UPCOMING EVENT: Costa FLW Series - 2019 - Santee Cooper

FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE

College Fish-Off Updates

College Fish-Off Updates
THOMAS SOILEAU & HUNTER FREEMAN

Winning story

Complete results

 

1:20 Weight estimates: 

Hunter Freeman - 7-8 (5)

Thomas Soileau - 9-0 (5)

 

1:20 That's a wrap

With minimal reports in the last hour were going to shut down the blog for the day. The Red River South Marina bay is proving itself to be much more difficult than we expected. Unofficially, Freeman and Soileau are within a pound and a half of one another. Such a small margin will make for a dramatic weigh-in. The two anglers are set to cross the stage at 3:50 p.m. CT this afternoon at Bass Pro Shops in Bossier City. Make sure to watch it live on flwfishing.com as one of them will punch their ticket to the Forrest Wood Cup.

 

12:00 Freeman limits

Hunter finally has five fish in the boat. Unfortunately, fish No. 5 might be the smallest keeper he could have possibly caught. Still, a limit is a limit. Now Freeman needs to make some culls to catch up to Soileau.

 

11:30 Thomas culls

Thomas Soileau just made another cull after battling through a midday lull. His best five fish should be pushing nine pounds. Freeman finally gave up on his spot and is moving to a fresh area within the bay. A fifth fish for Freeman would sure go a long way now that he is two pounds back.

 

10:35 Slow

So far, the ULM anglers have been steadily chipping away at smaller fish, with a few decent ones mixed in. Since the last update Soileau caught a fish that didn’t help him. He’s still working wood banks. Freeman is still grinding away hoping to fill out his limit. It's looking like a kicker or two will be the difference maker.

 

10:05 First cull

Freeman is still one fish away from a limit. So far, his fish total 6 or 7 pounds. Soileau just gained about a half pound on his first cull. Once Freeman limits, this fish-off will be neck-and-neck.

 

 

9:45 Update

Freeman was getting close to the west end bank where the water was very clean but a sandbar blocked his way. Then Hunter turned around and buzzed back to the deeper area where he caught his better fish from earlier. And just like that, he brought in a 3-pounder on a crankbait.

Soileau has yet to catch another fish since filling out his limit.

 

9:10 Switching baits, stumps

Hunter has begun mixing in all different types of baits. Obviously, he is still trying to hone in on a pattern. All baits are being pitched at the wood-choked bank. There are also stumps everywhere. He can’t go 15 feet without bumping into one.

 

9:05 Limit

Thomas Soileau just completed his limit. In all, his fish weigh around 8 pounds.

 

8:55 Lull

The college boys have cooled off since their last flurries. Freeman is hitting the banks north of takeoff, exclusively casting at the bank, while Soileau is more towards the south. There is plenty of good looking stuff these guys will hit throughout the day. With so many fish in the area, they’re bound to figure them out.

 

8:15 Updates

Soileau is now one fish away from a small limit. He’s focusing on a particular cluster of wood located on a bank. Alternating between a shaky head and a Texas rig has been his go-to approach so far. He’s off to a good start but will undoubtedly need to upgrade at some point. Freeman is now up to three fish – No. 3 being a dink.

 

7:52 Soileau

Thomas Soileau just nabbed his second keeper of the morning. He’s flipping a Texas rigged plastic in wood.

 

7:45 Freeman

Hunter Freeman has his first pair of small keepers in the boat. The ULM angler appears to be throwing white spinnerbait with gold-Colorado blades. The bait also has a single orange strand in skirt. Soileau is still working on No. 2.

 

6:50 On the board

Thomas Soileau has the first fish catch of the morning – a decent keeper. He is pitching wood in the Southeast corner of the bay. This is the area nearest the entrance to the Red River. Meanwhile, Hunter Freeman just got to fishing. He is opening things up by tossing a spinnerbait around stumps.

 

 

6:45 Fish-off time

Yesterday, the team of Hunter Freeman and Thomas Soileau from the University of Louisiana-Monroe won the YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship presented by Lowrance C-Map Genesis on the Red River. Today, the duo will compete against each other in a fish-off for a bid to the 2018 Forrest Wood Cup. It truly is a scenario that will test the cunning and skill of the two-fellow anglers.

