UPCOMING EVENT: TOYOTA SERIES - 2020 - Lake Cumberland

Purdue pulls it off

Purdue pulls it off
Nicholas Schuetz and Elliott Myers walk away with the Central Conference Championship title and a Ranger Z117 for the Purdue club.

CARLYLE, Ill. - Coming into the final day, the competitive nature between the two rival schools of Purdue and Indiana was to see who could place higher. Purdue started the day just 15 ounces out of the lead, and almost 4 pounds ahead of Indiana. As Purdue took the stage they had only one team left to weigh in - the team that lead coming into the final day.

When Winona State only brought three fish to the scales, it sealed the victory for Nicholas Schuetz and Elliott Myers of Purdue and sat Indiana behind them to only sweeten the deal. Schuetz and Myers weighed in 11 pounds, 11 ounces on day one, backed that up with 14-14 on day two and replicated their day on total of 11-11 today to give them 37-15 for a three-day total and the Central Conference Championship.

Elliott Myers rigs up for the final day of the National Guard FLW Central Conference Championship. As storms rolled through Carlyle during the evening hours, the teams awoke to temperatures nearly 20 degrees cooler than what they have been on the previous days. With the water rising slightly and temps dropping, Purdue expected it could have been a tough day.

"We knew that because of that cold front the fish would hold on wood cover really good today," said Schuetz. "Our area we fished had lots of wood in it so we knew we would be around fish. Winona was in the same spot, we just stayed patient and knew eventually the fish would bite."

Purdue fished in the back of the Peppenhorst Branch all week long. Most of their attention was spent on shallow flooded cover in 3 feet or less. To entice bites everyday they relied on multiple different baits. On the first day a bluegill with chartreuse tail Secret Lures Stupid Tube was the hot ticket. On the second day the Terminator spinnerbait and a Secret Lures swim jig did the job. For the final day when they slowed down, a Big Bite Baits YoMama helped put fish in the boat. Though, a Terminator spinnerbait did provide their biggest fish of the day.

"One of the best things about our spot was that we had fish coming to us," continued Schuetz. "Anytime you find fish that are coming to you, it's really your tournament to lose."

Nicholas Schuetz and Elliott Myers show off their 11-pound, 6-ounce bag on the final day. Myers is a quiet guy who was all smiles the entire week. He never had much to say, but that must be because he did all of his talking in the boat. Myers carried the team today as he caught a majority of the fish.

"I'm a pretty quiet guy, I just try to keep Nick calm when he gets worked up on the water," said Myers. "I have to hand it to Nick; he did a great job with the net today."

As they stood on stage trying to think of all the people they would like to thank, Schuetz put it simply, "We would like to thank a junk-ton of sponsors."

Indiana rises to second

Dustin Vaal and Steven Bressler finish with a three-day total weight of 34 pounds, 7 ounces. If there was an award for consistency this week, Dustin Vaal and Steven Bressler would win it hands down. They sat in fourth place after a day-one weight of 11 pounds, 1 ounce. They dropped to fifth on day two with 11-11, and made the cut to fish the final day. Once again, they brought 11-11 to the stage today and climbed the ranks to take home second place for Indiana with a three-day total of 34-7.

"Today we just fished our instincts, if we saw something that looked good we fished it," said Bressler.

"We ran all over the lake again today," said Vaal. "We had the chances today but lost two good ones."

Indiana focused on one pattern all week that they were able to replicate across the lake. It focused on fishing the first two pockets on the outer edge of the bays, but they had to have flooded grass and shad. They would drive into a pocket that looked promising from a distance, and if they saw grass but no shad then they would continue to cover water. Often times they focused on the sighting of birds to indicate that shad were nearby.

Once they found a pocket they liked, they would sometimes push the shad with their boat to drive them to the back of the pocket. This would cause the bass in there to begin feeding and Indiana would capitalize. They would then try to drive the shad back out of the pocket to pick up a bite or two in the deeper water.

"I used a Local Hooker Rod with 15-pound Vicious fluorocarbon and a Team Supreme 50/50 Spinnerbait most of the week," said Vaal.

While Bressler used a Team Supreme skirt on a custom chatterbait-type lure.

Eastern Kentucky takes third

John Smith and Kyle Raymer brought 10 pounds, 15 ounces to the scales on day three to take third place. Kyle Raymer and John Smith started the week in second place with 12 pounds, 11 ounces. They followed that up with 10-4 on day two and 10-15 today, bringing their three-day total to 33-14. That earned the Eastern Kentucky team the third place spot.

"The waves got up today which made it so we couldn't really run around as much as we wanted," said Raymer.

"We had to figure out what the fish were doing each day, it seemed like they were located different each day," Smith followed up.

EKU also fished in the back of Peppenhorst, only they focused on the right branch of the area.

A Strike King buzzbait and spinnerbait were responsible for several of the fish that Raymer and Smith caught throughout the week. A black/blue Strike King tube also caught fish when they flipped to cover.

