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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

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.

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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.

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July 24, 2017--CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. – The Adrian College duo of Jarrett Martin and Zachary Graham, both of Gallipolis, Ohio, won the YETI FLW College Fishing Northern Conference tournament at Lake Chautauqua presented by Bass Pro Shops Saturday with a five-bass limit weighing 16 pounds, 3 ounces. The victory earned the Adrian bass club $2,000 and the team will now advance to compete at the 2018 FLW College Fishing National Championship.

“We were fishing on the north end of the lake,” said Graham, a sophomore, double majoring in environmental studies and geology. “We found a stretch of bank with no docks with a long rocky flat. About 40 yards off of the bank the rock would meet the grass, and we just worked the grassline all day long.”

“It was really one of the only green grassy areas that we were able to find,” said Martin, a senior majoring in business administration. “The lake has been sprayed recently, and there was quite a bit of brown, dead grass. But the fish were in the green stuff.”

“Jarrett was throwing a (Rebel) Pop-R off of the front all day and I was throwing a fluke off of the back,” Graham said. “We doubled up at least seven times.”

The fluke was a Bugsy's Baits USA Sic Minnow. The duo estimated they caught around 20 keepers throughout the day – around 13 smallmouth and seven largemouth. Their five-bass limit that they brought to the weigh-in scale consisted of two smallmouth and three largemouth.

“I think the key for us was the cloud cover,” Martin said. “If it would have been sunny, the fish would have been hiding in the shade. But, the way the clouds were, the bass were in the mood to eat all day and were extremely active.”

“I think the Pop-R was the key,” Graham added. “We have a lot of confidence in that bait and it produced the two biggest fish of the day for us.”

This YETI FLW College Fishing Northern Conference event at Lake Chautauqua was the second regular-season qualifying tournament for Northern Conference anglers in 2017. The next YETI FLW College Fishing event will be the Northern Conference regular-season finale, scheduled for Sept. 9 on Lake Erie in Sandusky, Ohio.

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 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 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

Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.