UPCOMING EVENT: T-H Marine BFL - 2020 - Sam Rayburn Reservoir

FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE

FLW College Fishing Invitational set for Detroit River

FLW College Fishing Invitational set for Detroit River
Roughly two thirds of the 136-boat field pointed north towards Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair River Thursday morning.

TRENTON, Mich. - FLW College Fishing is headed to the Detroit River July 27-28 for the Central Conference Invitational Tournament. Forty-five teams have qualified for this tournament and will be competing for a top award of $4,000 and a berth in the 2014 FLW College Fishing National Championship.

"They're going to catch big stringers whether they're fishing on Lake St. Clair or Erie," said Chevy pro Larry Nixon of Bee Branch, Ark., who won when the FLW Tour visited the Detroit River in 2012. "You can fish the (Detroit) river and catch fish, but I doubt that you can compete for the win. You really can't catch 13 or 14 pounds a day consistently there. And on the weekends it can be a nightmare with all of the boat traffic."

Nixon said that the teams fishing Lake Erie would be targeting the deep, isolated reefs and ridges while those choosing to fish Lake St. Clair would be searching for the massive schools of smallmouth.

"On St. Clair, it's a lot of time spent trolling and letting the wind blow you around," Nixon said. "It can feel like you're just floating around in La La Land. Once you can locate the school and get on them you try to find what I call the mother lode. There may be a square mile of fish, but somewhere in that square mile is an area where they all are, and there will be a load of them. They're pretty consistent, and when you find an area, it can hold up for two or three days pretty easily."

Nixon said that college teams should concentrate their efforts on three main baits - a drop-shot rig, tubes and deep-diving crankbaits.

"It's typical smallmouth fishing," Nixon said. "The baitfish is really the key there. If you can find an area where you see little minnows flipping the water or schools of bait swimming around, you can catch a lot of smallmouth in there. When all else fails, I might pick up a 5-ounce Yamamoto Swimbait. Those are pretty much the only four baits that I keep rigged up there.

"The winners are going to have in the neighborhood of 18 to 21 pounds a day," Nixon went on to say. "It's usually a 20-pound-a-day average to have a shot at winning any tournament up there. It's going to be real competitive because I know how bad those college kids want to qualify for the championship."

Anglers will take off from the Elizabeth Park Marina located at 202 Grosse Ile Parkway in Trenton, Mich., at 6:30 a.m. each day. Friday's weigh-in will be held at the marina beginning at 2 p.m., while Saturday's weigh-in will be held at the Walmart located at 23800 Allen Road in Woodhaven, Mich., beginning at 2:30 p.m. Takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public.

Schools competing in the Detroit River Invitational tournament, which is hosted by City of Trenton Parks and Recreation Department, include:

