DEL RIO, Texas – National Guard FLW College Fishing is headed to Lake Amistad Feb. 4 for the first of four stops in the South Conference. Forty college teams will be competing for a top award of $5,000 and a berth in the South Regional Championship tournament.
“Fishing has actually been pretty good on Amistad,” said FLW pro Jason Reyes of Huffman, Texas. “We’ve been going through a big warming trend down here and it’s been unseasonably warm. The water is very clear, and the fish are most likely going to be in a spawn mode.
“Senkos and swimbaits are going to be big,” Reyes went on to say. “And I think the Alabama rig is going to be a big player too. I would definitely be sight fishing due to the warmer weather. The water there is probably going to get over 60 degrees, and with the moon phase lining up as it is, the bass will probably be in 20 feet of water or less. I’d say we’re going to probably see some big bags, and it’s going to take around 25 pounds to win this tournament.
“My advice to the college kids would be to fish slow, but at the same time very thoroughly,” Reyes continued. “Take your time, and don’t get in a hurry. The lake is full of big fish. It has gotten a lot less pressure on it now that Falcon (Lake) is taking off. Amistad has kind of taken a back seat, but it’s a great lake and is still full of big ones.”
Anglers will take off from the East Diablo Launch Ramp located at Highway 90 West HCR 3 in Del Rio, Texas, at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Weigh-in will be held at the East Diablo Launch Ramp beginning at 1:30 p.m. Takeoff and weigh-in are free and open to the public.
Schools competing in the Lake Amistad tournament, which is hosted by the Del Rio Chamber of Commerce, include:
Angelo State – Josh Seale, Breckenridge, Texas, and Ryan Ward, Big Spring, Texas
Arkansas Tech University – Evan Barnes, Casa, Ark., and Reagan Moore, Dierks, Ark.
Baylor University – Joseph Garland, West, Texas, and Ian Sudduth, Waco, Texas
Central Arkansas – Robert Bartoszek, Conway, Ark., and Justin Harrell, Mayflower, Ark.
Dallas Baptist University – Trent Newman, Midlothian, Texas, and Jacob Sepeda, Roby, Texas
Hardin-Simmons University – Hubbell Allen, Graham, Texas, and Randy Sullivan, Woodson, Texas
Harding University – Trent Johnson, Harrison, Ark., and Ryan Miller, Searcy, Ark.
Henderson State – Matt Harper, Jessieville, Ark., and William Reeder, Sweeny, Texas
Lamar University – Danny Iles, Hemphill, Texas, and Justin Royal, Vidor, Texas
Louisiana State University – Brett Matherne, and Rhine Perrin, both of Westwego, La.
Louisiana State University – Douglas McClung, Gramercy, La. and Logan Mount, Leesville, La.
Louisiana State University-Shreveport – Gavin Havard, Haughton, La., and Joseph Landry, West Monroe, La.
Louisiana Tech University – Peyton Igo, Minden, La., and Dalton Tam, Deville, La.
New Mexico State University – Tanner Cooper, Farmington, N.M., and Nicholas DiCamillo, Las Cruces, N.M.
Northeastern State University-Broken Arrow – Rod Green, Tahlequah, Okla., and Jimmy Phillips, Wagner, Okla.
Northeastern State University-Tahlequah – Cale Fulps, and Robert Nicka, both of Broken Arrow, Okla.
Oklahoma State University – Tripp Elliot, Fredericksburg, Texas, and Chuck Major, Tulsa, Okla.
Oral Roberts University – Zach Vankeulen, Overland Park, Kan., and Jonathan Williamson, Rocky Point, N.C.
Sam Houston State – Jason Gunter, Conroe, Texas, and Wilson Sartain, Kennard, Texas
Southeastern Louisiana University – Andrew Cavell, and Billy Smith III, both of Baton Rouge, La.
Southeastern Oklahoma University – Spencer Barnett, Broken Arrow, Okla. and Wes Davis, Ardmore, Okla.
Southern Arkansas University – Dylan Leverett, and James McFadin, both of Heath, Texas
Southwestern Oklahoma State University – Nathan Colwell, Adair, Okla., and Shane McGlothlin, Anadarko, Okla.
Stephen F. Austin – Colby McClary, Sugar Land, Texas, and Eric Warner, Boyd, Texas
Tarleton State-Stephenville – Colt Farris, Crowley, Texas, and Zack Jones, Rockwall, Texas
Texas A&M – Josh Haddox, Nacogdoches, Texas, and Timothy Temple, Bryan, Texas
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – Derek Mangold, Castroville, Texas, and Jonathan Voitle, Magnolia, Texas
Texas A&M-Kingsville – Cody Burell, Uvalde, Texas, and Will Watson, Kingsville, Texas
Texas State University – Jared Brown, San Marcos, Texas, and David Cosner, Austin, Texas
University of Arkansas-Fayetteville – Jared Kennemer, Fayetteville, Ark., and Paul LaFleur, Benton, Ark.
University of Arkansas-Little Rock – Trent Gephardt, Bryant, Ark., and Jeremy Hall, Benton, Ark.
University of Louisiana-Lafayette – Neil Arnaud, Lafayette, La., and Cody McCrary, Baton Rouge, La.
University of Louisiana-Monroe – Brian Eaton, and Nick Ladart, both of Monroe, La.
University of North Texas – Jesse Chambers, and Sean Watson, both of Denton, Texas
University of Oklahoma – Paul Muzijakovich, Wagoner, Okla., and Tyler Nipper, Tahlequah, Okla.
University of Texas – Brandon Absher, Moulton, Texas, and Taylor Sullivan, Corpus Christi, Texas
University of Texas-Arlington – Todd Fontenot, Waco, Texas, and Mason Holmes, Tyler, Texas
University of Texas-Dallas – Adam Hemphill, Baytown, Texas, and Dan Nguyen, Plano, Texas
University of Texas-San Antonio – Joey Mendez, Austin, Texas, and Flavio Robles, Laredo, Texas
University of Texas-Tyler – Cameron Frowick, and Matthew McClellan, both of Tyler, Texas
FLW College Fishing teams compete in four qualifying events in one of five conferences – Central, North, South, Southeast and West. The top five teams from each regular-season tournament will qualify for one of five regional championships. The top five teams from each regional championship will advance to the national championship.
College Fishing is free to enter and 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.
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