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FLW College Fishing

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (July 21, 2012) – The State University of New York-Plattsburgh team of John McDougall of Queensbury, N.Y., and Brendan Bolis of Canton, N.Y., won the National Guard FLW College Fishing Northern Conference event on Lake Champlain Saturday with five bass weighing 15 pounds, 11 ounces. The victory earned the team $5,000. The win also helped them advance to the Northern Conference Championship.
      “I’m ecstatic right now,” said McDougall, an Environmental Science major. “This is my second FLW tournament. I fished my first ever event for our club at the Lake Kerr event earlier this season and we finished 23rd. Brendan and I really put it together today, though, and it feels great to get the win.
      “We started out the day in an area we had found during our practice time. We had found most of our success in the bays, so that’s what we targeted today. Our first spot we hit using Spro Square bill crankbaits in 3 to 6 feet of water,” McDougall continued. “We had a limit before 8 a.m. That definitely took a lot of the pressure off.”
      The anglers then moved to a few other spots under the sunny, calm conditions before finding success deeper.
      “After we had our limit we moved to another bay and started drop-shotting wacky worms,” said Bolis, a Business major. “Watermelon seemed to be the hot color for the day. We caught around 30 fish throughout the day, and weighed in all largemouth. The bite was really consistent throughout the entire day.
      “We were actually an alternate team right up until five minutes before the tournament started,” Bolis went on to say. “We were the last team to launch our boat.”
      “We had to scramble and help our driver clean out his boat as everyone was already launching,” McDougall laughed. “I’m just happy that we got the boat clean and were able to fish in this tournament.”
      Rounding out the top five teams and also advancing to the Northern Conference Championship are:
      2nd: Penn State University – Jessica Moldofsky, Worcester, Pa., and Grae Buck, Perkiomenville, Pa. (five bass, 15-8, $1,500)
      3rd:  La Roche College – Jonathan Coholich and Richard Smith, both of Pittsburgh, Pa. (five bass, 14-4, $1,000)
      4th:  Fairmont State University – Ryan Radcliff, Parkersburg, W.Va., and Will Dieffenbauch, Hundred, W.Va. (five bass, 14-4, $1,000)
      5th:  Virginia Tech University – Jody White, Shaftsbury, Vt., and David Bryant, Covington, Va. (five bass, 13-9, $1,000)
      Complete results can be found at
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DETROIT — Jason Christie of Park Hill, Okla., claimed that his status as a non-local enabled him to stay focused and win this week’s Northern Open on Michigan’s bountiful Lake St. Clair, but he’s hoping to have a local advantage when he fishes the 2013 Bassmaster Classic on Oklahoma’s Grand Lake, the body of water where many consider him a prohibitive favorite.


Christie slammed the door shut today with 22 pounds, 13 ounces, to beat a field studded with Tour-level stars and a cadre of top local sticks. It was his third straight bag heavier than 21 pounds, and it will enable him to fulfill a lifelong dream.


“No. 1, you dream about fishing any Classic,” he said. “But to get to fish a Classic on your home lake is a dream come true.”


He said that his advantage over the many St. Clair regulars was that he didn’t have many decisions to make. He found one key area in the mouth of the Detroit River with patchy vegetation and decided to grind out the tournament in a limited range.


“They were probably debating what spot they needed to be on,” he said of his fellow competitors. “I didn’t have that problem. I had no desire to go anywhere else.”


He credited his HydroWave unit for firing up the schools of smallmouths and used his Power-Poles to slow down his drift. His primary baits were a green pumpkin Yum Tube and a Carolina-rigged Yum Salleemander in the same color.


“This is where you come to test your equipment, and my equipment did good,” he said.


Perhaps Rick Clunn isn’t the right role model for Christie to emulate; if all goes according to plan, he’d like to be the next Boyd Duckett, the only Classic contender to ever claim the crown in his home state.


