UPCOMING EVENT: Costa FLW Series - 2019 - Lake Champlain

FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE

College Championship Top 5 Patterns - Day 1

College Championship Top 5 Patterns - Day 1
LOGAN SMITH & PAYTON MORGAN

Day one of the YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship presented by Lowrance C-Map Genesis was a challenge for many, but the top five teams all put together solid limits. The Red River gave up 14-7 for the leading University of Louisiana-Monroe duo of Thomas Soileau and Hunter Freeman, but a lot of teams are still in the hunt, as 37 teams managed at least 8 pounds. It’s likely that ounces will separate the eventual winners from second, and it’s almost a sure thing that ounces will determine who makes the cut to fish on day three, so getting off to a good start is only half the battle.

Many teams focused on main-river rock on day one, but that wasn’t the only way to catch fish. As the top five demonstrated, there are a number of patterns to be found on the Red River right now.

ULM’s leading pattern

Complete results

 

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

“All’s well that ends well” may be a little tough for Jackson Ebbers and Charlie Deshazer or swallow right now, but considering the potentially crushing obstacles day one presented, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln team clearly came out ahead.

“We stayed in Pool 5 all day and it was tough; we had just about everything that could go wrong go wrong,” Deshazer says. “First, our main power switch went out, so we couldn’t use our live wells at all. Then our cranking battery died, so we had to come back and get (another) cranking battery. And our throttle is messed up, so we can’t get on plane easily.”

Despite these impediments, the anglers turned in a solid effort, with squarebills and spinnerbaits producing their bites.

“We caught them on main river rocks,” Ebbers says. “If there was a straight place where the current came into the rocks, that was big. And anywhere you had current blowing through the rocks, they’d be sitting in there eating shad.

Deshazer says their bites came right on the rocks, so tight boat positioning was essential to keeping their baits with a couple feet of the structure.

Without livewell pumps to keep their fish aerated, Ebbers and Deshazer kept dumping buckets of lake water into their wells. Fortunately, they were able to keep their fish alive until they came in about an hour early.

 

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

The Red is a big river, but Kennesaw State University’s Payton Morgan and Logan Smith only needed a small piece of it to catch 12-7 and position themselves in third place.

“We got to our spot about 5 minutes after leaving take off and we had all of our weight within 10 minutes,” Morgan says. “We sat there all day and we could’ve caught fish all day, but we just stood our ground and protected out spot for tomorrow.”

Morgan and Smith caught their fish on reaction baits. They targeted a small current-washed rock point. The spot’s emergent section, Morgan says, belies the fish-laden subsurface structure.

“Throughout the day, we learned that we can get a finesse bite,” Morgan says. “The boat numbers flip flop tomorrow, so if somebody hits our spot before us, they’ll more than likely be throwing a reaction bait in the morning, but we can slide in after that and hopefully hit them with finesse baits.”

 

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

The brutal heat was tough on necks and noses, but Nick Hatfield & Corey Neece leveraged the day’s increasing sunlight to their advantage and put Tusculum College in fourth place with 12-1.

“We caught a few fish early, but as the day went on, the bite seemed to get better for us,” Hatfield says. “We’re fishing around grass, so I’d say it’s the sun that’s putting them in the grass.”

Targeting grassy cover in 5 to 6 feet, the anglers caught fish by flipping, fishing topwaters and dragging a worm. They made a long run, nearly to Pool 3 and fished way out of sight from passing competitors.

“We were way back in a pocket,” Hatfield says. “We had to use a push pole to get in. We got some good bites in there in practice, but we weren’t sure if we could get them today. But we went in there and it worked.”

 

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

Their day got off to a slow start, but Northwestern State’s Hunter Malmay and Robert Jones persevered and caught a fifth-place limit of 11-14.

“We didn’t have our first keeper until 11 o’clock,” Malmay says. “It was a grind and we struggled to establish a pattern early. We chased clear water all day and the fish that we did find held tight to cover.”

