UPCOMING EVENT: T-H Marine BFL - 2019 - Potomac River

FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE

Gamecocks Win National Title

Gamecocks Win National Title

COLUMBIA, S.C. – As any good Palmetto State bass fisherman will tell you, home lake advantage only works if you’re consistent in your catches from day to day. Anthony Gagliardi proved it here on Lake Murray last summer in the Forrest Wood Cup, and the University of South Carolina proved it again in the FLW College Fishing National Championship that concluded Saturday. The home-standing Gamecocks put together three solid rounds of limit catches to amass a tournament-winning weight of 53 pounds, 2 ounces.

In capturing the 2015 championship title, the South Carolina team of Patrick Walters and Gettys Brannon edged previous tournament leader Liberty University of Lynchburg, Va. Liberty’s Travis Rulle and Caleb Eppler weren’t too shabby in the consistency department either, as they led the tournament presented by Lowrance Genesis Insight College Cup the first two days. The problem for them was that they couldn’t finish with five good keepers, though four almost did it for them. As it was, the Gamecocks won by a 1-pound, 5-ounce margin. Their prize package included a Ranger Z117 with 90-horsepower outboard as well as berths in the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Ouachita in August.

When their victory was announced by Chris Jones, the tournament master of ceremonies, the partisan crowd at Carolina Baseball Stadium rose to its feet in a wild outburst of jubilation. Indeed, during the competition the hometown favorites were followed around the lake by a small flotilla of family members and friends. It didn’t require too much fuel. Typically, the Gamecocks’ day began and ended in Bear Creek, where the bulk of their catch originated.

“We rotated around 15 or 20 places  – mostly points and docks,” says Brannon. “These were all places where we knew from previous experience that, at this time of year, the blueback herring spawn is pretty reliable. Truthfully, the bite wasn’t as good as we had expected and predicted, and it got slower. Today [Saturday] we threw Carolina rigs the first hour and then switched to Zoom Flukes, which was just the opposite of what we had been doing before. But we got our biggest fish on the Carolina rig so we stayed with it awhile. When we did switch to Flukes later, the whole deal was cranking them as fast as we could, with short twitches along the way. And we were using reels with 7:1 gear ratios.”

The pair started out in sixth place on day one with 17-6, then went to second with an 18-11 stringer that gave them 36-1. In the meantime, Liberty University opened its bid on Thursday with the tournament’s best limit, 22-2, which was anchored by a 7-pound, 9-ounce largemouth. Rulle and Eppler followed with 14-4 on the second day and though the four fish they brought to the scale the last day averaged almost 4 pounds apiece, their failure to catch a fifth keeper cost them dearly. Walters recalls that when he and Brannon started culling (they culled four times Saturday), they reckoned they would need at least 15 pounds to stay in the hunt. They weren’t far off.

“The fish weren’t as aggressive Saturday as they were earlier in the week,” says Walters. We were around blueback herring all day, but the bass just weren’t very cooperative. We really had to work for the better fish and were fortunate enough to cull the four squeakers that we caught early in the day.

As was the case with most of the top 10 teams that fished Saturday, Liberty University had a game plan that revolved around fishing herring blowups. The Flames had the area they fished to themselves early in the tournament, but had to share water Saturday because of a local tournament that launched near where they were fishing.

“We were fishing in the area of the lake where it joins the riverine section above Dreher’s Island,” notes Rulle. “I’m not making any excuses, but when we started fishing our best spot this morning, a local came up and literally started fishing within 20 feet of us. He was casting in front of our boat and our lines crossed a couple of times. Finally, we just gave up and moved on. It was pretty distracting.”

Eastern Kentucky’s Kyle Ramer and Ethan Snyder finished third on the strength of Saturday’s best stringer: 17-10. The Colonels were in second place after the opening round and fell to sixth on day two before rebounding.