Eastern Illinois University - Dan Martin, Elmhurst, Ill., and Tyler McCune, St. Josephs, Ill.
Eastern Kentucky University - Ethan Snyder, Flaherty, Ky., and Billy French, Hamilton, Ohio
Eastern Kentucky University - John Smith, Harlan, Ky., and Kyle Raymer, Brandenburg, Ky.
Eastern Kentucky University - Matt Salmons, Somerset, Ky., and Travis Spivey, Trenton, Ohio
Georgetown College - John Hunter, Shelbyville, Ky., and Vincent Timperio, Corbin, Ky.
Georgetown College - Nick Huff and Mike Huff, both of Corbin, Ky.
Georgetown College - Clay Elliott, Pikeville, Ky., and Shawn Combs, Cynthiana, Ky.
Indiana State University - Nicholas Gallina, Griffith, Ind., and Robert Nero, Carlisle, Ind.
Indiana State University - Steve Judson, Terre Haute, Ind., and Zac Niehaus, Brazil, Ind.
Indiana University - Sean Gillenwater, Bloomington, Ind., and Josh Collier, Ellettsville, Ind.
Kansas State University - Kyle Alsop and Garrett Cates, both of Overland Park, Kan.
Kansas State University - Lance Maldonado and Nathan Kozlowski, both of Junction City, Kan.
Milwaukee School of Engineering - James Simonson, Fargo, N.D., and Brandon Lehrer, Appleton, Wis.
Milwaukee School of Engineering - Justin Stiker, Waterman, Ill., and Scott Watry, Fredonia, Wis.
Missouri State University - Joe McBride, Springfield, Mo., and Brennan Halbersma, Ozark, Mo.
Missouri University of Science and Technology - William Kleine, St. Charles, Mo., and Drew Schrader, Rolla, Mo.
Murray State University - Cody Sieben, Belle Plaine, Minn., and Dan Schult, Millstadt, Ill.
Murray State University - Justin Graben and Justin Berger, both of Murray, Ky.
Murray State University - Cody Santel, Petersburg, Ill., and Vincent Campisano, Louisville, Ky.
Northern Illinois University - Derek Malanowski, Woodridge, Ill., and Chris Kosior, Palos Hills, Ill.
Northern Kentucky University - Brandon Houston, Burlington, Ky., and Darian Ginter, Maplewood, Ohio
Purdue University - Garrett VanKirk, Ferdinand, Ill., and Ryan Spicer, Arcola, Ind.
Southern Illinois University - Aaron Conner, Murphysboro, Ill., and Brenton Ward, Carbondale, Ill.
Southern Illinois University - Ryan Dunn, Harrisburg, Ill., and Stephen Crawley, De Soto, Ill.
Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville - Joseph Tischer and Jacob Hicks, both of Morris, Ill.
Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville - Brad LeMasters, Springfield, Ill., and Zach Hartnagel, Edwardsville, Ill.
Saint Ambrose University - Kyle Gates, Decatur, Ill., and Daniel Butler, Houston, Texas
University of Dubuque - Marcus Prull, Monticello, Iowa, and Jarett Svihlik, Erie, Ill.
University of Evansville - Nick Uebelhor and Erick Kieffner, both of Jasper, Ind.
University of Indianapolis - Chris Barcelona, Chicago, Ill., and Jerrett Ban, Roachdale, Ind.
University of Iowa - John Mercer, Burlington, Iowa, and Keaton Williams, Fort Dodge, Iowa
University of Iowa - Tony Mehrl, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Brandon Madison, Bronson, Iowa
University of Kentucky - Ryan Collins, Lebanon, Ohio, and Andrew Day, Versailles, Ky.
University of Louisville - Jeffry Endly and Scott Davis, both of Louisville, Ky.
University of Minnesota - Austin Felix, Eden Prairie, Minn., and Chris Burgan, Rhinelander, Wis.
University of Missouri - Nick Russell, Ballwin, Mo., and Ben McCullough, Columbia, Mo.
University of Nebraska-Omaha - Ben Milliken, Bennington, Neb., and Ben Kroeger, Omaha, Neb.
University of Nebraska-Omaha - Joseph Pfeifer II and Brad Koll, both of Columbus, Neb.
University of Wisconsin - Levi Warner, Shiocton, Wis., and Kevin Yeska, Wild Rose, Wis.
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point - Cody Hahner, Wausau, Wis., and Steve Maliborski, Milwaukee, Wis.
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point - Cody Lincoln, Okauchee, Wis., and Jason Hawksford, Hudson, Wis.
Western Kentucky University - Jacob Hopkins, Lewisburg, Ky., and Stephen Compton, Brandenburg, Ky.
Western Kentucky University - Justin Hopkins, Lewisburg, Ky., and Ryan Coleman, Utica, Ky.
Winona State University - Cade Laufenberg, La Crosse, Wis., and Kody Mattson, Blair, Wis.

Three regular-season qualifying events are held in each conference - Central, Northern, Southeastern, Texas and Western. The top 15 teams from each qualifying tournament will advance to one of five two-day FLW College Fishing Conference Invitational tournaments, where the first-place team wins $4,000 for their club. The top 10 teams from each Conference Invitational advance to the 2014 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 2013 over the course of 220 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. FLW is committed to providing a lifestyle experience that is the "Best in Fishing, On and Off the Water." For more information about FLW visit FLWOutdoors.com and look for FLW on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube.

South Carolina’s Miller Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Wild Card Tournament on Kentucky/Barkley Lakes

South Carolina’s Miller Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Wild Card Tournament on Kentucky/Barkley Lakes

GILBERTSVILLE, Ky. – Boater Michael Miller of Greenville, South Carolina, caught a two-day cumulative total of 10 bass weighing 31 pounds even to win the no-entry fee T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Wild Card tournament on Kentucky and Barkley lakes. For his efforts, Miller earned one of the final berths into the 2020 BFL All-American Championship... READ MORE »

Major League Fishing Closes Acquisition of Fishing League Worldwide

Major League Fishing Closes Acquisition of Fishing League Worldwide

TULSA, Okla. - Major League Fishing (MLF) announced today that the acquisition of Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) has closed. This agreement brings together the league behind the no-entry-fee Bass Pro Tour and the largest grassroots organization... READ MORE »

Adrian College Wins YETI FLW College Fishing National School of the Year Title

Adrian College Wins YETI FLW College Fishing National School of the Year Title

TULSA, Okla. – The bass-fishing club at Adrian College is the best in the country, capping off the 2019 YETI FLW College Fishing season in 1st place overall with 2,350 points, and earning the team the title of 2019 YETI FLW College Fishing National School of the Year... READ MORE »

