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    Sam Rayburn Reservoir (Feb. 26, 2012)

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    Louisiana Tech University wins College Fishing Southern Conference event on Sam Rayburn Reservoir

    The top-five team finishers at the FLW College Fishing Southern Conference event on Sam Rayburn Reservoir acknowledge the crowd shortly after weigh-in. (Photo by Diana Hunt)
    26.Feb.2012

    LUFKIN, Texas – The Louisiana Tech University team of Peyton Igo, Minden, La., and Matthew Loetscher, Many, La., won the National Guard FLW College Fishing Southern Conference event on Sam Rayburn Reservoir Sunday with five bass weighing 15 pounds, 8 ounces. The victory earned the team $5,000. The win also helped them advance to the Southern Conference Regional Championship.

    The Louisiana Tech University team of Peyton Igo and Matthew Loetscher took home first place at the FLW College Fishing Southern Conference event on Sam Rayburn Reservoir after recording a total catch of 15 pounds, 6 ounces. For their efforts, the team netted $5,000 in prize money.“We were targeting major spawning pockets,” said Loetscher, a sophomore in construction engineering. “We knew the fish were going to be scattered so our plan was to catch one fish at a time hoping to be able to find the spawning bass. We were able to find one pocket that really paid off for us today, it was a recently flooded bank with hay grass and we pretty much stayed there all day.

    “All of our bass were caught in less than 5 feet of water,” Loetscher continued. “We were using Carolina and Texas rigs with Zoom Speed Craws.”

    Under bluebird skies the bite on Sam Rayburn Reservoir was tougher than most of the young anglers anticipated. Both young men from Louisiana Tech University expected heavier sacks to cross the stage today. Igo indicated that going into the tournament they were anticipating it would take 20-pounds or more to even be in contention.

    “Things went pretty good for us today,” Igo, a sophomore in agriculture business said. “We were catching fish back and forth all morning and then Matthew got the first good fish and we started to breathe a little easier. I got my big one (a 7 ½ - pounder) shortly after and we knew we had a pretty good sack.

    “We didn’t think we really had enough to win going in,” Igo continued. “We were pretty nervous sitting in the hot seats after weighing-in second, but it held tough.”

    Rounding out the top five teams and also advancing to the Southern Regional Championship are:

    The University of Louisiana-Monroe team of Nick Ladart (left) and Brian Eaton took second place at the FLW College Fishing Southern Conference event on Sam Rayburn Reservoir. The duo parlayed a total catch of 13 pounds, 8 ounces into $1,500 in winnings.2nd: University of Louisiana – Monroe – Brian Eaton and Nick Ladart, both of Monroe, La. (five bass, 13-8, $1,500)

    3rd: Central Arkansas – Robert Bartoszek, Conway, Ark., and Justin Harrell, Mayflower, Ark. (five bass, 12-11, $1,000)

    4th: Stephen F. Austin – Kyle Turner, Tyler, Texas, and Robert ‘Blaze’ Platt, Azle, Texas (five bass, 10-3, $1,000)

    5th: University of Louisiana – Lafayette – Neil Arnaud, Lafayette, La., and Cody McCrary, Baton Rouge, La. (five bass, 9-10, $1,000)

    The top five teams from each tournament qualify for the regional championship where the first-place team will win a Ranger 177TR bass boat with a 90-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard wrapped in school colors for their fishing club. The top five teams from each regional tournament advance to the national championship.

    The Central Arkansas team of Robert Bartoszek and Justin Harrell took third place at the FLW College Fishing Southern Conference event on Sam Rayburn Reservoir. The team landed a total catch of 12 pounds, 11 ounces to net $1,000 in winnings.College Fishing is free to enter and FLW 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.

    The next National Guard FLW College Southern Conference tournament is scheduled for April 1 at Eufaula Lake in Eufaula, Okla.

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    The Stephen F. Austin team of Kyle Turner and Robert ‘Blaze’ Platt took fourth place at the FLW College Fishing Southern Conference event on Sam Rayburn Reservoir. The team used a catch of 10 pounds, 3 ounces to win $1,000 in prize money.FLW is the industry’s premier tournament-fishing organization, providing unparalleled fishing resources and entertainment to our sponsors, fans and host communities. FLW is offering anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2012 over the course of 191 tournaments across five tournament circuits, each providing an avenue to the sport’s richest payday and most coveted championship trophy – the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW is committed to providing a lifestyle experience that is the “Best in Fishing, On and Off the Water,” through a variety of platforms including tournaments, outdoor expos and the world’s richest fantasy sports game – FLW Fantasy Fishing. For more information about FLW and FLW Fantasy Fishing, visit FLWOutdoors.com or FantasyFishing.com and look for FLW on Twitter and Facebook.




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