The playing field of the fish-off is the Red River South Marina and Resort Bay. There are plenty of release fish in it from the Championship and other tournaments, but it’s also a flat-out good place to fish. Depending on how you measure it, the bay is about 2 or 3 miles long, and there are docks, rocks, wood and some current elements as well. It isn’t too different from the playing field for the event, but the fishing is likely to be better – don’t be surprised to see the winning angler sack up a bag in the upper teens. Both Soileau and Freeman have grown up fishing bodies of water like this, and their win on the rest of the river certainly qualifies them well for the task, so one of them is bound to figure out how to catch ‘em good.

Weigh-in will be at 3:50 p.m. CT the Bass Pro Shops in Bossier City, La., just a few minutes before the final weigh-in for the T-H Marine BFL All-American. That gives the pair a full day of fishing to break down the fresh body of water. We have no idea what they will do, but this once-a-year scenario should be entertaining, and the winner is going to the Cup.

Tags: ulm  -fish-off  -freeman  -soileau  article 

Latimer, Cobb Honored by Visit Anderson

Latimer, Cobb Honored by Visit Anderson

Latimer represents Green Pond Landing and Event Center (on Lake Hartwell) with logos on his boat and jersey, and, with Hartwell serving as Latimer’s home lake, he’s being honored with a press conference on April 22 at Green Pond Landing to celebrate his recent success. READ MORE »

Cup Bubble Boys with Two to Go

Cup Bubble Boys with Two to Go

The top 40 pros in the 2019 FLW Tour standings qualify to fish the FLW Cup on Lake Hamilton Aug. 9-11. For about a dozen pros, the final two events of the season will decide whether they make it in or out. READ MORE »

Lawyer Loads Up on Cover Cash at Grand Lake

Lawyer Loads Up on Cover Cash at Grand Lake

Jeremy Lawyer has become well acquainted with earning bonus money through contingency programs like LEER Cover Cash and Toyota Bonus Bucks. In fact, he just pocketed another $500 from Leer and $2,000 from Toyota for his first-place finish on Grand Lake. These two programs, among others, have been especially kind to Lawyer throughout his career. READ MORE »

By the Numbers: Cherokee Lake

By the Numbers: Cherokee Lake

You can drive from the TVA Dam Boat Launch on Cherokee Lake to the Dayton Boat Dock on Lake Chickamauga – takeoff sites for the next two FLW Tour events – in less than two hours, yet the two eastern Tennessee fisheries are wildly different in a number of important ways.  READ MORE »

Nabe to Use Marshal Winnings for Leg Surgery

Nabe to Use Marshal Winnings for Leg Surgery

When you live a bass-fishing vagabond lifestyle, sleep in a van and have no bank account, every dollar counts out there on the tournament trail. That’s why Hiroyuki Watanabe – better known as Nabe – was very pleased to earn the $2,500 winner’s check for being the top-finishing marshal at the Grand Lake FLW Tour event last week. READ MORE »

By the Numbers: Grand Lake

By the Numbers: Grand Lake

After prespawn slugfests on Sam Rayburn, Toho and Seminole, the FLW Tour heads a little further north for what should be another big-bag prespawn showdown. READ MORE »

Bolton’s Real Secret to Success

Bolton’s Real Secret to Success

Kentucky pro Terry Bolton nearly retired from fishing in 2018, but his wife, Dacy, whom he married in the fall, convinced him to stick with it and helped him remember why he loves to fish so much: for the fun of it. Now, he's won an FLW Tour event and is leading the Angler of the Year race. READ MORE »

FLW Magazine Spring Issue Shipping Now

FLW Magazine Spring Issue Shipping Now

The spring issue of the FLW Bass Fishing magazine is shipping now to subscribers. It comes complete with the best bass fishing tips, technique breakdowns, profiles and tournament coverage in the industry. Each quarterly issue includes gear reviews, tips and tricks from the pros, and full coverage of the FLW tournament scene. READ MORE »