Second-place finisher Brian Ward of Chesterfield, Mich., was the only angler other than Christie to weigh in more than 20 pounds each tournament day this week. He was remarkably consistent, with limits that weighed 21-14, 22-1 and 21-10.


“All I wanted to do was be steady,” Ward said. He achieved that goal, but ultimately fell short of Christie’s winning weight by nearly 2 pounds. Andrew Upshaw of Hemphill, Texas, who fished the 2012 Bassmaster Classic on the Red River, was the third angler to bring in more than 21 pounds today, and finished third, nearly 4 pounds behind Christie.


A dejected Brian Metry, who led on the first day and the second, suffered mechanical problems today that cost him several hours of valuable fishing time. Perhaps more importantly, after securing a loaner boat, he was left without his waypoints and forced to scramble to put together a limit that was decent by conventional standards but not nearly enough to maintain his lead. After weighing in 23-5 and 22-0 the first two days, he could only bring in 17-0 today and fell three places. Metry, of Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich., burned two different Jack-It Products crankbaits all week to elicit reaction strikes.





Courtesy of BASS Communications.

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ATHENS, Ala. – Robert L. Grike found the winning spot during the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Maryland Division 21 tournament, held June 30, 2012, on the Potomac River.

Running out of Smallwood State Park landing near Marbury, the Dumfries, Va., angler caught five bass weighing 18.42 pounds with a 5.53-pound kicker. For the Boater Division victory, the 43-year-old angler took home a check for $3,472.

“I had one deep spot with some rock piles picked out, but by the time I got there, I saw someone catching a 5-pounder,” Grike said. “I caught a small limit where I went, but within a half-hour, they moved off and I moved onto that spot. I caught fish slowly all day long, but I caught my three biggest fish in a 20-minute period. I culled all day until about 1 p.m.

In second for the 96 boaters, Jason S. Law of Egg Harbor, N.J., brought in a five-bass division limit weighing 17.97 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 5.82-pound kicker that took the tournament big bass honors.

Otis Darnell of Linden, Va., took third place among the boaters with five bass and 16.37 pounds with a 4.93-pound average. Ricky T. Windsor of Huntingtown, Md., finished fourth with five bass and 16.23 pounds including a 4.79-pound kicker. Edward Dustin of Fredericksburg, Va., rounded out the top five boaters with a five-bass limit weighing 15.27 pounds including a 5.02-pound kicker.

In the Co-Angler Division, Cherif A. Zaher, 60, of Orangeville, Pa., won with three bass going 13.12 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 4.56-pound kicker to pocket a check for $1,674.

“My boater limited out fairly quickly on topwaters before I had anything in the boat,” Zaher explained. “I was pitching a swim jig and finally caught my limit. We changed spots and I started throwing a swimbait and upgraded a little. We started fishing a weedbed and started flipping mats with a centipede to connect with some really nice fish. I was culling all day long.”

Fakruddin Rahimi of Falls Church, Va., placed second among the co-anglers with a three-bass division limit weighing 10.10 pounds. Right behind, Joseph E. Tinsley of Charlotte Hall, Md., finished in third with three bass and 9.99 pounds including one 5.15-pounder. Darrin M. Wells of Woodbridge, Va., landed in fourth place with three bass at 9.80 pounds, followed by Chris A. Gepford of Sterling, Va., with three bass going 9.74 pounds.

For more information on this tournament, call Gary Conner at (256) 230-5627 or ABA at (888) 203-6222. On line, see
About American Bass Anglers: The Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series provides weekend anglers a professionally operated competitive tour with a path the world championship of bass fishing the Bassmaster Classic. American Bass Anglers commitment is to provide low cost, close to home tournaments for the weekend angler and at the same time offer each competitor an upward path for individual angler progression. For more information about American Bass Anglers and the American Fishing Tour, The Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series or the American Couples Series, visit


Courtesy of American Bass Anglers/David Hagood.