Marietta High School Wins Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Lake Hartwell Open

Marietta High School Wins Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Lake Hartwell Open

HARTWELL, Ga. – The Marietta High School duo of Carter Koza of Maretta, Georgia, and Paul Marks, of Cumming, Georgia, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 13 pounds, 10 ounces to win the 2019 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Lake Hartwell Open... READ MORE »

Coastal Carolina University Wins YETI FLW College Fishing Tournament on Lake Hartwell presented by Costa

Coastal Carolina University Wins YETI FLW College Fishing Tournament on Lake Hartwell presented by Costa

HARTWELL, Ga. – The Coastal Carolina University duo of Max McQuaide of Tyngsborough, Massachusetts, and Grant Tattersall, of Sterling, Virginia, won the YETI FLW College Fishing tournament at Lake Hartwell presented by Costa with a five-bass limit weighing 13 pounds, 11 ounces. The victory earned the Chanticleers’ bass club $2,000 and a slot in the 2020 FLW College... READ MORE »

Oklahoma's Upshaw Wins Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Cumberland

Oklahoma's Upshaw Wins Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Cumberland

BURNSIDE, Ky. – Strike King pro Andrew Upshaw of Tulsa, Oklahoma, brought a five-bass limit to the stage weighing 12 pounds, 15 ounces, Saturday to claim the title of 2019 FLW Series Champion at the Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Cumberland. Upshaw, with a three-day total of 15 bass for 42 pounds, 15 ounces, won by a 1-pound, 10-ounce margin over second... READ MORE »

Upshaw Leads at Day Two of Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Cumberland

Upshaw Leads at Day Two of Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Cumberland

BURNSIDE, Ky. – Strike King pro Andrew Upshaw of Tulsa, Oklahoma, crossed the stage Friday with a five-bass limit weighing 15 pounds, 1 ounce, for a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 30 pounds even, to lead after Day Two of the Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Cumberland. Upshaw now holds a 1-pound, 13-ounce lead over pro Rob Burns of Plano, Texas, who weighed... READ MORE »

Upshaw Leads at Day Two of Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Cumberland

Upshaw Leads at Day Two of Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Cumberland

BURNSIDE, Ky. – Strike King pro Andrew Upshaw of Tulsa, Oklahoma, crossed the stage Friday with a five-bass limit weighing 15 pounds, 1 ounce, for a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 30 pounds even, to lead after Day Two of the Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Cumberland. Upshaw now holds a 1-pound, 13-ounce lead over pro Rob Burns of Plano, Texas, who weighed... READ MORE »

Zimbabwe Angler Cousens Leads Day One of Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Cumberland

Zimbabwe Angler Cousens Leads Day One of Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Cumberland

BURNSIDE, Ky. – A tournament field of 193 boats – each featuring a pro and a co-angler – began their three-day competition for a top cash award of $100,000 at the Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Cumberland, in Burnside, Kentucky, Thursday. The no-entry fee bass-fishing championship, hosted by the Somerset Tourist & Convention Commission and the Burnside... READ MORE »

Missouri's Roger Fitzpatrick Wins T-H Marine BFL Regional Championship on Grand Lake

Missouri's Roger Fitzpatrick Wins T-H Marine BFL Regional Championship on Grand Lake

GROVE, Okla. – Boater Roger Fitzpatrick of Eldon, Missouri, brought a three-day total of 15 bass to the scale weighing 50 pounds, 15 ounces, to win the no-entry fee T-H Marine FLW BFL Regional Championship on Grand Lake Saturday. For the win, Fitzpatrick earned $70,200, including a new Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower Mercury or Evinrude outboard and automatic entry... READ MORE »

Major League Fishing and FLW Announce Expanded 2020 FLW Series and T-H Marine BFL Details, Schedules, Entry Dates, and Advancement Opportunities

Major League Fishing and FLW Announce Expanded 2020 FLW Series and T-H Marine BFL Details, Schedules, Entry Dates, and Advancement Opportunities

TULSA, Okla. – Major League Fishing (MLF) and Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) announced today the expanded 2020 FLW Series and T-H Marine Bass Fishing League (BFL) details, schedules, rules, entry fees and payouts, highlighted by lower entry fees in both circuits and an expanded FLW Series schedule, along with upping the championship payout to $200,000 for first... READ MORE »

FLW Closes Out Season at Lake Hartwell with Weekend of FLW Youth Bass-Fishing Tournaments

FLW Closes Out Season at Lake Hartwell with Weekend of FLW Youth Bass-Fishing Tournaments

