UPCOMING EVENT: TACKLE WAREHOUSE PRO CIRCUIT - 2020 - Harris Chain of Lakes

Working out the kinks on Kinkaid

Working out the kinks on Kinkaid
FLW College Fishing Central Regional qualifiers get ready for the start of the day's competition on Kinkaid Lake.

CARBONDALE, Ill. - With only 10 of 20 teams recording a catch during Thursday's opening round of FLW College Fishing Central Regional competition, anglers were eager to head back out onto the open waters of Kinkaid Lake in order to make amends. As the top-five cut looms, anglers know they will have their work cut out for them if they are to have any hope of qualifying for Saturday's finals.

To be sure there is plenty at stake during today's competition. By the time Friday's weigh-in concludes, 15 college teams will be sent packing. The other five teams will not only remain in contention for a tournament title, but will also receive automatic berths into the 2012 FLW College Fishing National Championship. As a result, there is plenty of incentive to do everything possible to unlock the mystery of Kinkaid's fickle bass bite.

"We're going to try and do the same thing we did yesterday," said University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point team member Ted Johnson, whose squad rose above the entire field during the opening round with an 8-pound, 4-ounce catch. "But it's going to be tough. We didn't get a whole lot of good bites yesterday so we're going to have to try even harder today. Yesterday, we were able to eliminate some water that wasn't very productive, so that's a good thing. We've basically just been grinding it out. Yesterday, we're able to fish pretty cleanly and capitalize on our good bites. And that's what it's going to take today because, so far, keeper bites on this lake have been rare."

Takeoff is under way at Kinkaid Lake.Anglers are also cognizant of the fact that the lake's 16-inch minimum length requirement for all legal fish catches will make today's fishing that much more difficult. And, as a result, make the tournament that much more wide open for big fluctuations on the leaderboard.

"If this was a 15-inch minimum tournament I think you would have seen a lot more limits yesterday," said Johnson. "I know we would have been culling. But when you have to throw back 15 1/2- and 15 ¾-inch fish it gets pretty frustrating. I mean, a 16-inch fish is a good fish wherever you are. So we're just going to have to grind it out again today."

Johnson's team was the only school to register at least three fish in Thursday's competition. Four other teams recorded two-fish stringers, five recorded one-fish sacks and 10 teams came up empty. Furthermore, only two teams recorded a total weight above 5 pounds.

"I think this tournament is still pretty much wide open at this point," said Johnson.

Click here for a complete list of results.

Tourney format and event logistics

College anglers make some last-minute preparations before takeoff.Twenty college teams will compete for a top award of $50,000 to be split between the school and bass fishing club; $37,500 for the bass club, which includes $12,500 in cash as well as a Ranger 177TR with a 90 horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard wrapped in school colors, and $12,500 for their school.

Anglers will take off from the Kinkaid Lake Marina located at 2063 Marina Road in Murphysboro, Ill., at 7 a.m. daily. All weigh-ins will be held at the SIU Arena located at 1400 Arena Drive in Carbondale, Ill. Friday's weigh-in will begin at 4 p.m., and Saturday's final weigh-in will be held at 5 p.m., or upon the completion of the SIU vs. North Dakota State football game. Takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public.

Schools competing this week on Kinkaid Lake are:
Eastern Kentucky - Kyle Raymer and John Smith
Eastern Kentucky - Tyler Moberly and Jonas Ertel
Indiana University - Dustin Vaal and Steven Bressler
Iowa State University - Travis Graves and Branden Bowden
Kansas State University - Ryan Patterson
Kansas State University - Andrew Farmer Tom Hobson
MidAmerica Nazarene University - Brandon Owen and Jacob Johnson
Northwestern University - Jimmy Morrow and Matthew Kestufskie
Purdue University - Ryan Spicer and Chris Kaiser
Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville - Brad Lemasters and Justin Skinner
University of Arkansas, Little Rock - Trent Gephardt
University of Iowa - James Steffen and Brandon Madison
University of Missouri - Scott Dooley and Duron Netsell
University of Missouri - Taylor Knight and Champ Caldwell
University of North Dakota - Kyle Harren and Pat Davis.
University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point - Ted Johnson and Jody Derks
University of Wisconsin, Whitewater - Jordan Truttschel and Tyler Netzer
University of Wisconsin, Whitewater - Brooks Gullixon and Bradley Taylor
Winona State University - Zac Cassill and Cade Laufenberg
Western Kentucky University - Andy Southard and Cody Napier

(Note: Although Carter Norman of the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, and Brandon Patterson of Kansas State University qualified for the regional championship, both anglers are unable to compete this week due to scheduling conflicts).

