NACOGDOCHES, Texas – National Guard FLW College Fishing is headed to Sam Rayburn Reservoir Oct. 28-30 for the Texas Regional Championship. Twenty pre-qualified collegiate teams will be competing for a top award of $50,000 to be split evenly between the school and bass fishing club.
Anglers will take off from Cassels-Boykin Park located at FM Road 3123 in Zavalla, Texas, at 7:30 a.m. each morning. Weigh-ins will be held at Stephen F. Austin State University – Homer Bryce Stadium. Thursday and Friday’s weigh-ins will begin at 4 p.m. and Saturday’s final weigh-in will begin at 5 p.m. Takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public.
Stephen F. Austin State University will also be hosting a College Fishing Festival throughout the three-day tournament. Students and fishing fans alike will be treated to live music, the National Guard Warrior Challenge, a Ranger Boat simulator, tailgate games, a sports zone along with contests for cash and several prize give-aways. The festival will take place at Stephen F. Austin State University – Homer Bryce Stadium from 2-4 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday.
A National Guard Soldier Appreciation Tournament will also be held Saturday. Takeoff will be at 8 a.m. at Cassels-Boykin Park and weigh-in will be at 1:30 p.m. at Homer Bryce Stadium.
Schools that have qualified and will be competing in the tournament are:
Angelo State – Josh Seale, Beckenridge, Texas, and Austin Adcock, Leander, Texas
Baylor University – Brian Bauer, Waco, Texas, and Joseph Garland, West, Texas
Lamar University – Justin Royal, Vidor, Texas, and Troy Luce, Beaumont, Texas
Lamar University – Matt Morrison, Silsbee, Texas, and Danny Iles, Hemphill, Texas
LSU – Blake Carrier, Baton Rouge, La., and Logan Mount, Leesville, La.
LSU – Douglas McClung, Gramercy, La., and Travis Laurent, Gonzales, La.
LSU-Shreveport – Zach Caudle, Shreveport, La., and Joe Landry, Shreveport, La.
Oklahoma State University – Nathan Gonsoulin, Stillwater, Okla., and Tripp Elliott, Stillwater, Okla.
Rice University – Trey Briggs, Houston, Texas, and Taylor McHargue, Round Rock, Texas
Stephen F. Austin – Blaze Platt, Weatherford, Texas, and Ryan Watkins, Nacogdoches, Texas
Tarleton State Texas – Derek Doyle, Stephenville, Texas, and Seth Peugh, Grandview, Texas
Texas A&M-Kingsville – Cody Burell, Uvalde, Texas, and Jerod Hawkes, Sabinal, Texas
Texas A&M – Kyle Bates, Missouri City, Texas, and David Doonan, Caldwell, Texas
Texas A&M – Paul Manley, College Station, Texas, and Andrew Shafer, Bryan, Texas
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – Jacob Heath and Kennedy Schwartzburg, both of Corpus Christi, Texas
U. Of Louisiana-Lafayette – Cody McCrary, Baton Rouge, La., and Neil Arnaud, Carencro, La.
University Of North Texas – Zach Sears, Corinth, Texas, and Brandon Dickenson, Flower Mound, Texas
University Of Oklahoma – Mark Johnson, Henryetta, Okla., and Chip Porche, Bixby, Okla.
University Of Oklahoma – Paul Muzljakovich, Wagoner, Okla., and Brian Snellen, Moore, Okla.
University Of Texas-Tyler – Matthew McClellan, Tyler, Texas, and Tyler Fisher, Flint, Texas
The top five teams from each regional advance to the national championship where the first-place team will win $100,000 with $50,000 of that for their school and $25,000 cash and a Ranger 177TR bass boat for their fishing club.
FLW Outdoors 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.
About FLW Outdoors
FLW Outdoors, named after Forrest L. Wood, the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, is the largest fishing tournament organization in the world offering anglers worldwide the opportunity to compete for millions over the course of 189 tournaments in 2010. FLW Outdoors has also taken fishing mainstream with FLW Fantasy Fishing awarding the largest prizes in the history of fantasy sports. FLW Outdoors memberships are available featuring numerous benefits including Player’s Advantage. For more information about FLW Outdoors and its tournaments, call (270) 252-1000. For more information about FLW Fantasy Fishing, visit FantasyFishing.com.