UPCOMING EVENT: Costa FLW Series - 2019 - Potomac River

FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE

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.

>>>College Fishing National Championship Photo Gallery


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)

 

Click here for full results.

Tags: college-fishing  lake-murray  colin-moore  headline-story  2015-04-16-national-championship-lake-murray 

High Tide Takes Langford to Top

High Tide Takes Langford to Top

Todd Langford of Great Falls, Virginia, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Shenandoah Division tournament on the Potomac River Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 15 pounds, 2 ounces. Langford took home $2,600 for his efforts. READ MORE »

Mills Works Wood at Ohio River

Mills Works Wood at Ohio River

Craig Mills of Hamilton, Ohio, took top honors at Saturday’s T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Buckeye Division tournament on the Ohio River at Tanners Creek after catching five bass weighing 10 pounds, 4 ounces. Mills took home $5,466 for his win. READ MORE »

Pollak Plays Current for Big Muddy W

Pollak Plays Current for Big Muddy W

Joe Pollak of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Great Lakes Division tournament on the Mississippi River at Prairie du Chien Saturday after catching five bass weighing 15 pounds, 1 ounce. For his win, Pollack netted $4,586. READ MORE »

Thrift Finally Wins the Cup

Thrift Finally Wins the Cup

Everyone knew it was only a matter of time, and that time is finally now. Bryan Thrift is an FLW Cup champion. READ MORE »

Lake Hamilton Day 3 Coverage

Lake Hamilton Day 3 Coverage

Bryan Thrift has the lead with one day left to fish in the 2019 FLW Cup at Lake Hamilton. But to make it happen, he needs to hold off Kyle Walters, who's had a magical week so far, along with Scott Martin and a crew of other hammers. READ MORE »

What Happened to LeBrun?

What Happened to LeBrun?

Nick LeBrun cracked 15 pounds on day one of the FLW Cup by throwing a Whopper Plopper around docks and seawalls. Then he caught only two bass on day two. The Louisiana pro says he refused to change his approach on day two because he wanted to fish for the win. Though he failed, he says he wouldn't change a thing. READ MORE »

Thrift on the Brink of First Cup

Thrift on the Brink of First Cup

For the second day in a row, Shelby, N.C., pro Bryan Thrift will go to bed with the lead in the 2019 FLW Cup at Lake Hamilton. Today, Thrift weighed in 12 pounds, 7 ounces for a two-day total of 27-10. He leads Florida pro Kyle Walters by 1 1/2 pounds. READ MORE »

Lake Hamilton Day 2 Coverage

Lake Hamilton Day 2 Coverage

Bryan Thrift and Nick LeBrun lead the charge at the 2019 FLW Cup at Lake Hamilton. Today, they work toward making the cut and getting to the final day of competition for a chance at $300,000. READ MORE »

FLW Live Leaderboard - Lake Hamilton

FLW Live Leaderboard - Lake Hamilton

FLW Marshals and media staff provide unofficial weight estimates for the 2019 FLW Cup at Lake Hamilton. READ MORE »

Lake Hamilton Day 1 Coverage

Lake Hamilton Day 1 Coverage

The 2019 FLW Cup features 52 of the best bass anglers in the world competing for $300,000 at Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, Ark. READ MORE »

Greene Again on St. Clair

Greene Again on St. Clair

Kyle Greene of Ortonville, Michigan, took top honors at Saturday’s T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Michigan Division tournament on Lake St. Clair after catching five bass weighing 23 pounds, 7 ounces. Greene took home $5,753 for his win. READ MORE »

Buck Drop-shots for Oneida Win

Buck Drop-shots for Oneida Win

FLW Tour pro Grae Buck of Harleysville, Pennsylvania, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Northeast Division tournament on Oneida Lake Saturday after catching five bass weighing 16 pounds, 13 ounces. For his win, Buck earned $5,471 and 250 points in the Northeast Division presented by Gajo Baits standings. The winner of the division’s Angler of the Year title after five tournaments will win $3,000. READ MORE »

Gallagher Nets Win on Indian

Gallagher Nets Win on Indian

Darrell Gallagher of Maplewood, Ohio, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Buckeye Division tournament on Indian Lake Saturday after catching five bass weighing 10 pounds, 14 ounces. Gallagher earned $3,553 his win. READ MORE »

Crowder Camps for Potomac W

Crowder Camps for Potomac W

Kermit Crowder of Matoaca, Virginia, won Saturday’s T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Shenandoah Division tournament on the Potomac River presented by Navionics after catching five bass weighing 13 pounds, 12 ounces. For his day on the water, Crowder earned $4,454. READ MORE »

Keller Earns Second Title

Keller Earns Second Title

Mike Keller of Metropolis, Illinois, took top honors at the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Illini Division tournament on the Ohio River at Golconda Saturday after catching five bass weighing 16 pounds, 14 ounces. For his efforts, Keller pocketed $3,083. READ MORE »

The Boltons Win FLW Charity Derby

The Boltons Win FLW Charity Derby

In a couple weeks, Terry Bolton will be competing in the 2019 FLW Cup at Lake Hamilton with $300,000 on the line. This weekend, however, Terry and his wife, Dacy, are celebrating getting the win in the 2019 FLW Foundation Benefit Tournament on Kentucky Lake. READ MORE »

LeClere, Johnson Tie at Ohio River

LeClere, Johnson Tie at Ohio River

Chris LeClere of Cannelton, Indiana, and Daniel Johnson of Lebanon, Tennessee, both brought a weigh-in bag to the scale Saturday totaling 9 pounds, 9 ounces, to tie for the win at the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Hoosier Division event on the Ohio River. With his Ranger Cup contingency LeClere was the big winner, taking home $4,061, while Johnson earned $3,511 for his efforts. READ MORE »

Mastodons Win at Wabasha

Mastodons Win at Wabasha

The Purdue University Fort Wayne duo of Connor Landis of Edgerton, Ohio, and Blake Spurgeon of Fort Wayne, Indiana, won the YETI FLW College Fishing event on the Mississippi River presented by Evinrude Friday with a five-bass limit weighing 17 pounds, 9 ounces. The victory earned the Mastodon’s bass club $2,000 and a slot in the 2020 FLW College Fishing National Championship. READ MORE »

Hahne Flips, Frogs on Mighty Miss

Hahne Flips, Frogs on Mighty Miss

Darren Hahne of Ottawa, Illinois, brought in a three-bass limit weighing 11 pounds, 7 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Great Lakes Division tournament on the Mississippi River Saturday. Hahne earned $6,466 for his victory. READ MORE »

Purdue University Fort Wayne Wins YETI FLW College Fishing Central Conference Tournament on Mississippi River presented by Evinrude

Purdue University Fort Wayne Wins YETI FLW College Fishing Central Conference Tournament on Mississippi River presented by Evinrude

WABASHA, Minn. – The Purdue University Fort Wayne duo of Connor Landis of Edgerton, Ohio, and Blake Spurgeon of Fort Wayne, Indiana, won the YETI FLW College Fishing event on the Mississippi River presented by Evinrude Friday with a five-bass limit weighing 17 pounds, 9 ounces. The victory earned the Mastadon’s bass club $2,000 and a slot in the 2020 FLW College... READ MORE »