The Lamar University team of Matt Morrison of Silsbee, Texas, and Danny Iles of Hemphill, Texas, hold the lead after day two at the National Guard FLW College Fishing Texas Division Regional Championship on Sam Rayburn Reservoir after a day two six-bass catch weighing 21 pounds even for a two-day total of 38-14. The team has a solid 6-pound, 2-ounce lead over the University Of Texas–Tyler team of Matthew McClellan, of Tyler, Texas, and Tyler Fisher, of Flint, Texas, going into the final day of competition where they are competing for a top prize of $50,000. Both of the teams have now qualified for the National Championship.
"About 12:30 or so the wind started laying up and we got to run to a place wed been wanting to fish and Matt caught one right at 5 pounds," Iles said. "We basically junk fished all day and caught two fish on a crankbait late in the day."
Iles said the team fished a creek channel in 15 to 16 feet of water in the main lake and tried to fish a sweet spot for large keeper bass. Iles said a ½-ounce Falcon Lures spinnerbait with Indiana blades and the crankbait were key baits on the second day of competition.
We didnt have any reason to change, Iles said. They really bit the spinnerbait good.
Morrison credited the lack of wind later in the day as a critical factor in their weight. On the first day of competition the team had difficulty achieving the proper casting angle because of high winds.
Danny keeps the boat positioned how it needs to be positioned, and I think that was the main thing, Morrison said.
Rounding out the top five teams, who also qualified for the National Championship, are:
3rd: Stephen F. Austin - Blaze Platt, Weatherford, Texas, and Ryan Watkins, Nacogdoches, Texas, 30-14
4th: Texas A&M - Paul Manley, College Station, Texas, and Andrew Shafer, Bryan, Texas, 28-2
5th: LSU-Shreveport - Zach Caudle, Shreveport, La., and Joe Landry, Shreveport, La., 27-0
Each school team represented in the televised regional championship have team shirts and boats provided by Ranger. The purse for each regional championship includes a Ranger 177TR with a 90-horsepower Evinrude or Yamaha outboard wrapped in school colors for the winning club and $25,000 for the school they represent. Awards of $6,000 extend through fifth place for the club and school to split evenly.
Anglers will take off from Cassels-Boykin Park located at FM Road 3123 in Zavalla, Texas, at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Saturdays final weigh-in will begin at 5 p.m. at Stephen F. Austin State University - Homer Bryce Stadium. Takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public.
Stephen F. Austin State University will also be hosting a College Fishing Festival the final day of competition. 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 11 a.m.–2 p.m. on Saturday.
The top five teams from each regional championship, 25 teams total, will advance to the 2011 National Guard FLW College Fishing National Championship that will be hosted by Murray State University on Kentucky Lake, April 7-9, 2011. The National Championship is a three-day televised event. Teams will be provided jerseys and wrapped Ranger boats towed by Chevy trucks for this competition. 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 along with a berth in the 2011 Forrest Wood Cup.
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.
Coverage of the National Guard FLW College Fishing Texas Division Regional Championship tournament on Sam Rayburn will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on VERSUS. "FLW Outdoors", and will air Dec. 5 from 1 to 2 ET. "FLW Outdoors," is hosted by Jason Harper, and is broadcast to approximately 500 million households worldwide.
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