2015 FLW College Fishing National Championship:

1st - University of South Carolina, Patrick Walters and Gettys Brannon, 53-2
2nd - Liberty University, Travis Rulle and Caleb Eppler, 51-13
3rd - Eastern Kentucky, Kyle Raymer and Ethan Snyder, 51-4
4th - Colorado Mesa University, Josh Worth and Kennedy Kinkade, 48-1
5th - Oregon State University, Chase Cochran and Ryan Sparks, 48-0
6th - Tennessee Tech, Matthew Townson and Joe Ellis, 42-14
7th - Auburn University, Ben Curry and Tim Ward, 42-13
8th - Lamar University, Justin Royal and Cameron LaFleur, 42-10
9th - Murray State University, Justin Graben and Dan Schult, 41-15
10th - Lamar University, Brandon Simoneaux and Josh Bowie, 41-14

Click here for full results.

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

Previewing the Potomac

Previewing the Potomac

Just two days separate the final day of the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League All-American and the start of the YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship, both on the Potomac River. Given the time of year the pair of tournaments land on the fishing calendar, it’s fair to expect some big things from both events. READ MORE »

Chesapeake Bay Readies for Weekend of FLW Youth Bass-Fishing Tournaments

Chesapeake Bay Readies for Weekend of FLW Youth Bass-Fishing Tournaments

BEL AIR, Md. – Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) is set to visit Harford County next week, May 31- June 1, with the YETI FLW College Fishing tournament at the Chesapeake Bay presented by Bass Pro Shops and the Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Open at the Chesapeake Bay presented by Costa. The tournaments, hosted by Visit Harford, will showcase some of the... READ MORE »

Matlock Flips Bushes for Title

Matlock Flips Bushes for Title

Tyler Matlock of Omaha, Arkansas, caught 11 pounds, 9 ounces of bass Saturday to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Arkie Division tournament on Greers Ferry Lake. For his efforts, Matlock took home $3,205. READ MORE »

Quaintance Makes it Two on Pickwick

Quaintance Makes it Two on Pickwick

Chris Quaintance of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Mississippi Division tournament on Pickwick Lake Saturday with five bass weighing 21 pounds, 5 ounces. Quaintance netted $4,119 for his victory. READ MORE »

Laufenberg Claims Mighty Miss Title

Laufenberg Claims Mighty Miss Title

Cade Laufenberg of Goodview, Minnesota, won Saturday’s T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Great Lakes Division opener on the Mississippi River at La Crosse presented by Navionics with five bass weighing 16 pounds, 7 ounces. For his day on the water, Laufenberg pocketed $4,355. READ MORE »

Chico Wins on Clear

Chico Wins on Clear

The Chico State University duo of Carson Leber of Dixon, California, and Chad Sweitzer of Chico, California, won the YETI FLW College Fishing event on Clear Lake presented by Costa Saturday with a five-bass limit weighing 17 pounds, 9 ounces. The victory earned the Wildcats’ bass club $2,000 and a slot in the 2020 FLW College Fishing National Championship. READ MORE »

Sales Earns Top Spot on Cherokee

Sales Earns Top Spot on Cherokee

Hunter Sales of Blaine, Tennessee, caught five bass Saturday weighing 14 pounds, 12 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Volunteer Division event on Lake Cherokee. Sales earned $3,455 for his efforts. READ MORE »

Burger Smashes 23-9 on Chesapeake Bay

Burger Smashes 23-9 on Chesapeake Bay

Jason Burger of Bridgeton, New Jersey, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Northeast Division opener on the Chesapeake Bay presented by Navionics Saturday with five bass weighing 23 pounds, 9 ounces. For his efforts, Burger pocketed $4,000. READ MORE »

Boehle Runs Shad Spawn, Points for W

Boehle Runs Shad Spawn, Points for W

Adam Boehle of Warrenton, Missouri, caught five bass Saturday weighing 20 pounds, 12 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) tournament on Lake of the Ozarks. Boehle pocketed $4,938 for his win in the event presented by Navionics and 250 points in the Ozark Division presented by Bassing Bob standings. The winner of the division’s Angler of the Year title after five tournaments will win $3,000. READ MORE »

Allman Wins on Wylie

Allman Wins on Wylie

Mike Allman of York, South Carolina, caught five bass Saturday weighing 14 pounds, 7 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) South Carolina Division event on Lake Wylie. Allman earned $2,500 for his efforts. READ MORE »

