UPCOMING EVENT: Bass Fishing League - 2016 - Lake Okeechobee

FLW College Fishing Headed to Grand Lake

Ominous skies at takeoff bespoke the potential for rough weather on day one at Grand Lake.

MONKEY ISLAND, Okla. (June 10, 2014) - FLW College Fishing is headed to Grand Lake June 21 for the second regular-season stop in the Southern Conference. Up to 50 college teams will be competing for a top award of $2,000 and a berth in the Southern Conference Invitational tournament.

"A big factor in this tournament will be the rain," said Chevy pro Jimmy Houston of Cookson, Okla., who finished fourth in the Walmart FLW Tour tournament held on Grand Lake in 2013. "If the water rises into the bushes it will change the lake from how it normally fishes this time of year.

"Normally during the summertime it is all about offshore fishing, like it is on the Tennessee River. There are a lot of fish caught in deeper water on big crankbaits, football jigs and plastic worms," Houston said. "If the water doesn't get in the bushes, that's where most of the fish will be.

"There's a lot of brush out deep. It's an old lake and there is a lot of man-made brush deep in that lake. Most of the tournaments that are won deep are won on brush piles.

"However, if the water gets up in the bushes, everyone will have to fish them," continued Houston. "They will be loaded with four- and five-pound bass. The fish don't necessarily move into them immediately, but they'll do it if the water gets in them."

Houston said that if the bushes were holding fish, BOOYAH spinnerbaits, Z-Man Original ChatterBaits, small crankbaits, jigs and soft-plastic craws would be good baits for the college anglers to try.

Houston predicted that the winner would bring about 20 pounds to the scale.

Anglers will take off from Martin Landing located at 26700 S. Highway 125 on Monkey Island at 6:30 a.m. Weigh-in will be held at the takeoff location starting at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. Takeoff and weigh-in is free and open to the public.

Schools competing in the Grand Lake tournament, which is hosted by the Grand Lake Association, include:

