FLW College Fishing National Championship Headed To Lake Keowee

February 28, 2014

SENECA, S.C., Feb. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — FLW College Fishing is headed to Lake Keowee March 6-8 for the FLW College Fishing National Championship presented by the Lowrance Insight Genesis College Cup. Forty-nine college teams will be competing for a top award of a Ranger Z117 and entry into the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing.

“Lake Keowee is kind of a miniature Lake Hartwell, really,” said Walmart FLW Tour pro Andy Morgan. “It’s deep and clear and has a good population of spotted bass and largemouth. There are some magnum largemouth in there.”

Morgan said anglers will favor offshore tactics during the tournament – jerkbaits, drop-shot rigs and shaky-head rigs.

“There may be a few caught by dock fishing, but it will probably be dominated offshore,” Morgan said. “Once it warms up, they’re hard to catch. Once they come off the bed you can catch them for a couple of weeks on topwater baits, but then they get hard to catch. If I had to pick one time to be at Keowee this would be it.

“My guess is you’ll see 75 percent spotted bass at the weigh-ins,” Morgan added. “And it’s going to take 16 to 17 pounds a day to win.”

Anglers will take off from South Cove County Park located at 828 S. Cove Road in Seneca, S.C., at 7 a.m. Weigh-in will be held at South Cove County Park starting at 3 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. Weigh-in Saturday will be at 3 p.m. at the Walmart located at 1636 Sandifer Blvd. in Seneca. Takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public.

Schools competing in the 2014 FLW College Fishing National Championship, which is hosted by the Mountain Lakes Convention and Visitors Bureau, include:

    Arkansas Tech University -
     Evan Barnes, Hot Springs,
     Ark., and Ryan Dorsett,
     Rison, Ark.

    Auburn University -
     Garrett Roberts, Cullman,
     Ala., and Timmy Ward,
     Auburn, Ala.

    Auburn University-
     Montgomery - Tyler Strock
     and Dalton Darnell, both
     of Deatsville, Ala.

    Baylor University - Tyler
     Torwick, Waco, Texas, and
     Connor Case, Plano, Texas

    Cal Poly - John Zeolla,
     Oak Park, Calif., and
     Kyle Greenlaw, San Luis
     Obispo, Calif.

    Chico State - Nick
     Carrico, Oroville,
     Calif., and Andrew
     Loberg, Rocklin, Calif.

    CSU-Monterey Bay - Joshua
     Smith and Andrew
     Sjostrom, both of Marina,

    CSU-Monterey Bay -
     Matthew Diaz and
     Sebastian Resendiz, both
     of Castroville, Calif.

    Dallas Baptist University
     - Trent Newman,
     Midlothian, Texas, and
     Jacob Sepeda, Roby, Texas

    Eastern Kentucky - Ethan
     Snyder, Vine Grove, Ky.,
     and Billy French,
     Hamilton, Ohio

    Florida State University -
     Nicholas Harris,
     Marianna, Fla., and
     Brooks Woodward,
     Thomasville, Ga.

    Georgetown College - John
     Hunter and Vincent
     Timperio, both of
     Georgetown, Ky.

    Georgia Southern - Dean
     Mullett, Marietta, Ga.,
     and Dalton Anderson,
     Peachtree City, Ga.

    Hardin -Simmons
     University - Randy
     Sullivan, Breckenridge,
     Texas, and Hubbell Allen,
     Abilene, Texas

    Henderson State - Shane
     Stoddard, Hot Springs,
     Ark., and Cobey
     Wingfield, Malvern, Ark.

    Humboldt State University
     - Christopher Childers,
     McKinleyville, Calif.,
     and Erich Coulter,
     Arcata, Calif.

    Humboldt State University
     - Derrick Hicks, Lincoln,
     Calif., and Graeme Lock,
     Arcata, Cailf.

    Indiana University - Sean
     Gillenwater, Bloomington,
     Ind., and Josh Collier,
     Ellettsville, Ind.

    Lamar University - Justin
     Royal, Vidor, Texas, and
     Colby Ogden, Kountze,

    Lincoln Memorial
     University - Chris Hunt,
     Loudon, Tenn., and Kyle
     Warwick, Oak Ridge, Tenn.

    Mansfield University -
     Matt Novitski, Kingston,
     Pa., and Colton Otto,
     Carlisle, Pa.

    Murray State University -
     Cody Sieben, Belle
     Plaine, Minn., and Dan
     Schult, Millstadt, Ill.

    North Alabama - Dawson
     Lenz, Peachtree City,
     Ga., and Evan Horne,
     Florence, Ala.

    Northern Illinois
     University - Derek
     Malanowski, Woodridge,
     Ill., and Chris Kosior,
     Palos Hills, Ill.