Winona State falls to fourth

Cade Laufenberg and Sam Schollmeier managed only three fish on the final day and fell to fourth. Cade Laufenberg and Sam Schollmeier got off to a rough start at the beginning of the week with a 9-pound, 11-ounce limit. The Warriors then stepped it up and whacked a 17-13 stringer on day two, giving them a 15-ounce lead to start the final day. Winona was the only team today that didn't catch a limit and weighed 5-11. Their three-day total was 33-3, dropping them into the fourth spot.


Laufenberg and Schollmeier were fishing in Peppenhorst as well, sharing water with Purdue all week.

"It was a slow start, we caught a couple short fish early but didn't get a keeper until 9:30 a.m.," said Laufenberg. "After that we had our three fish by 10:15. The pressure was on to fill our limit, and around noon we scrapped our game plan and gambled. If we would have stayed put, we would have caught a limit. Decision making is what killed us today."

The "swagger" bait that was so vital for the team was a Revenge Baits bladed swim jig with a swimbait used as the trailer.

Laufenberg wanted to thank Lethal Weapon lures for all of their support.

Georgetown takes fifth

Mike Huff and Nick Huff finished in fifth with a three-day total weight of 32 pounds, 13 ounces. To make a good team in fishing usually it helps to understand how the other guy thinks and fishes. For the two Huff cousins, Nick and Mike, this comes very naturally to them. They each are 22-years-old, are seniors in communication and grew up less than 100 yards from each other.

Georgetown was the only team that made the cut who was focused on an entirely different pattern. While most schools followed the fish into the flooded grass and wood, Nick and Mike focused on rock banks.

"We would pitch our bait up to the rocks and fish it back two or three hops; once it got into about 5 or 6 feet we just reeled in," said Mike. "All of our fish came in 5 feet or less."

The team switched their attention to the mouth of Allen Branch today where they found a sweet spot. The Huffs put four keepers in the boat in about four minutes while fishing a 20 foot stretch of rocks. This was a spot that they hadn't fished all week.

The duo pitched a Texas-rigged Trixie Sweet Beaver on a 4/0 Gamakatsu hook, or a 3/0 Trokar with a 3/16-ounce weight.
















Tags: kyle-wood  headline-story  2012-09-06-central-conference-championship 

Kimmel Ices Co-Angler Victory

Kimmel Ices Co-Angler Victory

Justin Kimmel has had built up a sterling record from the back of the boat on Lake Hartwell, and today he padded his stats with a win in the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine All-American presented by TINCUP. Kimmel, now with three multi-day wins on Hartwell, totaled 26 pounds, 9 ounces and banked $50,000 for the win. READ MORE »

Macy Wins the All-American

Macy Wins the All-American

Weighing 13 pounds, 1 ounce on the final day, Chris Macy totaled 34-10 to win the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine All-American presented by TINCUP. Hailing from Diamond, Mo., Macy rose from fifth to first on the final day to claim the $100,000 top prize in his first time in the All-American. READ MORE »

Lake Hartwell Top 5 Patterns – Day 2

Lake Hartwell Top 5 Patterns – Day 2

Though there are some possibilities for interesting shallow things to happen on the final day, so far offshore spotted bass have been the name of the game in the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine All-American presented by TINCUP. With most of the action going down in the lower end of Lake Hartwell, the top 10 are packed tight, and one kicker bite could go an awful long way at the final weigh-in. READ MORE »

Goade Ahead on Hartwell

Goade Ahead on Hartwell

Though Todd Goade calls the Volunteer State home, he’s got plenty of experience on Hartwell and it's showing in the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine All-American presented by TINCUP. Catching 11 pounds, 7 ounces yesterday, Goade improved his catch today with 13-2 to slid him to the top of the leaderboard with 24-9 overall. READ MORE »

Top 10 Patterns from Table Rock

Top 10 Patterns from Table Rock

Fall can be a tough time to fish most places in the country, and for the final Toyota Series Plains Division event of the season on Table Rock Lake, that certainly was the case. A cold front passed through the week prior, bringing cool rain that lowered water temperatures and raised the lake. Then, come tournament time, the forecast was more like spring than fall with plenty of sun and highs in the 70s. READ MORE »

Top 10 Baits from Table Rock

Top 10 Baits from Table Rock

Though the final Toyota Series Plains Division event of the season on Table Rock wasn’t the usual fall bite you may expect to see in the Ozarks, the top 10 pros stuck to their strengths and employed everything from ice fishing jigs to topwaters to catch their fish. READ MORE »

Lake Hartwell Top 5 Patterns – Day 1

Lake Hartwell Top 5 Patterns – Day 1

As projected, Hartwell isn’t giving up big limits for the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine All-American presented by TINCUP. Still, there are plenty of fish being caught, and if you want to chase offshore spotted bass around, it’s a pretty good place to be right now. READ MORE »