Angelo State University - Logan Clark and Matthew Freeman, both of San Angelo, Texas
Angelo State University - Ryan Easterly, Carlsbad, Texas, and Blake Turner, San Angelo, Texas
Arkansas State University-Jonesboro - Tyler Gaskin, Wynne, Ark., and Dail Baldwin, Jonesboro, Ark.
Baylor University - Denver Lawless, McGregor, Texas, and Reid Carlisle, Waco, Texas
Baylor University - Tyler Torwick, Waco, Texas, and Connor Case, Plano, Texas
Colorado Mesa University - Kennedy Kinkade and Josh Worth, both of Grand Junction, Colo.
Colorado State University - Matthew Grace, Fort Collins, Colo., and Cameron Mills, Windsor, Colo.
Colorado State University - Michael Harpell, Fort Collins, Colo., and Tyler Hassler, Fountain, Colo.
Dallas Baptist University - Zackery Hines, Clyde, Texas., and Dakota Jones, Mead, Wash.
East Central University - Tanner Masters and Wyatt Ryan, both of Ada, Okla.
Lamar University - Josh Bowie, Port Neches, Texas, and Brandon Simoneaux, Bridge City, La.
Louisiana Tech University - Matthew Loetscher, Many, La., and Caleb Boudreaux, Doyline, La.
Nicholls State University - Tyler Rivert, Raceland, La., and Cameron Naquin, Gray, La.
Northeastern State University-Tahlequah - Conner Schawb, Broken Arrow, Okla., and Lane Kindle, Westville, Okla.
Northeastern State University-Tahlequah - Donald Hart and Natalie Hatley, both of Hulbert, Okla.
Northeastern State University-Tahlequah - Dylan Duncan and Kyrston Dozier, Kansas, Okla.
Oklahoma State University - Dustyn Pendergraft, Claremore, Okla., and Michael Hall, Inola, Okla.
Oklahoma State University - Jacob Fish and Cameron Deborde, both of Stillwater, Okla.
Sam Houston State University - Robbie Laskoskie, Kemah, Texas., and Jared Pruitt, Crowley, Texas
Southeastern Oklahoma University - Jonathan Furlong, Bixby, Okla., and Dwight Camp, Talihina, Okla.
Southern Arkansas University - Zane Harger, Ashdown, Ark., and Hunter Bruce, Powderly, Texas
Southwestern Oklahoma State University - Mitchell Decker, Broken Arrow, Okla., and Shane McGlothlin, Anadarko, Okla.
Stephen F. Austin State University - Blake Schroeder, Cypress, Texas, and Jordan Lane, North Richland Hills, Texas
Stephen F. Austin State University - Clayton Godfrey, Texarkana, Texas, and Garret Lindsey, Lumberton, Texas
Stephen F. Austin State University - Justin Marcum, Nacogdoches, Texas, and Alec Castonguay, Rockwall, Texas
Tarleton State University-Stephenville - James McCaleb, Stephenville, Texas, and Robert Ramsey, Missouri City, Texas
Tarleton State University-Stephenville - Jonathan Newton, Burleston, Texas, and Riley Waits, Joshua, Texas
Tarleton State University-Stephenville - Kehl Robbins, Stephenville, Texas, and Austin Brown, Pearland, Texas
Texas A&M - Brennan Fertig, Sunrise Beach, Texas, and Randy Clark, College Station, Texas
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi - Logan Jones and Derek Mangold, both of Corpus Christi, Texas
Texas A&M-Kingsville - Aaron Canul and Kevin Rock, both of Kingsville, Texas
Texas A&M-Kingsville - Cody Garrett, Kingsville, Texas, and Evan Blott, Tomball, Texas
Texas A&M University System-Texarkana - Justin Snow, Nash, Texas, and Caleb Young, Maud, Texas
Texas Christian University - Austin Tucker and Dustin Jones, both of Fort Worth, Texas
Texas State University - Andrew Jackson and Justin Chambers, both of San Marcos, Texas
Texas Tech University - Joseph Smith and Layne Bynum, both of Lubbock, Texas
University of Arkansas - Drew Porto and Kenneth Anderson, both of Fayetteville, Ark.
University of Arkansas - Sam Horn, Fort Smith, Ark., and Jonny Schultz, Maumelle, Ark.
University of Arkansas-Little Rock - Zachary Rollings, Mabelvale, Ark., and Tyler Hamby, Little Rock, Ark.
University of Arkansas-Monticello - Richard Harris and Timothy Smith, both of Monticello, Ark.
University of Central Oklahoma - Brock Enmeier, Enid, Okla., and Tanner Snow, Oklahoma City, Okla.
University of Central Oklahoma - Colten Hutson, Edmond, Okla., and Joshua White, Yukon, Okla.
University of Central Oklahoma - Zach Holliday, Yukon, Okla., and Chris Zins, Oklahoma City, Okla.
University of Louisiana-Lafayette - Cody McCrary, Baton Rouge, La., and Neil Arnaud, Carencro, La.
University of Louisiana-Lafayette - Zachary Dubois, Kaplan, La., and Ry Savoy, St. Martinsville, La.
University of Louisiana-Monroe - Blake Alford and Tyler Stewart, both of West Monroe, Ark.
University of North Texas - Andrew Golden and Branden Barnett, both of Denton, Texas
University of North Texas - Sean Watson, Rowlett, Texas, and Michael Worley, Bedford, Texas
University of Oklahoma - Caleb Masters, Bixby, Okla., and Landon Dixon, Hinton, Okla.
University of Oklahoma - Johnathan Haines, Tulsa, Okla., and Alex Edgeman, The Woodlands, Texas

FLW College Fishing teams compete in three qualifying events in one of five conferences - Central, Northern, Southern, Southeastern and Western. The top 15 teams from each regular-season tournament will qualify for one of five conference invitational tournaments. The top 10 teams from each conference invitational tournament will advance to the 2015 FLW College Fishing National Championship.

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

For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow College Fishing on Facebook at Facebook.com/FLWFishing and on Twitter at Twitter.com/FLWFishing. Visit FLWOutdoors.com to sign up or to start a club at your school.

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