Day-two takeoff is about to commence for FLW College Fishing Central Regional competitors oni Kinkaid Lake.The top five teams from FLW College Central Regional Championship will advance to the FLW College Fishing National Championship, which features a first-place award of $100,000; $25,000 for their school and $50,000 cash and a Ranger 177TR bass boat with a 90 horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard wrapped in school colors for their fishing club.

SIU will host the College Fishing Festival throughout the three-day tournament. Students and fishing fans alike will be treated to the National Guard Warrior Challenge, a Ranger Boat simulator, tailgate games, a sports zone along with contests for cash and several prize giveaways. The festival will take place at the SIU Arena from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

College Fishing is free to enter and FLW Outdoors provides boats and drivers for each competing team along with travel allowances. 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.

Bass-fishing fans take note

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater cheering section was out in full force during Friday takeoff.Coverage of the Central Regional Championship will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on VERSUS. That episode of "FLW Outdoors" will air Nov. 20 from 1-2 p.m. ET. "FLW Outdoors," hosted by Jason Harper, is broadcast to approximately 500 million households worldwide.

Want to watch Friday's FLW College Fishing Central Regional Championship weigh-in live, but can't make it in person? Then tune into FLW Live on FLWOutdoors.com shortly before 4 p.m. Central time to watch live streaming video and audio of today's weigh in.

Friday's conditions

Sunrise: 6:58 a.m.
Temperature at takeoff: 56 degrees
Expected high temperature: 86 degrees
Water temperature: 68-72 degrees
Wind: SSE at 3-11 mph
Humidity: 51 percent
Day's outlook: sunny

Related links:

Event schedule

Tags: gary-mortenson  morning-story  2011-10-06-central-regional-lake-kinkaid 

Warmer Weather Good Sign at St. Johns

Warmer Weather Good Sign at St. Johns

The cold front that moved through northeast Florida last week shut down the fishing on the St. Johns River in a big way, just as bass were starting to move up to the banks to begin spawning. With the weather that came through, many of those fish pulled back off the bank to wait for more stable conditions. Fortunately, stability arrived this week in the form of warmer weather, but it remains to be seen if those three or four days of warm, stable conditions are going to be enough to get fish back up on beds. For now, it’s safe to assume anglers are going to have to be adaptable over the next few days in the Toyota Series Southern Division opener. READ MORE »

Feast or Famine at Toledo Bend

Feast or Famine at Toledo Bend

It’s been nearly six years since the Toyota Series has been to Toledo Bend, but this week the Sabine River impoundment takes center stage to kick off the Southwestern Division season. READ MORE »

Lake of the Ozarks Midday Update – Day 1

Lake of the Ozarks Midday Update – Day 1

All the talk leading up the final leg of the Costa FLW Series Central Division presented by Evinrude on Lake of the Ozarks was about the weather. And Mother Nature did not disappoint. READ MORE »

Stormy Start at Lake of the Ozarks

Stormy Start at Lake of the Ozarks

The final leg of the Costa FLW Series Central Division presented by Evinrude on Lake of the Ozarks will launch right as a massive cold front arrives. How massive? The forecast has been calling for heavy rain and a high of 74 today, and so far hasn’t been wrong. A major thunderstorm greeted anglers this morning and delayed takeoff by an hour and fifteen minutes thanks to abundant lightning. Tomorrow? A high in the mid 40s. READ MORE »

Grand Lake Midday Update – Day 3

Grand Lake Midday Update – Day 3

Typically, the first day or two following a cold front put bass in a bad mood, and today, Grand Lake’s fish are following the script. This has created a challenging scenario for the top-10 finalists in the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division finale, presented by T-H Marine. READ MORE »

Grand Lake Midday Update – Day 2

Grand Lake Midday Update – Day 2

You know fishing’s tough when the most common greeting we receive is the goose egg hand signal. No question, day two of the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division finale, presented by T-H Marine, had a lot of anglers scratching for bites and scratching their heads. READ MORE »

Changes Afoot at Grand Lake

Changes Afoot at Grand Lake

Fall is a time of change and movement; two notions bound to impact the outcome of the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division finale, presented by T-H Marine, on Oklahoma’s Grand Lake. Typical fall migrations are underway, but an approaching cold front will likely complicate the already challenging nature of autumn’s transition. READ MORE »

Underway on the Delta

Underway on the Delta

No matter the weather, no matter the environmental concerns, no matter the fishing pressure, the California Delta remains one of the nation’s most diverse and fertile freshwater fisheries — a truth that should play out in dramatic form during the Costa FLW Series Western Division event. READ MORE »

