FLW College Fishing heads to Chesapeake Bay

Swarms of seagulls flee the dock as EverStart boaters return to the marina after a hard day of fishing on the Chesapeake Bay.

NORTH EAST, Md. – FLW College Fishing is headed to the Chesapeake Bay July 12 for the second of three regular-season stops in the Northern Conference. A field of up to 50 college teams will be competing for a top award of $2,000 and a berth in the Northern Conference Invitational tournament.

“There are three predominant patterns on the Chesapeake Bay,” said Walmart FLW Tour pro Adrian Avena of Vineland, N.J., a former FLW College Fishing angler who now fishes at the sport’s top level. “The first is fishing the boat docks. The second is fishing the giant flat right there as you come out of North East. You can’t miss it – it’s a giant area that is nothing but grass. The third is finding the rocks and cranking the riprap.

“All of the fish will be caught in 5 feet of water or less,” Avena continued. “I think that the majority of the teams will be fishing the grass on the big flat or targeting the docks.

“If I was fishing this event, it’d be textbook fishing,” Avena said. “I’d be throwing a ChatterBait in the grass or a frog up in the matted grass. I’d be flipping a 3/8-ounce black and blue-colored Zorro’s Casting Booza Bug or throwing a light shaky-head rig around the docks and crankbaits on the riprap.”

Avena said that any team that brought 18 pounds to the scale would have a chance to win, but that he wouldn’t be shocked at all to see some stringers up in the 20- to 22-pound range.

“My advice to the college anglers would be not to burn more than five gallons of gas throughout the entire tournament,” Avena went on to say. “More tournaments go out of that marina than any other place that I have been to in the country, and most of the tournaments held there are won within sight of the marina. Launch the boat, put the trolling motor down and start fishing. You’re going to be rubbing shoulders and fishing around a lot of people, but if you can figure out something a little bit different that could be the key in doing well.”

Anglers will take off from Anchor Marina located at 36 Iroquois Drive in North East, Md., 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 competing in the Chesapeake Bay tournament, which is hosted by Cecil County Tourism, include:

Bowling Green State University – Maxwell Newcomer, Whithouse, Ohio, and Sam Manning, Doylestown, Ohio

Bowling Green State University – Zachary Goeglein, Livonia, Mich., and Jason Scott, Perrysburg, Ohio

Centenary College of New Jersey – Evan Miles, West Orange, N.J., and Lucas Bogosian, Harrington Park, N.J.

Central Michigan University – Brian Bustamante, Dearborn, Mich., and Blake Goodell, Traverse City, Mich.

Christopher Newport University – Robert Seise, Gainesville, Va., and Taylor Godsey, Chester, Va.

Fairmont State University – Brandon Hunter, Canvas, W.Va., and Nicholas Bragg, Fairview, W.Va.

Fairmont State University – Bryson Grimes, Kingwood, W.Va., and Aaron Davis, Pleasant Valley, W.Va.

Fairmont State University – Landon Paul and Ryan Houser, both of Fairmont, W.Va.

Grand Valley State University – Scott Taege, Algonquin, Ill., and Matt Smartt, St. Clair Shores, Mich.

Grand Valley State University – Zachary Wiggers, Muskegon, Mich., and Justin Bruno, Nunica, Mich.

Kent State University – Greg Perry, Cortland, Ohio, and Corey Locker, Canton, Ohio

La Roche College – Jonathan Coholich and Nicholas Yund, both of Pittsburgh, Pa.

Liberty University – Brian Travers, West Jefferson, N.C., and Justin Patten, Lynchburg, Va.

Liberty University – Brice Bahhur, Lexington, Va., and Shane Fetty, Williamsburg, Va.

Liberty University – Landon Riggleman, Lynchburg, Va., and Chris Parent, Hermon, Maine

Lynchburg College – Luke Taylor, Jefferson City, Mo., and Graham Byrd, Farram, Va.

Mansfield University of Pennsylvania – Bryan Rupp, Archbald, Pa., and Colton Otto, Carlisle, Pa.

Mansfield University of Pennsylvania – Kyle McKee, Carlisle, Pa., and Garrett O’Brock, Enola, Pa.

Mansfield University of Pennsylvania – Matt Novitski, Kingston, Pa., and Alec Engleman, Milton, Pa.

Mansfield University of Pennsylvania – Tyler Grabowski, Fairless Hills, Pa., and Ryan Fluharty, Perkiomenville, Pa.

Northwood University – Travis Riedel, Falmouth, Mich., and Zach Lowe, Huntington Woods, Mich.

Ohio Northern University – Cole Cochran, Troy, Ohio, and Austin Hostetler, Strasburg, Ohio

Pennsylvania State University – Anthony Kashiwsky, Aliquippa, Pa., and Kevin Barber, Lancaster Pa.

Pennsylvania State University – Timothy Rundle, East Berlin, Pa., and Sean Cummins, Huntingdon, Pa.

Pennsylvania State University – Steven Griffith, Imler, Pa., and Maurice Hudson Jr., Broomall, Pa.

Radford University – George Fleming, Lorton, Va., and Tanner Blanks, Radford, Va.

Radford University – Austin Cox and Philip Cox, both of Hiwassee, Va.

Ramapo College – Andrew Annuzzi, Oldbridge, N.J., and Andrew Zapf, Whippany, N.J.

Ramapo College – Mike Concato, Clifton, N.J., and Joseph Zapf, Whippany, N.J.

Rochester Institute of Technology – Jason Karol and John Henderson Jr., both of Rochester, N.Y.

Rutgers University-New Brunswick – Kyle Genova, Millstone Township, N.J., and Andrew Ridinger, West Deptford, N.J.

Shenandoah University – Thomas Arens and Billy Arens, both of Purcellville, Va.

Shippensburg University – Kevin Hollasch, Marriottsville, Md., and Hunter Chamberlin, Shippensburg, Pa.

Slippery Rock University – Jeremy Randour, Washington, Pa., and Billy Hines, Erie, Pa.

State University of New York-College of Environmental Science and Forestry – Mike Longacre, Perkasie, Pa., and Zack Longo, Mohegan Lake, N.Y.

State University of New York-Plattsburgh – Jason Barnes, Hadley, N.Y., and Kevin Grist, Wingdale, N.Y.

State University of New York-Plattsburgh – Matt Ziomek, Amhorist, Mass., and Myles Tallada, West Crazy, N.Y.

United States Military Academy-West Point – Robert Barger, Gainesville, Ga., and Caleb Primos, Milford, Del.

Virginia Commonwealth University – Donnie Miller, Midlothian, Va., and Alex Miller, Moseley, Va.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University – Cory Fox and Dylan Cooper, both of Luray, Va.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University – Ricky Kassebaum, Salem, Va., and Jacob Meade, Blacksburg, Va.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University – Riley Wimer, Midlothian, Va., and Dan Dezzutti, Springfield, Va.

West Virginia University – Benjamin Ray, Fairmont, W.Va., and Matthew Combs, Huber Heights, Ohio

West Virginia University – Mathew Gibson, Cumberland, Md., and Edward Rude III, Falling Waters, W.Va.

Youngstown State University – Charles Cremeans, Youngstown, Ohio, and Stan Miketa, New Middletown, Ohio

FLW College Fishing teams compete in three qualifying events 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 invitational tournaments. The top ten 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 CollegeFishing.com to sign up or to start a club at your school.

About FLW

FLW is the industry’s premier tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2014 over the course of 229 tournaments across five tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sport’s richest payday and most coveted championship trophy – the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW" television show and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world. For more information about FLW visit FLWOutdoors.com and look for FLW on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

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