UPCOMING EVENT: PHOENIX BASS FISHING LEAGUE - 2020 - Sam Rayburn Reservoir

ULM Takes the Lead on the Red

ULM Takes the Lead on the Red
THOMAS SOILEAU & HUNTER FREEMAN

Thomas Soileau and Hunter Freeman knew the Red River would yield a shallow bite; but the University of Louisiana-Monroe anglers also knew 167 other teams probably had that figured out, so they went off-script, caught a limit of 14 pounds, 7 ounces and took the day-one lead at the YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship presented by Lowrance C-Map Genesis.

Complete results

Top five patterns 

The leaders say they made a big run down to Pool 3, where they targeted offshore timber flats in about 8 feet of water. Putting themselves in position to win, Freeman says, meant working as far away from the crowds as possible.

“It was a lot of stuff that people weren’t fishing,” Soileau says. “There weren’t a lot of people around us but it worked for us.”

Freeman points to his pre-practice effort as the revealing moment when he realized what was possible during this otherwise lean pickings.

“I came here three weeks ago and it was on,” he says. “They were pulling water, everything was flowing through the timber and it would have taken 15 pounds a day to win, no doubt.

“We came here the first day of practice and it wasn’t the same. I told (Soileau), ‘The water is 95 degrees, it’s 2 1/2 feet, let’s back up.’ We did that and found them.”

The ULM anglers say they fished shallow diving crankbaits for what Freeman describes as big postspawn female bass. This scenario, he says, is one with which he and his partner are very familiar.

“The water’s too muddy to graph, but we have a lot of shallow, dirty places back home, like Lake D’Arbonne, which taught us how to fish,” Freeman says. “These fish get offshore this time of year and it’s similar to the Red River so we’re used to fishing this muddy water.”

Essential to their success, Freeman says, was a variety of retrieve speeds and presentation angles. He knew this would be the case today, but given his practice results, he was pleasantly surprised at how quickly the fish cooperated.

“It’s been better in the middle of the day, but today we were done by 10:30,” Freeman says. “We were just rolling through the juice early. You just have to get around them; they’re not very hard to catch once you find them. You might look like a fool sitting out there, but if you can get one to bite, it turns on.”

Soileau says he and Freeman found their weight fish spread across four different spots. They caught approximately nine keepers today, but they intentionally avoided several promising areas.

“We left it alone today, hoping we could get back on it tomorrow,” Soileau says. “We got on that bite the last day of practice and then we started running around finding more areas. The way the weather’s setting up, if the wind blows, we should have more fish coming to us every day.”

 

Top 10 teams

1. Thomas Soileau and Hunter Freeman – University of Louisiana-Monroe – 14-7 (5)

2. Charlie Deshazer and Jackson Ebbers – University of Nebraska – 13-11 (5)

3. Logan Smith and Payton Morgan - Kennesaw State University – 12-7 (5)

4. Nick Hatfield and Corey Neece – Tusculum College – 12-1 (5)

5. Hunter Malmay and Robert Jones – Northwestern State – 11-14 (5)

6. Cole Thomas and Via Thao –  California State Long Beach – 11-6 (5)

7. Garrett Addis and Aaron Banquer-Glenn – Clemson University – 10-15 (10)

8. Tyler Nekolny and Hunter Whiteley – Kansas State University – 10-12 (5)

9. Triston Crowder and Lake Blasingame – University of North Alabama – 10-10 (5)

10. Nathan Quince and Ryan Kozlowski – Slippery Rock University – 10-8 (5)

10. Josh Worth – Colorado Mesa University – 10-8 (5)

10. Michael Dunn and Henry Colberg – University of Pittsburg – 10-8 (5)

Complete results

 

Tags: college-fishing  -ulm  -headline-storyheadline-storyheadline-story  david-a-brown  headline-story  2018-05-30-national-championship 

FLW Announces Schedule, Rules and Entry Date For 2020 FLW College Fishing presented by YETI

FLW Announces Schedule, Rules and Entry Date For 2020 FLW College Fishing presented by YETI

BENTON, Ky. – Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) announced Thursday the schedule, rules and entry dates for the 2020 FLW College Fishing presented by YETI season, highlighted by the FLW College Fishing National Championship on the Harris Chain of Lakes in Leesburg, Florida, and advancement opportunities for anglers to compete in the Bass Fishing League (BFL) All... READ MORE »

Miller Wins Wild Card on Kentucky Lake

Miller Wins Wild Card on Kentucky Lake

Weighing limits of 15 pounds, 13 ounces on day one and 15-3 on day two, Michael Miller of Greenville, S.C., overcame a tough-fishing Kentucky Lake to win the T-H Marine Bass Fishing League (BFL) Wild Card and qualify for the All-American. 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 »

