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LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. (Feb. 25, 2012) – The  Utah Valley University team of Russell Behlings of Custer, S.D. and Aaron Warner of Orem, Utah won the National Guard FLW College Fishing Western Conference event on Lake Havasu Saturday with five bass weighing 13 pounds, 11 ounces. The victory earned the team $5,000. The win also helped them advance to the Western Conference Regional Championship.
 
      “I’m on top of the world right now!” said Warner, an Exercise Science major. “What an awesome day! We started off hitting the channels, doing some sight fishing. We were able to get a couple of big bass off the beds, and had some luck. I was fishing a drop-shot with a beaver in about 20 to 25 feet of water. I kept telling Russ that we were going to get a buzzer-beater fish at the end, and we did. I caught our last one with just a few minutes left in the tournament, and we were able to cull a smaller one. That fish made the difference.”
 
      The day featured a slight breeze and warm, clear skies, and the team from Utah Valley won by 2 pounds, 1 ounce over their closest competitors.         
 
      “Our club did a great job preparing us and getting us ready to fish this lake,” Warner went on to say. “We weren’t really familiar with this lake, but they gave us some great tips and we tried to do the best research we could. It’s cold right now in Utah, so to be down here in this warm 70-plus degree weather is just awesome.”
 
      Rounding out the top five teams and also advancing to the Western Conference Championship are:
 
      2nd: Northern Arizona University – Nicole Albright and Brent Perkins, both of Phoenix, Ariz. (five bass, 11-10, $1,500)
      3rd:  California State University-Monterey Bay – Matthew Diaz, Castroville, Calif., and David Hamblin, Morgan Hill, Calif. (five bass, 11-2, $1,000)
      4th:  Eastern Washington University – Nick Barr, Lacey, Wash., and Jesse Squires, Cheney, Wash. (five bass, 10-12, $1,000)
      5th:  California State University-Chico State – Nicholas Carrico, Chico, Calif., and Anthony Dayton, Walnut Creek, Calif. (four bass, 10-10, $1,000)
   
      College Fishing is free to enter and FLW provides boats and drivers for each competing team along with travel allowances. All participants must be registered, full-time undergraduate students at a four-year college or university and members of a fishing club recognized by their college or university.
  
Visit CollegeFishing.com to sign up or to start a club at your school.
 
 
Courtesy of FLWOutdoors.com
 

 
Posted By Hawgsrus

Wilcox wins co-angler title, $20,000

 

CLEWISTON, Fla. (Feb. 12, 2012) – EverStart pro Randall Tharp of Gardendale, Ala., had endured three days of tough weather and wind and managed to lead the first three days of competition at the Walmart FLW Tour on Lake Okeechobee presented by Evinrude. All he needed was one more solid day’s weight to claim his first FLW Tour title.EverStart pro Randall Tharp

Tharp caught a five-bass limit weighing 23 pounds, 2 ounces Sunday to win $125,000 with a four-day catch of 20 bass weighing 101-12. The catch gave him the win by a massive 23-pound, 9-ounce margin over John Cox of Debary, Fla., who caught a total of 20 bass weighing 78-3 and earned $35,000. Tharp’s margin of victory broke the FLW Tour record set by National Guard pro Brett Hite (20-4, Lake Toho, 2008).

“When I caught the first big one today and it put me at 19 (pounds) and I caught the second big one I didn’t say anything, but when I caught the third one I knew it was over,” Tharp added.

“It was not what you want in south Florida,” Tharp said. “We had a wind chill of 27 degrees this morning. The winds were sustained 20 (miles per hour) with gusts to 40. The style I was fishing is what you need to do under those conditions.”

And Tharp’s style of fishing just happened to be what he loves to do – use a big rod, heavy line and big weights to flip grass. Tharp fished the north end of the lake and threw a black with blue flake Bitters Baits B.F.M. paired with a 1 ½-ounce pegged sinker. Tharp said he boated eight keepers during the course of the day.

Overall there were 27 bass weighing 77 pounds, 12 ounces caught by pros Sunday. The catch included four five-bass limits.

Aymon Wilcox of Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., won the co-angler division and $20,000 Saturday with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 44 pounds, 4 ounces followed by Spiro Agouros of Peterborough, Ontario, in second place with 13 bass weighing 38-0 worth $7,625.

In FLW Tour Open tournaments, pros and co-anglers are competing for valuable points that could help them qualify for the 2013 Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart, the world championship of bass fishing.