The Northwestern State anglers tried fishing rock banks, but found only shorts. Spending their whole day in Pool 5, they ended up catching their keepers by flipping shallow wood with a V&M J-Bug.

“We made our last cull in the last 10 minutes we could fish,” Malmay says.

 

Tags: david-a-brown  headline-story  2018-05-30-national-championship 

McCaghren Ready for Hamilton

McCaghren Ready for Hamilton

Billy McCaghren spends a lot of his free time coaching 8- to 10-year-old boys on how to swing and catch; but when the FLW Cup visits Hot Springs August 9-11, the Arkansas pro is hopeful that some of his young baseball players will be able to swing by and see the Lake Hamilton bass he plans on catching. READ MORE »

Elrod Runs Tide, Wood on James River

Elrod Runs Tide, Wood on James River

Bryan Elrod of Mechanicsville, Virginia, won Saturday’s T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Piedmont Division tournament on the James River after catching five bass weighing 16 pounds, 10 ounces. For his efforts, Elrod took home $3,637. READ MORE »

Mittlestat Tops at St. Clair

Mittlestat Tops at St. Clair

Dan Mittlestat of Woodhaven, Michigan, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Michigan Division tournament on Lake St. Clair presented by Navionics Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 22 pounds, 7 ounces. Mittlestat netted $6,552 for his win. READ MORE »

Schmitt Takes Champlain Title

Schmitt Takes Champlain Title

FLW Tour pro Bryan Schmitt of Deale, Maryland, won Saturday’s T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) tournament on Lake Champlain presented by Navionics after catching five bass weighing 19 pounds, 10 ounces. For his win, Schmitt earned $7,209 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 »

Peter T and Crew Win ICAST Cup

Peter T and Crew Win ICAST Cup

Representing Lew’s, the team of John Carman, Peter Thliveros and Matthew Mattingly won the 2019 ICAST Cup at Lake Toho this morning with a five-bass limit that weighed 20 pounds, 4 ounces. It’s the first time in the ICAST kickoff event’s five-year history that a team has won two titles, and they come back-to-back – though this time it was an outright win.  READ MORE »

Kilgore on Top at Neely Henry

Kilgore on Top at Neely Henry

Andy Kilgore of Kingston, Georgia, caught five bass Saturday weighing 19 pounds, 7 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) tournament on Lake Neely Henry. Kilgore pocketed $4,426 for his win in the event and earned 250 points in the Bama Division Angler of the Year (AOY) standings. The winner of the division’s AOY title after five tournaments will win $3,000. READ MORE »

Experience Carries Siggers

Experience Carries Siggers

Dennis Siggers of Danville, Virginia, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Shenandoah Division tournament on Smith Mountain Lake Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 19 pounds, 1 ounce. For his victory, Siggers earned $2,585 for his victory. READ MORE »

Melton Wins on Rough River

Melton Wins on Rough River

John Melton of Corydon, Indiana, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Hoosier Division tournament on Rough River Lake Saturday after catching five bass weighing 13 pounds, 12 ounces. Melton netted $4,838 for his win. READ MORE »

Jenkel Flips Bushes on Rend

Jenkel Flips Bushes on Rend

Derek Jenkel of Pinckneyville, Illinois, won the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Illini Division tournament on Rend Lake Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 15 pounds, 8 ounces. Jenkel earned $4,384 for his victory. READ MORE »

Campbell Gets a Hat Trick

Campbell Gets a Hat Trick

Brody Campbell of Oxford, Ohio, won the rescheduled T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Hoosier Division tournament on Rough River Lake presented by Navionics Sunday after catching four bass weighing 7 pounds, 13 ounces. Campbell earned $5,703 for his win. READ MORE »

