Archive for September, 2010
Starting Thursday, October 7th, my partner Ross Richards and I, and fellow teammates Cody Herman and Nick Doring will begin fishing the second ever FLW College Fishing Western Regionals. We will travel down to Folsom on Tuesday, and be supplied boats from FLW to prefish for one day on Wednesday, one day before the tournament. This will be our second consecutive year participating in the regionals, earning a fourth place finish the year before. To read more about the tournament, see below. I will keep you updated.
“FLW College Fishing to host Western Regional Championship on Folsom Lake
Sacramento State to host FLW College Fishing Festival in conjunction with tourney
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – National Guard FLW College Fishing is headed to Folsom Lake Oct. 7-9 for the Western 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.
“Folsom is a small lake with a north and south river fork,” said FLW Tour pro Cody Meyer of Grass Valley, Calif., who is hot off a second place finish at the Forrest Wood Cup and a second place finish in the 2010 Western Division Angler of the Year race. “Most of the fish are going to come off the main lake, but the river forks will play a significant role in this tournament. There is definitely a huge population of fish in those river arms. This is a marathon not a sprint, and anglers are going to have to be patient and have several areas to go to.
“There are a lot of spotted bass in the lake, but you will see some mixed bags come to the scale,” Meyer went on to say. “If anglers stay in the main lake it is going to be a deep bite; 25 – 50 feet. I would look for deeper off-shore rock piles and drop-shot. The top water bite will be good early; I would go to one of the river arms and stay 20 feet or less. I believe it will take nine to 12 pounds per day to win.”
At this time of year water releases from Folsom Lake are typical. The young anglers are going to have to pay close attention to what is happening with the releases as they can make water levels in the lake fluctuate between two and three feet per day.
“Folsom Lake can be very finicky,” said pro Zack Thompson of Orinda, Calif. “It can fish hot one day and cold the next, especially if they are making releases. I think the key is going to be watching those water releases and being able to make adjustments.”
The fish should still be in their summer pattern,” Thompson added. “Water temperatures are going to be in the mid 70s. However, water is going to be cooler in the river arms.”
Anglers will take off from Folsom Lake Marina located at 661 Green Valley Road in El Dorado Hills, Calif., at 7 a.m. each morning. Weigh-ins will be held at Sacramento State Alumni Center, Lot 8. 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.
Sacramento State 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 Sacramento State Alumni Center, Lot 8 from 2 – 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Schools that have qualified and will be competing in the tournament are:
Arizona State University – Brandon Service, Tempe, Ariz. and Ryan Miller, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Arizona State University – Joseph Jarrell, Phoenix, Ariz. and Mark Walker, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Boise State – Jared Spickelmier, Boise, Idaho and Eric Danser, Emmett, Idaho
California Polytechnic State University – Scott Hellesen, and Damian Bean both of San Luis Obispo, Calif.
California Polytechnic State University – John Zeolla, Oak Park, Calif. and Joe Gardner, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
California State, Long Beach – Dane Christensen, Long Beach, Calif. and Alfredo Gutierrez, Inglewood, Calif.
Chico State – Parker Moran and Marshal Smith both of Chico, Calif.
Chico State – Frank Vogt, Chico, Calif., and Bastian Golladay, Walnut Creek, Calif.
Chico State – Thomas White, Fountain Valley, Calif. and Allison Shaw, Chico, Calif.
Fresno State – Nicholas Thao, Clovis, Calif. and Che Yang, Fresno, Calif.
Humboldt State University – Derrick Hicks and Jen Edgar both of Eureka, Calif.
Northern Arizona University – Nicole Albright and Brent Perkins both of Phoenix, Ariz.
Sacramento State – Robert Matsuura, Sacramento, Calif. and Peter Lee, Elk Grove, Calif.
San Jose State University – Tyler Swasey and Anthony Lee both of San Jose, Calif.
Sonoma State University – Luke Haley, Sebastopol, Calif. and Alex Christianson, Cotati, Calif.
University of California, Davis – Mark White, Fairfield, Calif. and Travis Goldman, Freedom, Calif.
University of Nevada, Reno – Seth Hofland, Spring Creek, Nev. and Ricky Nielsen, San Rafael, Calif.
University of Nevada, Reno – Brandon Murphy, Boulder City, Nev. and Justin Landerman, Reno, Nev.
University of Oregon – Cody Herman, Eugene, Ore. and Nick Doring, Mill Valley, Ore.
University of Oregon – Ross Richards and Reed Frazier both of Eugene, Ore.
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.”
On September 24th myself and fellow OBT members headed down to Phoenix, AZ to fish the FLW College Fishing qualifier tournament at Lake Roosevelt. Lake Roosevelt is located an hour and a half outside of Phoenix, with the closest town being Payson, AZ, just 45 miles north of the lake. Since I had previously qualified for the FLW College Fishing regional event after finishing fifth at the CA Delta event, I was fishing for a check. My usual partner Ross Richards did not fish the tournament and several new members of the University of Oregon bass team were able to attend.
We had followed the results and heard the dock talk about the fishing all week, knowing it was going to be tough and very hot at 105 degrees. I had previously fished the lake just over a year and a half ago in the Spring, bringing in a decent limit at the time and finishing 8th. I finished 8th once again, as my partner Jacob Bliss and I brought in three fish for 4-02. Going into the tournament we had few spots we felt comfortable with and knew we would have to grind to find the fish. Moments after hooking into my first fish and calling for the net, I quickly realized I was on my own, as Jacob had a fish of his own on the line. We brought the double to the boat, with his fish keeping and mine falling just short. The spot was fairly unique, a shallow flat on the backside of an island, protected from the wind with a solid mudline. We fished the area for several more hours, adding two more keepers, and watching as other boats came and went, unable to find the bite we were on. By 9:30, we still had our three fish and chose to make a move. Hoping to find another spot that would replicate our early success, we scanned the shore, and stopped at some places I had previously fished. By the end of the day we were only able to put two more shorts in the boat. It was very frustrating to not be able to put another keeper in the boat after starting off fairly well for the conditions.
The first place team, CSU Long Beach, won with only 7lbs 10 oz, not a bad limit for the week, but surely very attainable. Bass fishing is about preparation, on the water decisions and a little bit of luck, and I was not happy with the decisions I made before and after the tournament. With each tournament I can reflect and learn from my mistakes, making a better effort each and every time. With regionals just over a week away, there is no room for error and each and every day I will have time set aside to prepare as I start my final year of school at the University of Oregon and FLW College Fishing.
While on the water my roomate Nick Doring and Cody Herman got the call that they qualified for the 2010 FLW College Fishing Western Regionals. They will be the second team representing the University of Oregon at regionals, along with my partner Ross Richards and I. Check it out.