richards, Doylestown, Ohio, and Jonathan Harter, Norton, Ohio, four bass, 14-4

9th:           Radford University – Christian Williams, Wingina, Va., and Joshua Greenburg, Radford, Va., five bass, 14-2

10th:        California University of Pennsylvania – Nick Fulks, Canonsburg, Pa., and David Blaker, Rices Landing, Pa., five bass, 13-12

Courtesy of FLW Communications.