Harlin Sacks 24 for Ozark W

Harlin Sacks 24 for Ozark W

Michael Harlin of Sunrise Beach, Missouri, caught five bass Saturday weighing 24 pounds, 9 ounces, to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) tournament on Lake of the Ozarks. Harlin pocketed $4,463 for his win in the event 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 »

Lake Champlain Day 4 Coverage

Lake Champlain Day 4 Coverage

Yesterday saw the crowning of the FLW Tour 2019 Angler of the Year (David Dudley) and Polaris Rookie of the Year (Ron Nelson). Today, there's nothing left to do but crown a champion for the Tour's last stop of the season. READ MORE »

Scanlon Wins it at Ti

Scanlon Wins it at Ti

Running south to Ticonderoga each day, Casey Scanlon weighed 19 pounds, 10 ounces on the final day of the FLW Tour event presented by T-H Marine on Lake Champlain. With a total of 76-2, Scanlon earned the win in the final event of the season and pocketed $102,700 for his efforts. READ MORE »

Nelson Wins ROY

Nelson Wins ROY

Ron Nelson blanked on the first day of his first FLW Tour event. Then he got things on track – so on track that he finished the season ninth overall in the standings and above every other rookie to earn the Polaris FLW Tour Rookie of the Year award. Winning ROY is typically a career-setting accomplishment, and to go with the hardware Nelson will also receive a Polaris Sportsman® 570 ATV. READ MORE »

Dudley Wins Historic 4th AOY

Dudley Wins Historic 4th AOY

Taking to the second to last day of the 2019 FLW Tour season, David Dudley finally did it again, triumphing over John Cox to win a historic fourth FLW Tour Angler of the Year title. Winning his first AOY in 2008, and then going back-to-back in 2011 and 2012, Dudley is now the only pro with four titles to their credit, surpassing both Clark Wendlandt and Andy Morgan. READ MORE »

Ticonderoga Showdown Looms

Ticonderoga Showdown Looms

After three days of the FLW Tour event presented by T-H Marine on Lake Champlain, all but one of the top five pros are turning south from Plattsburgh to chase largemouths at Ticonderoga. In the lead, Tyler Stewart of West Monroe, La., bagged up another 18 pounds, 5 ounces to boost his total to 58-6. In second and just 1-14 behind, Casey Scanlon of Lake Ozark., Mo., weighed 18-13 on day three for a 56-8 total. READ MORE »

Lake Champlain Day 3 Coverage

Lake Champlain Day 3 Coverage

We're down to 30 anglers in the FLW Tour's last stop of the 2019 season. The Angler of the Year and Polaris Rookie of the Year races are still up for grabs, and second-year pro Tyler Stewart is haflway to his first win on Tour. There will be storylines apletny today. READ MORE »

A Three-Angler Race for AOY

A Three-Angler Race for AOY

By making the top-30 cut, John Cox, David Dudley and Joseph Webster are all still in the 2019 FLW Tour Angler of the Year race. Scott Martin, who also made the cut and started the week in fourth place in the standings, cannot mathematically earn enough points to win AOY. READ MORE »

Lake Champlain Day 2 Coverage

Lake Champlain Day 2 Coverage

Tyler Stewart weighed in 22 pounds, 3 ounces yesterday to take the lead in the FLW Tour's last stop of the 2019 season. He was one of only four anglers to top the 20-pound mark, and his 1-pound, 12-ounce lead puts the second-year pro in great shape as day two kicks off. Another solid day will give Stewart and easy shot at the 30-pro cut on Saturday. READ MORE »

Stewart Stays Ahead at Champlain

Stewart Stays Ahead at Champlain

Tyler Stewart took the lead with a whopping 22 pounds, 3 ounces on day one of the FLW Tour event presented by T-H Marine on Lake Champlain. Today, he backed it up with 17-14 to stay ahead. Running to Ticonderoga both days and boating a 40-1 total, Stewart is just 1-5 ahead of John Voyles, who’s weighed 20-7 and 18-5 from the north end of the lake for a 38-12 total. READ MORE »