RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – FLW College Fishing is headed to Lake Dardanelle July 26 for the final regular-season stop in the Southern Conference. Up to 50 college teams will be competing for a top award of $2,000 and a berth in the Southern Conference Invitational tournament.
“We’ve had quite a bit of rain lately so there will definitely be a shallow and a deep bite,” said 3M ScotchBlue Tape pro Ray Scheide of Dover, Ark., a six-time Forrest Wood Cup qualifier. “The lake is fishing as good or better than it ever has and it is really in good shape.”
Scheide said that college anglers would be able to find fish shallow around milfoil as well as around the lake’s offshore ledges.
“Whatever your strengths are you can fish them here and you can win a variety of ways. My advice would be to come here and fish your strengths. There are ledges and lots of backwaters and almost everything else.
“For shallow water, power-fishing with a ChatterBait, a topwater frog, something on a big flipping stick or shallow cranking would be the way to go,” said Scheide. “For the deep stuff, standard football jigs, crankbaits and big worms do well.
“My favorite way in the world to fish is to catch bass on topwater baits,” said Scheide. “You can have a blast with a Heddon Zara Spook over the milfoil or a topwater frog in the pads. Those could absolutely be ways to win.
“Right now it is taking 22 to 24 pounds to win a one day event,” finished Scheide. “Dardanelle isn’t like Kentucky Lake where 100th place has 15 pounds, but you can put a hurting on them quickly if you find the right school.”
Anglers will take off from Lake Dardanelle State Park located at 2428 Marina Road in Russellville at 6:30 a.m. Weigh-in will be held at the takeoff location starting at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. Takeoff and weigh-in are free and open to the public.
Schools competing in the Lake Dardanelle tournament which is hosted by Russellville Advertising & Promotions, include:
Angelo State University – Logan Clark and Matthew Freeman, both of San Angelo, Texas
Arkansas State University-Jonesboro – Corbett Courtnet and Tim Rush, both of Batesville, Ark.
Arkansas State University-Jonesboro – Tyler Gaskin, Wynne, Ark., and Dail Baldwin, Jonesboro, Ark.
Baylor University – Denver Lawless, McGregor, Texas, and Reid Carlisle, Waco, Texas
Baylor University – Tyler Torwick, Waco, Texas, and Connor Case, Plano, Texas
Colorado State University – Michael Harpell and Chris Sabina, both of Fort Collins, Colo.
East Central University – Tanner Masters and Wyatt Ryan, both of Ada, Okla.
Lamar University – Josh Bowie, Port Neches, Texas, and Brandon Simoneaux, Bridge City, La.
Lamar University – Justin Royal, Vidor, Texas, and Cameron LaFleur, Orange, Texas
Louisiana Tech University – Matthew Loetscher, Many, La., and Caleb Boudreaux, Doyline, La.
Louisiana State University – Dane Lecoq and Brennan Vosburg, both of Morganza, La.
Louisiana State University-Shreveport – James Kimbrough, Bossier City, La., and Jared Rascoe, Stonewall, La.
New Mexico State University – Nicholas DiCamillo and Jesse Wilkinson, both of Las Cruces, N.M.
New Mexico State University – Tanner Cooper and Memo Nunez, both of Las Cruces, N.M.
Nicholls State University – Colby Pujol and Tyler Simoneaux, both of Napoleonville, La.
Northeastern State University-Tahlequah – Donald Hart and Natalie Hatley, both of Hulbert, Okla.
Northeastern State University-Tahlequah – Dylan Duncan and Kyrston Dozier, Kansas, Okla.
Northwestern State University – Justin Cooper, Pelican, La., and John Ledet, Robeline, La.
Northwestern State University – Robert LaFitte, Many, La., Steven Session, Natchitoches, La.
Southeastern Oklahoma University – Jonathan Furlong, Bixby, Okla., and Dwight Camp, Talihina, Okla.
Southern Arkansas University – Brette Pitard, El Dorado, Ark., and Matthew Underwood, Magnolia, Ark.
Southern Arkansas University – Kevin Roberts and Melissa Day, both of Magnolia, Ark.
Stephen F. Austin State University – Blake Schroeder, Cypress, Texas, and Jordan Lane, North Richland Hills, Texas
Stephen F. Austin State University – Justin Marcum, Nacogdoches, Texas, and Alec Castonguay, Rockwall, Texas
Tarleton State University-Stephenville – James McCaleb, Stephenville, Texas, and Colt Farris, Crowley, Texas
Tarleton State University-Stephenville – Zach Ziober, Grapevine, Texas, and Preston Walling, Stephenville, Texas
Texas A&M – Brennan Fertig, Sunrise Beach, Texas, and Luke Domas, Orange, Texas
Texas A&M – Tyler Bradfield, College Station, Texas, and Reid O’Conner, Cypress, Texas
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – Logan Jones and Derek Mangold, both of Corpus Christi, Texas
Texas A&M-Galveston – Garrett Goettee, Tomball, Texas, and Hugh Keller, Houston, Texas
Texas A&M-Kingsville – Cody Garrett, Kingsville, Texas, and Evan Blott, Tomball, Texas
Texas A&M-Texarkana – Justin Snow, Nash, Texas, and Caleb Young, Maud, Texas
Texas Christian University – Austin Tucker and Dustin Jones, both of Fort Worth, Texas
Texas State University – Andrew Jackson and Justin Chambers, both of San Marcos, Texas
Texas Tech University – Joseph Smith and Layne Bynum, both of Lubbock, Texas
University of Arkansas – Drew Porto and Kenneth Anderson, both of Fayetteville, Ark.
University of Arkansas – Sam Horn, Fort Smith, Ark., and Jonny Schultz, Maumelle, Ark.
University of Arkansas-Little Rock – Zachary Rollings, Mabelvale, Ark., and Tyler Hamby, Little Rock, Ark.
University of Arkansas-Monticello – Richard Harris and Timothy Smith, both of Monticello, Ark.
University of Central Oklahoma – Zach Holliday, Yukon, Okla., and Chris Zins, Oklahoma City, Okla.
University of Louisiana-Lafayette – Neil Arnaud, Carencro, La., and Cody McCrary, Baton Rouge, La.
University of Louisiana-Lafayette – Ry Savoy, St. Martinsville, La., and Dustin Robichaux, Lafayette, La.
University of Louisiana-Monroe – Tyler Craig, Frierson, La., and Jackson Blackett, Monroe, La.
University of Louisiana-Monroe – Brian Eaton and Nick LaDart, both of Monroe, La.
University of North Texas – Sean Watson, Rowlett, Texas, and Michael Worley, Bedford, Texas
University of Oklahoma – Caleb Masters, Bixby, Okla., and Landon Dixon, Hinton, Okla.
University of Oklahoma – Jonathan Haines, Tulsa, Okla., and Alex Edgeman, The Woodlands, Texas
University of Texas-Arlington – Jacob Britt, Forney, Texas, and Jordan Jarrett, Mansfield, Texas
FLW College Fishing teams compete in three qualifying events in one of five conferences – Central, Northern, Southern, Southeastern and Western. The top 15 teams from each regular-season tournament will qualify for one of five conference invitational tournaments. The top 10 teams from each conference invitational tournament will advance to the 2015 FLW College Fishing National Championship.
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.
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