    Northwood University -
     Travis Riedel, Falmouth,
     Mich., and Zach Lowe,
     Troy, Mich.

    Oregon State University -
     Zach Macdonald, Willits,
     Calif., and Ryan Sparks,
     Gearhart, Ore.

    Ramapo College - Joseph
     Zapf and Andrew Zapf,
     both of Whippany, N.J.

    Sacramento State - Thomas
     Kanemoto, Vacaville,
     Calif., and Kyle Derbish,
     Sacramento, Calif.

    Slippery Rock University -
     Benjamin Tawney,
     Stoystown, Pa., and Tyler
     Branca, Hermitage, Pa.

    Sonoma State University -
     Adrien Briens, Carlsbad,
     Calif., and Ernie Gorham,
     Rohnert Park, Calif.

    SUNY-Plattsburgh - John
     McDougall, Queensbury,
     N.Y., and Nate Lewis,
     Middletown Springs, Vt.

    Texas A&M - Cole Temple,
     College Station, Texas,
     and Zachary Wymer,
     Southlake, Texas

    Troy University - Connor
     Bedsole, Arab, Ala., and
     Bradley Norred, Morris,

    University of Louisiana-
     Monroe - Nick Ladart and
     Brian Eaton, both of
     Monroe, La.

    UNC-Charlotte - Shane
     Lehew, Charlotte, N.C.,
     and Eric Self, Lawndale,

    University of Colorado-
     Colorado Springs - Peter
     Decker and Justin
     Solverson, both of
     Colorado Springs, Colo.

    University Of Evansville -
     Nick Uebelhor and Eric
     Kieffner, both of Jasper,

    University Of Iowa - John
     Mercer, Burlington, Iowa,
     and Keaton Williams, Fort
     Dodge, Ind.

    University Of Minnesota -
     Austin Felix, Eden
     Prairie, Minn., and Chris
     Burgan, Minneapolis,

    University Of Nebraska-
     Omaha - Ben Milliken,
     Bennington, Neb., and Ben
     Kroeger, Omaha, Neb.

    University Of North Texas
     - Michael Worley,
     Bedford, Texas, and
     Branden Barnett, Denton,

    University Of Oklahoma -
     Paul Muzljakovich,
     Wagoner, Okla., and
     Landon Dixon, Hinton,

    UT-Chattanooga - Taylor
     Bolton, Soddy Daisy,
     Tenn., and Parker Bacon,
     Nashville, Tenn.

    UW-Stevens Point - Cody
     Lincoln, Okauchee, Wis.,
     and Jason Hawksford,
     Hudson, Wis.

    Vermont Technical College
     - Tylor Lahue,
     Colchester, Vt., and
     William Waite, Hartland,

    Virginia Tech - John
     Woodward, Richmond, Va.,
     and Ricky Kassebaum,
     Salem, Va.

    West Virginia University -
     Edward Rude III, Falling
     Waters, W. Va., and
     Mathew Gibson,
     Morgantown, W. Va.

    Xavier University - Ty
     Styons, Fairfield, Ohio,
     and Andrew Decilles,
     Batesville, Ind.

    Young Harris College -
     Furman (Joe) Thompson,
     Clayton, Ga., and Grayson
     Payne, Blairsville, Ga.

    Youngstown State
     University - Charles
     Cremeans, Youngstown,
     Ohio, and Zachary Alcorn,
     New Philadelphia, Ohio

The national championship awards the top team a $30,000 prize package, including a Ranger Z117 with a 90-horsepower engine and an entry into the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup. The team member fishing as a pro in the Forrest Wood Cup also receives the use of a wrapped Ranger Boat and Chevy Tow Vehicle. All prize money earned in the Forrest Wood Cup goes directly to the individual who earns it. The Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing, hosted by the Capital City Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board will be held Aug. 14-17 on Lake Murray in Columbia, S.C., and will offer the collegiate anglers the opportunity to compete for a top award of $500,000.

Coverage of the 2014 FLW College Fishing National Championship, will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on NBC Sports Network when “FLW” airs May 31 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET. The Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show is hosted by Jason Harper and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world.

College Fishing is free to enter. 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.

For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow College Fishing on Facebook at Facebook.com/FLWFishing and on Twitter at Twitter.com/FLWFishing. Visit CollegeFishing.com to sign up or to start a club at your school.

FLW is the industry’s premier tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2014 over the course of 229 tournaments across five tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sport’s richest payday and most coveted championship trophy – the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world. FLW is committed to providing a lifestyle experience that is the “Best in Fishing, On and Off the Water.” For more information about FLW visit FLWOutdoors.com and look for FLW on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube.



Source: PR Newswire

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