UPCOMING EVENT: TOYOTA SERIES - 2020 - Lake Erie

Stephen F. Austin defends title

Stephen F. Austin defends title
Robert 'Blaze' Platt and partner Kyle Turner bring the National Guard FLW College Fishing Southern Conference Championship back to Stephen F. Austin.

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. - Cold weather, wind, rain and clouds greeted the top five teams on the final day for the National Guard FLW College Fishing Southern Conference Championship on Lake Dardanelle. With tough conditions and only 1 pound, 11 ounces separating fifth from first, it was left the possibility for anyone to take the title.

The team from Stephen F. Austin of Robert With only two of the teams on the final day bringing five-bass limits to the stage, it was Stephen F. Austin who captured the title after starting the day only 3-ounces behind the leader. On day one Robert `Blaze' Platt and Kyle Turner brought 11 pounds, 3 ounces to the scales. They backed that up with the largest bag of the tournament on day two - 17-2. Today they hauled in 16-3, giving them a three-day total of 44-8 and a new Ranger Z117 and motor for their club.

"This is awesome," said Turner a junior in forest and wildlife management. "For SFA to come in here and repeat is awesome."

"I think we made the guys who won this title for SFA last year proud," said Blaze. "I really think we wouldn't be here without those guys, so thank you. It really is a great feeling to bring the title back."

Both Turner and Blaze had been catching most of their fish this week on a Heddon Super Spook Jr. and a 6th Sense squarebill in citrus shad color. But with the temperatures expected to drop even more for the final day, SFA knew they would have to make a change.

"We made a game plan sitting in the hotel room last night to prepare for a water change and a temperature change," Turner added. "We were going for a reaction bite. So we tied on a Rat-L-Trap, because that's what we'd be doing right now back home. It really worked out for us."

The bait that helped Stephen F. Austin to capture the title on the final day in tough conditions. The guys stuck to their main areas they had been fishing previously but decided to rip lipless crankbaits out of the grass to trigger a reaction strike. They noted that they still caught several fish on the Spook Jr. but their better bites came when ripping the cranks out of the grass.

"We never felt satisfied, especially with this group of guys here," said Blaze a junior in spatial science. "I figured the weights would be lower today and the fishing would be tougher. But when we realized our fish were still hungry, then we knew it could be the same for the other teams."

SFA focused on a few key banks with around 5 to 10 feet of water. Turner and Blaze threw most of their baits on 16-pound Sunline fluorocarbon. Rat-L-Traps and Strike King Red Eye Shads in gold colors were the ticket to help them land the big bites on the final day.

Both of the guys say that they are very excited to head to the national championship. They can't wait until the tournament location is announced, then, they say their blood will really be pumping.

University of Louisiana-Monroe climbs to second

The University of Louisiana-Monroe team that made it to the final round of Paul Clark and Brett Preuett, captured second place with a three-day total weight of 43 pounds, 10 ounces. Paul Clark and Brett Preuett of the University of Louisiana-Monroe started the week off with a day-one limit that weighed 11 pounds, 8 ounces to sit in fifth. Day two saw their weight improve as they took an impressive 15-15 to the stage, moving them up to fourth. To wrap up the final day, Clark and Preuett were the only other team to bring in a five-bass limit that hit the scales at 16-3. This gave them a three-day total weight of 43-10 and a check worth $5,000.

Their two primary baits this week were a Strike King Red Eye Shad and a War Eagle spinnerbait. Clark and Preuett fished these baits around several different grass stretches that were in deeper water.

Angelo State falls to third

Ethan George and Josh Seale of Angelo State came up short of a limit, weighing only four fish that weighed 13 pounds, 5 ounces, to capture the third place slot. Things didn't get off to a good start for the Angelo State team of Ethan George and Josh Seale this week. After battling with boat issues in practice that limited their water they could check out, they managed to locate one area that held quality fish.

Despite having a good area that yielded a 16-pound bag on day two, Angelo State came up short today. They weighed four fish for 13 pounds, 5 ounces on the final day bringing their total weight to 41-13.

"We did everything pretty much the same today," said George. "Josh caught a big one right away which made us feel good. Then with about 15 minutes left and only three keepers in the livewell, I broke off a big one. Once I retied, I caught about a 3-pounder on the next cast. Then it was time to head in, pretty disappointing."

They worked one main area that was very close to the takeoff area. They threw one bait the entire week - a Castaic swimbait. George finally lost their last Castaic bait today, which they then changed to a Reaction Innovations Skinny Dipper.

Though, they may not have won, Angelo State was just happy to make it to the final day.

"Pretty much the reason we came was to try and make it to the national championship," George added. "We couldn't be more happy with how we ended up, especially after the week we had."

For their efforts this week, Angelo State was awarded $3,000 to their club.