HARTWELL, Ga. –Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) is set to return to Hartwell next weekend to close out their 2019 tournament season with two events for young anglers, Nov. 1-2, with the YETI FLW College Fishing tournament at Lake Hartwell presented by Costa and the Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Lake Hartwell Open... READ MORE »

Drury University Wins YETI FLW College Fishing Tournament on Lake of the Ozarks presented by Bass Pro Shops

Drury University Wins YETI FLW College Fishing Tournament on Lake of the Ozarks presented by Bass Pro Shops

OSAGE BEACH, Mo. – The Drury University duo of Cole Breeden of Eldridge, Missouri and Cameron Smith, of Nixa, Missouri, won the YETI FLW College Fishing event on Lake of the Ozarks presented by Bass Pro Shops with a five-bass limit weighing 18 pounds, 9 ounces. The victory earned the Panthers’ bass club $2,650 and a slot in the 2020 FLW College Fishing National... READ MORE »

MLF shares details of FLW Pro Circuit 2020

MLF shares details of FLW Pro Circuit 2020

TULSA, Okla. (Oct. 21, 2019) Major League Fishing (MLF) hosted a conference call for the field of 150 FLW Tour anglers to share details and specifics about the evolution of the FLW Pro Circuit in 2020 as it relates to the acquisition of FLW by MLF.. READ MORE »

Iowa's Myers Wins T-H Marine BFL Regional Championship on Kentucky/Barkley Lakes presented by Evinrude

Iowa's Myers Wins T-H Marine BFL Regional Championship on Kentucky/Barkley Lakes presented by Evinrude

BUCHANAN, Tenn. – Boater Mark Myers of Cedar Falls, Iowa, brought a three-day total of 12 bass to the scale weighing 31 pounds even to win the no-entry fee T-H Marine FLW BFL Regional Championship on Kentucky/Barkley Lakes presented by Evinrude Saturday. For the win, Myers earned $70,000, including a new Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower Mercury or Evinrude... READ MORE »

Camdenton High School Wins Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Lake of the Ozarks Open presented by Costa

Camdenton High School Wins Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Lake of the Ozarks Open presented by Costa

OSAGE BEACH, Mo. (Oct. 22, 2019) – The Camdenton High School duo of Reece Waters of Camdenton and Caden Kowal, of Linn Creek, Missouri, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 11 pounds, 7 ounces to win the 2019 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Lake of the Ozarks Open presented by Costa... READ MORE »

South Carolina’s Bradford Beavers Wins T-H Marine BFL Regional Championship on Potomac River

South Carolina’s Bradford Beavers Wins T-H Marine BFL Regional Championship on Potomac River

MARBURY, Md. – Summerville, South Carolina’s Bradford Beavers, brought a two-day total of 10 bass to the scale weighing 28 pounds, 8 ounces, to win the weather-shortened, no-entry fee T-H Marine FLW BFL Regional Championship on the Potomac River Saturday. The event was originally scheduled for three days, but tournament officials canceled competition on day one... READ MORE »

Ohio's Cole Floyd Wins T-H Marine BFL Regional Championship on Lake Guntersville presented by Mercury Marine

Ohio's Cole Floyd Wins T-H Marine BFL Regional Championship on Lake Guntersville presented by Mercury Marine

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – Boater Cole Floyd of Leesburg, Ohio, – an FLW College Fishing standout from Bethel University – brought a three-day total of 15 bass to the scale weighing 44 pounds, 15 ounces, to win the no-entry fee T-H Marine FLW BFL Regional Championship on Lake Guntersville presented by Mercury Marine Saturday. For the win, Floyd earned $71,200, including... READ MORE »

More Than 400 Anglers to Visit Somerset and Burnside for Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Cumberland

More Than 400 Anglers to Visit Somerset and Burnside for Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Cumberland

BURNSIDE, Ky. (Oct. 17, 2019) – The Costa FLW Series will close out the 2019 season next week, Oct. 31-Nov. 2, in Burnside, Kentucky, at the Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Cumberland. The no-entry fee bass-fishing championship, hosted by the Somerset Tourist & Convention Commission and the Burnside Tourism Commission, will feature more than 400 of the best regional... READ MORE »

North Carolina’s Bryan New Wins T-H Marine BFL Regional Championship on Lake Seminole

North Carolina’s Bryan New Wins T-H Marine BFL Regional Championship on Lake Seminole

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. – Boater Bryan New of Belmont, North Carolina, brought a three-day total of 15 bass to the scale weighing 63 pounds, 4 ounces, to win the no-entry fee T-H Marine FLW BFL Regional Championship on Lake Seminole Saturday. For the win, New earned $71,200, including a new Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower Mercury or Evinrude outboard and automatic... READ MORE »