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 »

Coastal Carolina Wins on Hartwell  

Coastal Carolina Wins on Hartwell  

The Coastal Carolina University duo of Max McQuaide of Tyngsborough, Mass., and Grant Tattersall, of Conway, S.C., 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 Fishing National Championship. READ MORE »

Allison Comes from Behind on Cumberland

Allison Comes from Behind on Cumberland

By catching four quality smallmouth bass on the final day of the Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Cumberland, Missourian Chad Allison was able to come back from 10th place and win the co-angler division, earning more than $30,000. READ MORE »

Upshaw Closes on Cumberland

Upshaw Closes on Cumberland

For the second time this season, Andrew Upshaw is an FLW champion thanks to consistent days spent targeting big Southern smallmouths. The Tulsa, Okla., pro won the 2019 Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Cumberland in Burnside, Ky., with a three-day total weight of 42 pounds, 15 ounces. The win comes less than seven months after Upshaw won the FLW Tour event on Cherokee Lake in east Tennessee. READ MORE »

FLW Live Leaderboard - Lake Cumberland

FLW Live Leaderboard - Lake Cumberland

FLW media staff provides unofficial weight estimates for the 2019 Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Cumberland READ MORE »

Cumberland Day 3 Coverage

Cumberland Day 3 Coverage

Andrew Upshaw continues to roll on Cumberland. READ MORE »

Upshaw Moves Ahead at Cumberland

Upshaw Moves Ahead at Cumberland

Day two of the Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Cumberland was a bit tougher for some, given the post-frontal conditions featuring lighter winds, sun and cold temperatures. As projected, consistency has been the key and Andrew Upshaw continued to dial in his program adding 15 pounds, 1 ounce to his day-one bag of 14-15 for a total of 30 pounds even. READ MORE »

Cumberland Day 2 Coverage

Cumberland Day 2 Coverage

Day one of the Costa FLW Series Championship proved to be about as challenging as many anglers anticipated after a tough practice period, but it wasn’t all bad. Zimbabwe’s Roger Cousens certainly wasn’t complaining. His tournament-leading 17-pound, 2-ounce bag was exactly what he had hoped for as the tournament kicked off, and he’s gunning for another big stringer today. READ MORE »

Zimbabwe’s Cousens Grabs Lead

Zimbabwe’s Cousens Grabs Lead

The FLW International Division is well represented in the Costa FLW Series Championship, and perhaps none represented the division better than Roger Cousens of Zimbabwe, who didn’t seem bothered by the stingy conditions of Lake Cumberland on day one. With the only bag that topped 17 pounds for the day (17-2), Cousens enters day two with a 3-ounce lead over Robert Nakatomi, who qualified from the Western Division. READ MORE »

Cumberland Day 1 Coverage

Cumberland Day 1 Coverage

With rain early and a cold snap forecasted to move in this afternoon, the first day of the Costa FLW Series Championship on Lake Cumberland could present some unique challenges for the 193-boat field, especially after a fairly mild and pleasant practice period.  READ MORE »

Fitzpatrick All the Way on Grand

Fitzpatrick All the Way on Grand

Roger Fitzpatrick has had quite a fall fishing season. He won the BFL Super Tournament on Lake of the Ozarks in September, then qualified for the All-American by winning the BFL Regional on Grand Lake in October. 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 »

Drury Wins on Lake of the Ozarks

Drury Wins on Lake of the Ozarks

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 Championship. READ MORE »

Myers Makes Long Run for Kentucky Win

Myers Makes Long Run for Kentucky Win

Mark Myers of Cedar Falls, Iowa, is no stranger to the victory circle with FLW, having previously won a BFL as a boater to go with two FLW Tour victories as a co-angler and two more as a co-angler in Costa FLW Series competition. But, his latest win at the T-H Marine Bass Fishing League (BFL) Regional on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes is the realization of his long-time goal to qualify for the All-American. READ MORE »

Beavers Wins Potomac Regional

Beavers Wins Potomac Regional

A severe storm backed up the tides and drained many of the best areas on the Potomac. Adjusting to the unusual conditions and grinding out daily limits were the keys to success in the BFL Regional. READ MORE »

New Dominates Seminole Regional

New Dominates Seminole Regional

Belmont, N.C., angler Bryan New, who’s regularly one of FLW’s top performers in the grassroots ranks, had established a dominant pace. New weighed in 22 pounds, 9 ounces on day one and added 20-2 on day two to carry a lead of 6 pounds, 15 ounces into the finals. A roughly 7-pound margin isn’t necessarily a sure thing on Seminole, but the fall bite was a bit slower than what the lake can produce, and it was obvious New was cruising. READ MORE »