Lamar University drops to fourth

Lamar UniversityOpting to stay away from the grass this week was Danny Iles and Justin Royal of Lamar University. After leading the tournament on day one, their weights continued to drop as the week went on. Today, they brought in three bass for a weight of 9 pounds, 4 ounces to take home $3,000.

"Today was slow, but fishing was okay," said Iles. "We wanted to stay away from the grass this week and we thought we had found enough fish to last through this weather, but we just couldn't get enough bites."

Throughout the week Lamar rotated between several different soft plastics. The best bait they had was a Strike King ReCon Worm Texas-rigged with a 3/8-ounce bullet weight and a 4/0 hook. Iles also said that the team would throw a Carolina rig and a crankbait depending on how the boat was positioned on the spot.

Small points found in 12 to 15 feet of water were the main focus for Iles and Royal. They fished in backwater areas but concentrated on the deeper water with no grass.

LSU-Shreveport stuck in fifth

Weighing in 6 pounds, 8 ounces on the final day for three fish, Joseph Landry and Gavin Havard ended up in fifth for LSU-Shreveport with a three-day total weight of 33-5.It usually cannot be a good start to your day when you get hailed on as you drive down the lake in the morning. That is exactly what happened to Joseph Landry and Gavin Havard of LSU-Shreveport as they headed up the lake. Later on, they even had to sit in the river channel with their heads down as it hailed on them for around 10 minutes.

"All three of our keepers we caught in a small window," said Havard. "The sun came for a second and our fish turned on, after that though, they completely shut down."

"It was really a grind," added Landry. "We caught probably 20 or 25 keepers but just the three that weighed. The weather is definitely what killed us."

LSU-Shreveport spent their time around Goose Island. Strike King Red Eye Shads were their weapons over the first two days of competition. But today, they made a change and threw Senkos and spinnerbaits.

The guys wanted to thank all of the sponsors of FLW who helped make this tournament possible, along with the city of Russellville for hosting this event on a great lake.


With only three bass on the final day that weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces, Landry and Havard had a total limit of 33-5 to bring home a $3,000 check.

Tags: kyle-wood  headline-story  2012-10-04-southern-conference-championship 

A Dream Come True

A Dream Come True

On June 27, 16-year-old Noah Crogan’s big wish came to fruition at the Apple Island Marina on Lake Champlain when he became the owner of a brand-new Tracker aluminum bass boat. Thanks to Make-A-Wish Vermont, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and local anglers – including Phoenix Bass Fishing League and Toyota Series angler Cole Harris – Crogan was surprised at the marina with the boat, along with plenty of rods and tackle to get him on the water. READ MORE »

Pirowski Flips for Potomac Title

Pirowski Flips for Potomac Title

Boater Alex Pirowski of Occoquan, Virginia, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 17 pounds, 3 ounces to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event at the Potomac River in Marbury, Maryland. For his victory, Pirowski earned a total of $5,337. READ MORE »

Richmond Wins on Ouachita

Richmond Wins on Ouachita

Boater Russell Richmond of Sheridan, Arkansas, brought three bass to the scale Saturday totaling 11 pounds, 5 ounces to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event at Lake Ouachita in Mount Ida, Arkansas. Richmond topped his nearest competitor, Stephen Browning of Hot Springs, Arkansas, by 1-pound, 1-ounce and earned $4,394 for his victory. READ MORE »

McClain, Drake Take Hoosier Double-Header

McClain, Drake Take Hoosier Double-Header

It was a double-header for bass anglers this past weekend in Bloomington with the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on Lake Monroe events presented by Fish-Intel. FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, rescheduled the events after the coronavirus pandemic forced the organization to pause competition in mid-March. READ MORE »

Okie Double-Header on Arkansas River

Okie Double-Header on Arkansas River

It was a double-header for bass anglers this past weekend in Muskogee with the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on the Arkansas River events. FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, rescheduled the events after the coronavirus pandemic forced the organization to pause competition in mid-March. READ MORE »

Losee, Tweite Close out High School Championship

Losee, Tweite Close out High School Championship

The Riceville (Iowa) High School team of Lawson Losee and Kooper Tweite won the 2020 Student Angler Federation High School Fishing National Championship on the Mississippi River out of La Crosse, Wis., with a three-day (three bass per day) total weight of 30 pounds, 4 ounces. Losee and Tweite topped 194 of the top high school teams in the country. READ MORE »

It’s All Wheeler on Chickamauga

It’s All Wheeler on Chickamauga

You’re not going to find a bass angler on a hotter streak right now than Tennessee’s Jacob Wheeler. Prior to this week, the 29-year-old pro had won five multiple-day tournaments since the start of the 2019 season. Today, the No. 1 ranked angler in the world added a sixth victory to his impressive run by dominating the first-ever Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament on Lake Chickamauga. Wheeler’s four-day total of 93 pounds, 12 ounces earned him the win by a margin of more than 11 pounds. READ MORE »

