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Liberty Leads College Championship

Liberty Leads College Championship

COLUMBIA, S.C. – A 22-pound, 2-ounce stringer anchored by a 7-pound, 9-ounce largemouth boosted Liberty University’s Travis Rulle and Caleb Eppler into the opening-round lead of the FLW College Fishing National Championship presented by Lowrance Insight Genesis College Cup here on Lake Murray.

Rulle and Eppler were the last anglers to weigh in on day one, and their five-fish limit gave them a lead of more than 3 pounds ahead of Eastern Kentucky University veterans Kyler Raymer and Ethan Snyder, who had 18-15. The surprise team of the tournament so far is Colorado Mesa University’s Josh Worth and Kennedy Kinkade, who brought in 18-10 despite never having fished east of the Mississippi River before. Worth and Kinkade are in third place, followed by Cade Laufenberg and Wyatt Stout of Winona State University, and Ben Curry and Tim Ward of Auburn University, both teams with 17-8.

“I caught the 7-9 fairly early in the day, but we caught fish off and on all day and culled six or seven fish,” says Rulle. “We have a couple of shallow-water patterns going, but the bigger fish came from deeper water adjacent to the shallower water we’re keying on. I say shallow – it’s about 10 feet deep on average.”

Had Rulle not caught the biggest bass of the tournament so far, it would have cost them about 4 pounds and still kept them near the top, notes Eppler.

“We were a bit surprised they bit as well as they did,” adds Eppler, an exercise science major. “We thought the weather would set them back a bit, but even so we have backup plans for every condition we thought we might encounter. We feel pretty good about our chances of fishing Saturday [in the championship round of 10].”

The Liberty pair is fishing the main lake and creeks, but wouldn’t elaborate on the pattern or lures.

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2. Eastern Kentucky – Kyle Raymer and Ethan Snyder – 18 pounds, 15 ounces

This is the third championship tournament for Kyle Raymer, who fished on the 10th-place team last year at Lake Keowee. He and Ethan Snyder were fishing “a non-blueback pattern” in the main lake, meaning probably they were sight-fishing for bedding bass. Despite some conjecture that the bass spawn was over on Lake Murray, several anglers reported seeing or catching bedding fish in the back-ends of coves and around some docks.

 

3. Colorado Mesa University – Josh Worth and Kennedy Kinkade – 18 pounds, 10 ounces

When asked if anything about the East reminded him of fishing back home, Josh Worth said, “Yes, the Smoky Mountains.” Even so, the Colorado team made itself at home on Lake Murray. Worth and Kennedy Kinkade culled three times and caught most of their fish between 7:30 and 11 a.m. Kinkade reports that they were fishing areas where blueback herring generated explosive blowups of bass during the morning. They plan to stick to their basic game plan Friday.

 

4. Winona State University – Cade Laufenberg and Wyatt Stout – 17 pounds, 8 ounces

Cade Laufenberg and Wyatt Stout are perhaps the only anglers in the tournament to catch fish on frogs. According to Stout, a biology major, Laufenberg tried a SPRO frog along a shallow bank on the last day of practice and promptly hooked a 4-pounder. Though the team caught most of its fish on the jerkbaits and swimbaits typically used to take advantage of the blueback spawn, Laufenberg and Stout boated three keepers on frogs in the opening round. They culled four times, and made their most important cull of the day with about 15 minutes to go before they had to leave their spot.

 

5. Auburn University – Ben Curry and Tim Ward – 17 pounds, 8 ounces

Ben Curry and Tim Ward compose one of two Tiger teams in the championship. The pair caught its fish on topwater lures as well as hard and soft jerkbaits. Ward says they caught most of their fish early in the day and culled twice.

“It was hard to get a bite after lunch,” he says, “and we might have to work a little harder Friday to get a good limit. We’re just running from point to point and fishing what we think will draw bites if the fish are there.”

 

The Rest of the Best

Patrick Walters and Robert Brannon of the University of South Carolina are in sixth place with 17-6 while the University of Louisiana-Monroe's Blake Alford and Tyler Stewart hold down seventh place with 17-4, followed by Lamar University’s team of Colby Ogden and Quinton Evans, 17-2, Tennessee Tech's Matt Allen and Zach Youngblood, 16-11, and Lamar University’s Justin Royal and Cameron Lafleur, 16-8. The third Lamar team, Brandon Simoneaux and Josh Bowie, is in 11th place with 16-7.

Of the latter group, the Gamecocks are the most likely to make a move up in the standings. Walters and Brannon culled several times and are fishing areas where blueback herring are likely to congregate for spawning, and draw bass to them.

“We’re not running all the places we know about, but we might start moving around a little more as the changing weather dictates,” says Brannon. “The fish we culled were cookie cutters – we were just culling ounces. We need to get on some bigger fish, but we’ve got some ideas about where to find them.”

 

Top 10 Teams

1: Travis Rulle & Caleb Eppler – Liberty University – 22-02 (5)                 

2: Kyle Raymer & Ethan Snyder – Eastern Kentucky University – 18-15 (5)                    

3: Kennedy Kinkade & Josh Worth – Colorado Mesa University – 18-10 (5)                    

4: Wyatt Stout & Cade Laufenberg – Winona State University – 17-08 (5)             

5: Ben Curry & Timmy Ward – Auburn University – 17-08 (5)                  

6: Patrick Walters & Robert Brannon – University of South Carolina – 17-06 (5)              

7: Blake Alford & Tyler Stewart – University of Louisiana-Monroe – 17-04 (5)                

8: Quinton Evans & Colby Ogden – Lamar University – 17-02 (5)             

9: Matt Allen & Zach Youngblood – Tennessee Tech – 16-11 (5)               

10: Cameron Lafleur & Justin Royal – Lamar University – 16-08 (5)

 

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