St. Lawrence Midday Update – Day 3

St. Lawrence Midday Update – Day 3

Weights were already tight going into the final day of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division finale on the St. Lawrence River, which is presented by Gajo Baits. Little more than a pound separated leader Jonathan Kelley from Casey Smith in fifth place. READ MORE »

St. Lawrence Midday Update – Day 2

St. Lawrence Midday Update – Day 2

With slightly warmer weather and similar sun and wind conditions, day two of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division presented by Gajo Baits on the St. Lawrence River should’ve presented optimal conditions for smallmouth. Instead, nearly every angler our on-the-water crew encountered today said the same thing: It’s tougher. READ MORE »

To Run or Not to Run

To Run or Not to Run

The final leg of the Costa FLW Series Northern Division on the St. Lawrence River, presented by Gajo Baits, is primed to be a smallmouth smashfest, as usual. That said, this year’s event, which is presented by Realtree Fishing, will launch out of Massena, N.Y., instead of the usual Clayton. So, what was once a 15-or-so-mile run to the mouth of the lake from takeoff – and roughly 30-plus miles to Gallo Island or Main Duck – will now be about a 95-mile run just to get to the lake. READ MORE »

Underway on the Potomac

Underway on the Potomac

For the tournament, the wind isn’t forecast to be too strong any day, and the tides will be fairly standard, but not ideal from a timing standpoint. Today, low tide was at 6:15 a.m., and low tide on Saturday will be at 8:15. That means that pros will mostly be fishing a rising tide through the tournament, with the best windows likely coming early on Friday and Saturday. READ MORE »

Go-Time Again on Champlain

Go-Time Again on Champlain

Each of the last three years have seen the Costa FLW Series Northern Division presented by Gajo Baits kick off on Champlain. This tournament, which is presented by Polaris, should offer great fishing like usual, but the dominant pattern certainly won’t be spawning smallmouths. Instead, it could be a largemouth slugfest, as the fishing has continued to prove strong on the south end of the lake. READ MORE »

Let the Rayburn Catchfest Begin

Let the Rayburn Catchfest Begin

We’re five months later into the year now, and while the water level at Rayburn has fluctuated in the months since the Tour event, it’s still about 4 1/2 feet above full pool as anglers take to Big Sam for the Costa FLW Series Southwestern Division event presented by Mercury. READ MORE »

National Championship Gets Going

National Championship Gets Going

Bright and early this morning, 148 teams of the best college bass anglers in the country rolled out for day one of the YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship presented by Lowrance on the Potomac River. The 10th annual National Championship is the culmination of the 2018 season, and the winning duo qualifies for the 2019 FLW Cup and earns a new Ranger boat for its club.  READ MORE »

All-American Underway on the Potomac

All-American Underway on the Potomac

Winning the T-H Marine Bass Fishing League (BFL) All-American is a lifetime accomplishment, and this week, 49 boaters and co-anglers will have the chance to do it on the Potomac River. Presented by General Tire, the crowning event of the BFL season runs May 30 through June 1, and the winner on the boater side will walk away with $120,000 and a trip to the FLW Cup. READ MORE »

Big Bags Coming on Rainy Clear Lake

Big Bags Coming on Rainy Clear Lake

One of the gems of California bass fishing might have its luster muted by the week’s weather, but Clear Lake will likely still provide plenty of opportunity for anglers competing in this week’s Costa FLW Series Western Division event, which is presented by Ranger Boats and hosted by Konocti Vista Casino Resort & Marina.  READ MORE »

Everything on the Table at Table Rock

Everything on the Table at Table Rock

Stop No. 2 of the Costa FLW Series Central Division, which is presented by Power-Pole and hosted by Explore Branson, is primed to be an all-out show. It seems like the lake’s entire population of bass is rushing to the bank to spawn, with all three species willing to eat a vast array of offerings. The only question: Will Mother Nature play nice? READ MORE »

Tougher but Still Santee Cooper

Tougher but Still Santee Cooper

The Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division finale began this morning at Santee Cooper, where even though fishing has been tough, everyone expects to see mega-bags brought to weigh-in. The bass are nearly done spawning, but a strong shad spawn in the mornings offers real potential. READ MORE »

Everything’s in Play on Kentucky Lake

Everything’s in Play on Kentucky Lake

A squad of 147 boaters and their co-anglers partners enjoyed a pleasant spring morning in western Kentucky for the start of the Costa FLW Series Central Division tournament presented by Lowrance on Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley. READ MORE »