Chico State Wins YETI FLW College Fishing Western Conference Tournament on Clear Lake presented by Costa

Chico State Wins YETI FLW College Fishing Western Conference Tournament on Clear Lake presented by Costa

LAKEPORT, Calif. (May 20, 2019) – The Chico State University duo of Carson Leber of Dixon, California, and Chad Sweitzer of Chico, California, won the YETI FLW College Fishing event on Clear Lake presented by Costa Saturday with a five-bass limit weighing 17 pounds, 9 ounces. The victory earned the Wildcats’ bass club $2,000 and a slot in the 2020 FLW College Fishing National... READ MORE »

Lake County Drops 23-9 on Clear Lake

Lake County Drops 23-9 on Clear Lake

The Lake County High School Fishing Club duo of Cooper Goff and Nathan Phillips, both of Kelseyville, California, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 23 pounds, 9 ounces to win the 2019 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Clear Lake Open. READ MORE »

Grover Grabs Clear Lake Title

Grover Grabs Clear Lake Title

Clear Lake is always a fun place to fish, but wind, rain and cooler temperatures made things tough for the second stop of the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Ranger Boats, and the famed fishery wasn't as kind as it can be with many pros struggling as the week went on. Kyle Grover, on the other hand, only got better as the tournament progressed. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Clear Lake Day 2

Top 5 Patterns from Clear Lake Day 2

Drop-shotting tules was the main pattern for Uribe and knowing how to reach the fish made all the difference. Adjusting to the conditions was definitely key on day two, and no doubt the rest of the top pros had to go with the flow to stay in sight of the title. READ MORE »

Uribe in Charge on Clear Lake

Uribe in Charge on Clear Lake

When weather woes nixed Joe Uribe Jr.’s initial objective, the resilient angler from Surprise, Ariz., refocused his effort and sacked up a limit of 19 pounds, 5 ounces to take over the lead on day two of the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Ranger Boats and hosted by Konocti Vista Casino Resort & Marina with a total weight of 41-13. READ MORE »

Clear Lake Midday Update – Day 2

Clear Lake Midday Update – Day 2

Clear Lake was in a foul, foul mood this morning for the second day’s launch of the Costa FLW Series Western Division event, which is presented by Ranger Boats and hosted by Konocti Vista Casino Resort & Marina. Absent was the drizzly rain of yesterday, but the tradeoff was a 15- to 20-mph northwest wind that turned the lake into a washing machine. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Clear Lake Day 1

Top 5 Patterns from Clear Lake Day 1

Lane Olson of Forest Grove, Ore., benefitted from a double dose of Clear Lake kickers when he found the right set of docks in a major spawning bay. Finesse baits did the trick up shallow for the day one leader at the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Ranger Boats. Other slow presentations served his brief offshore work. Handling the day’s weather challenges was a big part of Olson’s success.  Here are the details of the rest of the top five. READ MORE »

Olson Out in Front at Clear Lake

Olson Out in Front at Clear Lake

Lane Olson of Forest Grove, Ore., was able to separate himself from the pack on day one of the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Ranger Boats with a five-bass limit weighing 25 pounds. One of four anglers to crack 20 pounds, Olson leads second-place pro Joe Uribe Jr. by 2 1/2 pounds. The rest of the top 20 are packed together with just a few pounds separating them.  READ MORE »

Clear Lake Midday Update – Day 1

Clear Lake Midday Update – Day 1

The weather system pushing through northern California brought dreary, drizzly conditions interspersed with occasional steady spells of light rain for day one of the Costa FLW Series Western Division event, which is presented by ranger Boats and hosted by Konocti Vista Casino Resort & Marina. The sun made only a few peeking appearances, but there were several bright spots in the morning’s activity. READ MORE »

South Laurel Wins KHSAA Championship on Kentucky

South Laurel Wins KHSAA Championship on Kentucky

The South Laurel High School team of Shawn Coots and Trent Keltner weighed 19 pounds, 9 ounces on day one and 13-4 on day two for a 32-13 total and the win in the 2019 Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) State Bass Fishing Championship on Kentucky Lake. READ MORE »