Lippe Leads on Hartwell

Lippe Leads on Hartwell

Day one of the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine All-American presented by TINCUP saw a bit of everything in terms of weather with rain, fog and some brief sun, and the fishing on Lake Hartwell was maybe just as confusing. Catching fish wasn’t an issue, but the quality that calls Hartwell home eluded the majority of the field. Hauling in 12 pounds even today, Dustin Lippe took the early lead after day one, but the weights are stacked tight, with under 1 1/2 pounds separating first and 10th. READ MORE »

Live Leaderboard - Lake Hartwell

Live Leaderboard - Lake Hartwell

FLW media staff and anglers provide unofficial weight estimates for the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine All-American presented by TINCUP READ MORE »

All-American Starts on Hartwell

All-American Starts on Hartwell

Day one of the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine All-American presented by TINCUP is going to be a wet one. Overnight, a wad of rain and storms moved into the region around Lake Hartwell, and it’s projected to stay wet all the way into Thursday morning, with almost 2-inches of rain in the forecast for today. That rain isn’t what some would like for the fishing, but it’s not going to dampen the competition for the title of All-American and the top prize of $100,000. READ MORE »

Huff All the Way on Table Rock

Huff All the Way on Table Rock

Cody Huff didn’t even plan on fishing the final Toyota Series Plains Division event on Table Rock, but being it’s only on 45 minutes from his house and he already filled a deer tag he figured why not. That decision turned out to be the right one as he’d take the lead on day one with 16 pounds, 15 ounces and never look back. READ MORE »

Caldwell Tops Co-anglers on Table Rock

Caldwell Tops Co-anglers on Table Rock

Living in nearby Springfield, Mo., Adam Caldwell is more than familiar with Table Rock Lake. With tough fishing for the Toyota Series Plains Division finale, local knowledge proved to be worth its weight in gold as Caldwell utilized his experience targeting suspended bass to catch 23 pounds, 8 ounces over three days to tow home a brand-new Phoenix 518 Pro boat. READ MORE »

Table Rock Midday Update – Day 3

Table Rock Midday Update – Day 3

The final round of competition for the Toyota Series Plains Division event on Table Rock Lake has been yet another beautiful early November day with highs in the 70s, a light wind and clear skies. READ MORE »

Poche Wins on Seminole

Poche Wins on Seminole

The final day of the Toyota Series Southern Division event on Lake Seminole was tough on the folks heading down the lake and fishing around the grass. It was not tough on Keith Poche, who turned his small aluminum boat up the Flint River each day of the event to target shoal bass and largemouths north of Bainbridge. READ MORE »

Huff Cruising on Table Rock

Huff Cruising on Table Rock

After two days on Table Rock Lake for the final Toyota Series Plains Division event of the season, Cody Huff is in command, backing up his Thursday weight of 16 pounds, 15 ounces with a solid 13-15 for a 30-14 total overall. READ MORE »

Table Rock Midday Update – Day 2

Table Rock Midday Update – Day 2

Day two of the Toyota Series Plains Division finale on Table Rock Lake has been essentially a carbon copy of day one, well, as far as weather goes. Bluebird skies, light wind and temperatures hovering in the mid 70s once again made for pleasant conditions on the water, though it hasn’t done anything to help the fishing. READ MORE »

Dillon McMillan Smashes 24 Pounds on Seminole

Dillon McMillan Smashes 24 Pounds on Seminole

Walloping 24 pounds, 4 ounces on day two, Dillon McMillan surged into the lead of the Toyota Series Southern Division event on Lake Seminole. With a 37-4 total, Dillon is ahead of Jared McMillan, his older brother, by a hair more than 4 pounds going into the final day. READ MORE »

Lake Seminole Midday Update – Day 2

Lake Seminole Midday Update – Day 2

A head-scratcher. That’s the best way to describe the day two morning at the Toyota Series Southern Division event on Lake Seminole. If you wonder why so many pros talk about how sensitive Lake Seminole is to fishing pressure, look at the second day of just about any event held there. For some reason, Seminole fish are just smart like that. They might bite well the first day, but they clam up the second day. READ MORE »

Huff Ahead on Table Rock

Huff Ahead on Table Rock

Jumping out to a lead over a tightly packed top 10, Cody Huff weighed 16 pounds, 15 ounces on day one of the Toyota Series Plains Division event on Table Rock Lake. Huff, who is a Bethel University student, has already won one Toyota Series event this year, and he’s now starting off another on exactly the right foot. Behind him, Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit superstar Spencer Shuffield is tied with Corey Cook for second place with 14-5 and Dale Andrews is in third with 14-1. READ MORE »

J-Mac Sticks 21+ on Seminole

J-Mac Sticks 21+ on Seminole

Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit pro Jared McMillan dropped 21 pounds, 10 ounces on the scale to kick off the Toyota Series Southern Division event on Lake Seminole. The only pro to cross the 20-pound barrier, McMillan is ahead of Jason Smith, who weighed 19-3, and MLF Bass Pro Tour pro Keith Poche and Mikey Keyso, who both brought in 17 pounds or better. READ MORE »