Top 10 Patterns from Chickamauga

Top 10 Patterns from Chickamauga

Tournament champion Brent Butler ran different patterns nearly every day in the Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division event on Lake Chickamauga last week. The tournament, presented by T-H Marine, wasn’t quite the slugfest many expected it to be, but Butler’s 68-pound, 8-ounce three-day total was still an impressive showing. The rest of the top 10 got on a handful of patterns – some the same all three days and some changing from day to day – but all worked well enough to earn a top 10 and a paycheck. READ MORE »

Darrell Lowrance Part of Fishing’s First Generation of Innovators

Darrell Lowrance Part of Fishing’s First Generation of Innovators

The future of fishing is brighter thanks to the hard work and ingenuity of industry pioneer Darrell Lowrance, who passed away on Saturday at age 80. FLW joins the industry in mourning his loss, and offers its condolences to the Lowrance family. READ MORE »

Seminole on YouTube

Seminole on YouTube

The third stop of the FLW Tour season on Lake Seminole was a roaring success. Many pros documented their practice and tournament days to give viewers an inside look at how their event unfolded. READ MORE »

FLW, Abu and Boy Scouts Launch Youth Contingency

FLW, Abu and Boy Scouts Launch Youth Contingency

FLW, along with Abu Garcia and the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), recently announced a new contingency program for youth bass anglers who fish the YETI FLW College Fishing and Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing tournament circuits. READ MORE »

President Signs S. 47, Expands Fishing Access

President Signs S. 47, Expands Fishing Access

President Donald Trump, on Tuesday, signed into law S. 47, a package of bills that “sets forth provisions regarding various programs, projects, activities, and studies for the management and conservation of natural resources on federal lands.” READ MORE »

College Open Midday Update — Day 1

College Open Midday Update — Day 1

Kentucky Lake is showing out in a big way on day one of the YETI FLW College Fishing Open. Cool but fairly calm conditions have paved the way for a lot of quality fish and some impressive stringers so far. READ MORE »

KHSAA Region 2 Tournament Moved

KHSAA Region 2 Tournament Moved

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) Region 2 bass tournament originally scheduled on Lake Cumberland out of General Burnside Island State Park has been moved to Halcomb’s Landing. READ MORE »

FLW, Kayak Bass Fishing Join Forces

FLW, Kayak Bass Fishing Join Forces

FLW announced today that it has partnered with Kayak Bass Fishing (KBF), LLC, the nation's foremost organization supporting kayak bass anglers, to hold two kayak bass-fishing tournaments in 2019. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The two events will be held in conjunction with FLW Tour events – the FLW Tour at Lake Chickamauga and the FLW Cup at Lake Hamilton – on nearby fisheries to offer kayak anglers and Tour pros separate fisheries for competition. KBF will manage operation of the two events, and the winners will be recognized on the FLW Tour stage and featured in FLW’s media outlets. READ MORE »

Polaris Named Title Sponsor of ROY Award

Polaris Named Title Sponsor of ROY Award

FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today that Polaris, the leading global powersports manufacturer, has been named the presenting sponsor for the coveted Polaris FLW Tour Rookie of the Year (ROY) award. The award is given to the highest-ranked first-year angler on the prestigious Tour, which features some of the top anglers in professional bass fishing. READ MORE »

FLW Kayak Fishing

READ MORE »

Co-angler Parks Nearly Goes Wire-to-Wire

Co-angler Parks Nearly Goes Wire-to-Wire

Jesse Parks came within 1 pound, 6 ounces of running wire-to-wire for the co-angler win in the Costa FLW Series Western Division Opener presented by Ranger Boats. He finished day one in fourth place with 10-9, but a 9-4 day-two effort (on a day that stumped most of the field) and two more fish for 3-11 on day three were plenty to claim the lead and never relinquish it. READ MORE »

Lake Mead Midday Update – Day 2

Lake Mead Midday Update – Day 2

It’s hard to get a read on how well Mead is fishing on day two of the Costa FLW Series Western Division opener presented by Ranger Boats. By some accounts, calmer conditions and cloudy skies have made the bite pick up in some key areas of the lake. On the other hand, the Overton Arm area is much slower today than it was on Thursday, and it's an area of the lake that produced for many anglers atop the day-one leaderboard. READ MORE »