Lake Chickamauga Day 4 Coverage

Lake Chickamauga Day 4 Coverage

Complete coverage from the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament at Lake Chickamauga June 23-26, 2020. READ MORE »

Losee, Tweite Take Over High School Lead

Losee, Tweite Take Over High School Lead

Lawson Losee and Kooper Tweite of Riceville High School in Riceville, Iowa, have the lead going into the final day of the Student Angler Federation High School Fishing National Championship on the Mississippi River near La Crosse, Wis. Their two-day total of 19 pounds, 2 ounces (three-fish limit per day) has Losee and Tweite 1 pound, 1 ounce ahead of the second-place team. The top 10 teams compete tomorrow for the title.  READ MORE »

Wheeler Crushes 25-12 to Retake Lead

Wheeler Crushes 25-12 to Retake Lead

Day three of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament was another banner day on Chickamauga, but it was a really stupendous day for Jacob Wheeler. Weighing 25-12 with a 10-pounder for a 72-6 total, Wheeler cruised back into the lead with no problem. Heading into the final day, Wheeler has a 4-13 edge over Jason Reyes, who weighed 17-11 and dropped to second with a 62-3 total. READ MORE »

Lake Chickamauga Day 3 Coverage

Lake Chickamauga Day 3 Coverage

Complete coverage from the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament at Lake Chickamauga June 23-26, 2020. READ MORE »

Mains, Chapman Lead High School Championship

Mains, Chapman Lead High School Championship

Legacy Christian Academy (Lenexa, Kan.) anglers Ryder Mains and Mason Chapman have the early lead at the Student Angler Federation High School Fishing National Championship on the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wis. With a three-fish limit worth 11 pounds, 11 ounces, Mains and Chapman lead the second-place team by 1 pound, 9 ounces.  READ MORE »

Reyes Surges Ahead

Reyes Surges Ahead

The big fish bit on day two of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament on Lake Chickamauga. While the first day featured plenty of good fishing, both Jason Reyes and Cole Floyd caught bags that crossed the 25-pound mark on day two. Weighing 27 pounds, 4 ounces, Reyes surged into the lead with a 49-14 total. READ MORE »

High School Championship Under Way at La Crosse

High School Championship Under Way at La Crosse

La Crosse, Wis., has been inundated with bass boats this past week as young anglers pre-fished and boat drivers got them into casting position on the mighty Mississippi for the FLW High School Fishing presented by Favorite National Championship. This three-day lure-slinging event, June 24-26, 2020, is likely to showcase this area’s amazing bass fishery, as well the diversity of techniques that can be used to catch them in early summer.  READ MORE »

Lake Chickamauga Day 2 Coverage

Lake Chickamauga Day 2 Coverage

Complete coverage from the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament at Lake Chickamauga June 23-26, 2020. READ MORE »

Wheeler leads with 24-9 on Chick

Wheeler leads with 24-9 on Chick

Day one of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament on Lake Chickamauga featured good fishing with a lot of pressure put on the offshore fish. Making the most of his local knowledge, Jacob Wheeler weighed 24 pounds, 9 ounces to take the lead on day one. Behind him, John Cox weighed in 23-6 for second place. READ MORE »

Lake Chickamauga Day 1 Coverage

Lake Chickamauga Day 1 Coverage

Complete coverage from the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament at Lake Chickamauga June 23-26, 2020. READ MORE »

FLW Live Leaderboard - Lake Chickamauga

FLW Live Leaderboard - Lake Chickamauga

FLW marshals and media staff provide unofficial weight estimates for the fourth stop of the 2020 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at Lake Martin. READ MORE »

Checking Shallow and Deep with Hays

Checking Shallow and Deep with Hays

Dylan Hays has been fairly consistent throughout his four years as a pro on the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit, and he’s currently on pace to have his best season to date. He made the last two top-30 cuts and finished 31st at Rayburn to start the year, and because of his consistency, the Arkansas pro currently finds himself fifth in the Angler of the Year race. READ MORE »

Dixon, Houchin Win on Dardanelle

Dixon, Houchin Win on Dardanelle

Boater Wayne Dixon of Morrilton, Arkansas, brought three bass to the scale totaling 10 pounds, 11 ounces to win Saturday’s event and earn $5,127, but Mabelvale’s Quincy Houchin was the big winner on the weekend. Houchin finished second Saturday – good for $3,139 – then backed it up with a win on Sunday, which earned him the top prize of $12,309, including the lucrative $7,000 FLW PHOENIX Bonus contingency award. READ MORE »