The Tour stop on Lake Okeechobee presented by Evinrude was hosted by Roland & Mary Ann Martins Marina & Resort, and was the first of 10 Walmart FLW Tour tournaments of the 2011 season. The Walmart FLW Tour on Lake Hartwell presented by Folgers will be the next tournament and will be held March 8-11 in Greenville/Anderson, S.C. The event will be hosted by the Greenville Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Anderson Convention & Visitors Bureau and boats will launch from Portman Shoals Marina in Anderson, S.C. For a complete schedule, visit FLWOutdoors.com.

Coverage of the Lake Okeechobee tournament will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on NBC Sports Network when “FLW” airs March 18 from 1 to 2 p.m. ET. "FLW" is hosted by Jason Harper and is broadcast to more than 559 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWOutdoors.com.

Courtesy of  FLWOutdoors.com.


 
Posted By Hawgsrus

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DEL RIO, Texas (Feb. 4, 2012) – Lamar University’s Danny Iles, Hemphill, Texas, and Justin Royal, Vidor, Texas won the National Guard FLW College Fishing South Conference event on Lake Amistad Saturday with five bass weighing 21 pounds, 11 ounces. The victory earned the team $5,000. The win also helped them advance to the South Conference Regional Championship.

 
      “You couldn’t have asked for better weather conditions,” said Iles, a senior mechanical engineering major. “It was overcast with a wind that really helped us with our bite, we wouldn’t have been able to catch anything without the wind we had today. It was perfect for rattle baits. We caught all our fish with a Red Eye Shad in about 2 to 8 feet of water. We fished the same grassy area all day long and were catching one fish about every 15 minutes, we must have had at least 25 keepers today.
   
      Rounding out the top five teams and also advancing to the South Regional Championship are:
 
      2nd:   Texas State University – Jared Brown, San Marcos, Texas, and David Cosner, Austin, Texas (five bass, 19-1, $1,500)
      3rd:   University of Louisiana-Monroe – Paul Clark and Brett Preuett, both of Monroe, La. (five bass, 18-14, $1,000)
      4th:  Tarleton State-Stephenville – Cody Metz and Shelby Floyd both of Stephenville, Texas (five bass, 15-12, $1,000)
      5th:    Texas A&M-Kingsville – Cody Burell, Uvalde, Texas, and Will Watson, Kingsville, Texas (five bass, 14-11, $1,000)
 
      Complete results can be found at FLWCollegeFishing.com.
 
      The top five teams from each tournament qualify for the regional championship where the first-place team will win a Ranger 177TR bass boat with a 90-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard wrapped in school colors for their fishing club. The top five teams from each regional tournament advance to the national championship. 
 
Courtesy of FLWOutdoors.com

 


 
Posted By Hawgsrus

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Gray wins co-angler title
 
DEL RIO, Texas (Feb. 4, 2012) – JJ Ducharme of Brackettville, Texas, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 23 pounds Saturday to win the EverStart Series Texas Division on Lake Amistad with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 63 pounds. For his victory, Ducharme earned $35,000.
  
“All week the afternoon bite has been the most productive,” Ducharme went on to say. “On the first day I caught my 10-pounder 10 minutes before we had to check in and we left them biting. On day two between my co-angler and I we caught 45 pounds in three hours there, it was incredible. And today my big fish didn’t come until after 2. Staying in the game mentally was really my biggest challenge all week, especially with the bite not turning on until after noon.”
 
Ducharme indicated that he was fishing with Strike King Series 5 and 6 crankbaits mostly in the color bluegill.
          
      Complete results can be found at FLWOutdoors.com.
 
Philip Crelia caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the Pro Division Friday – an 8-pound, 11-ounce bass – that earned him the day’s EverStart Series Big Bass award of $300.               
 
Travis Gray of Princeton, La., won the Co-angler Division and a Ranger 177TR with an Evinrude or Mercury outboard motor with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 47 pound, 10 ounces.
  
Jerry Propst caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the Co-angler Division Thursday – a 7-pound, 14-ounce bass – that earned him the day’s EverStart Series Big Bass award of $200.
  

The next EverStart Series Texas Division tournament will be April 12-14 at Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Jasper, Texas, and is hosted by the Jasper-Lake Sam Rayburn Chamber of Commerce.

 

Courtesy of BASS Communications.