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    College Fishing readies for Carlyle Lake

    Carlyle Lake will host the April 26 College Fishing Central Conference tournament. (Photo by Kyle Wood)
    Second Central Conference tournament slated for April 26

    CARLYLE, Ill. – FLW College Fishing is headed to Carlyle Lake April 26 for the second Central Conference tournament of the season. Up to 50 college teams will be competing for a top award of $2,000 and a berth in the 2014 Central Conference Invitational.

    “The lake has really rebounded over the last five years,” said FLW Tour pro Travis Loyd. “It’s a great fishery with a very strong population of largemouth in it.

    “Carlyle Lake is a unique lake,” continued the Illinois pro. “The north end is filled with stumps from prior standing timber. It’s a fairly shallow lake and the tournament will definitely be won in less than 6 feet of water.

    “The fish will be shallow. If the water will stabilize and clear up a bit it could be won in the north end. The south end of the lake has a lot of great pockets in it and there’s a lot of rip rap and rocks. This time of year it’s notorious for a crankbait bite on the rocks.”

    Loyd went on to say that he expected many of the fish to be spawning around the lake’s abundant shallow cover either in pockets in the south end of the lake or around the timber in the north end. He also cautioned the collegiate anglers to take care when navigating the north end due to the treacherous nature of the timber.

    “I would think that some team will bring in over 20 pounds to win,” said Loyd. “A jig, a tube, and most definitely a spinnerbait and a ChatterBait will be good this time of year.”

    Anglers will take off from Dam West located at 801 Lake Road in Carlyle 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 is free and open to the public.

    Schools competing in the Carlyle Lake tournament include:

    Ball State University – Shane Missi, Floyds Knobs, Ind., and Quintin Zornes, Nashville, Ind.

    Bradley University – Peter Schmeling, Rockford, Ill., and Zach Cline, Farmington, Ill.

    Central Christian College – Blake Fryer, Broken Arrow, Okla., Brady Sherman, McPherson, Kan.

    Eastern Illinois University – Cody Hartke, Effingham, Ill., and Tryler Brandenburg, Mattoon, Ill.

    Eastern Kentucky University – Kyle Raymer, Brandenburg, Ky., and Ethan Snyder, Vine Grove, Ky.

    Georgetown College – Mike Huff, Corbin, Ky., and John Hunter, Georgetown, Ky.

    Greenville College – David Weyer, Canton, Ill., and Trey Gibson, Trenton, Ill.

    Illinois State University – Bryce Wegman, Normal, Ill., and Anthony Cancelli, Mundelein, Ill.

    Indiana State University – Zac Niehaus, Bazil, Ind., and Robert Nero, Carlisle, Ind.

    Indiana University – Derrick Hoffman, South Elgin, Ill., and Brody McWilliams, Greenwood, Ind.

    Iowa State University – McKinley Geiger, Ames, Iowa, and Shane Weinberg, Plainfield, Iowa

    Indiana University/Purdue University-Indianapolis – Thomas Spandau, Martinsville, Ind., and Caleb Taylor, Zionsville, Ind.

    Kansas State University – Nathen Kozlowski, Junction City, Kan., and Brandon Patterson, Manhattan, Kan.

    Lindsey Wilson College – Matthew Mattingly, Gravel Switch, Ky., and Clayton Bradshaw, Columbia, Ky.

    McKendree University – Dustin Pendegraft, Summerfield, Ill., and Phillip Germagliotti, Highland, Ill.

    Milwaukee School of Engineering – Marshall Sandretto, Winthrop Harbor, Ill., and Zach Regnier, Plum City, Wis.

    Missouri State University – Kyle Doherty, Chesterfield, Mo., and Nick King, St. Louis, Mo.

    Missouri University of Science and Technology – William Kleine, St. Charles, Mo., and Drew Schrader, Troy, Mo.

    Murray State University – Cody Santel, Petersburg, Ill., and Justin Berger, Freeburg, Ill.

    Northern Illinois University – Derek Malanowski, Woodridge, Ill., and Chris Kosior, Palos Hills, Ill.

    Northern Kentucky University – Zach Dressman, Morning View, Ky., and Brandon Houston, Burlington, Ky.

    Northwest Missouri State University – Andrew Nordbye, St. Joseph, Mo., and Adam Almohtadi, Blue Springs, Mo.

    Purdue University – Dylan Catlett, Indianapolis, Ind., Garrett Vankirk, Ferdinand, Ind.

    Purdue University-Fort Wayne – Parker Watts and Joseph Sittler, both of Fort Wayne, Ind.

    Southern Illinois University – Jordan Smith, Millstadt, Ill., and Stephen Farley, Metropolis, Ill.

    Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville – Zach Hartnagel, Edwardsville, Ill., and Colten Hunter, Brownstown, Ill.

    Southeast Missouri State – Mark Chowning and Russell Vandiver, both of Cape Girardeau, Mo.

    St. Ambrose University – Kyle Gates, Decatur, Ill., and Ted Lowery, Oak Lawn, Ill.

    St. Cloud State University – Brandon Donovan, White Bear Lake, Minn., and Tyler Gromberg, St. Cloud, Minn.

    University of Central Missouri – Mathew Siebert, Springfield, Ill., and Mitchell Armstrong, Branson, Mo.

    University of Evansville – Nick Uebelhor and Eric Kieffner both of Jasper, Ind.

    University of Iowa – Max Mercer, Burlington, Iowa, and Keaton Williams, Fort Dodge, Iowa

    University of Kentucky – Marty Ballard, Winchester, Ky., and Trevor Howard, Florence, Ky.

    University of Louisville – Scott Davis, Pleasureville, Ky., and Wade Brown, Lanesville, Ind.

    University of Minnesota-Duluth – Mark Shirley, St. Cloud, Minn., and Ian Walesch, Sartell, Minn.

    University of Missouri – Ben Verhoef, Osage Beach, Mo., and Christian Ponzetti, Excelsior, Minn.

    University of Nebraska – Everett Ridderbos and Sean Mulholland, both of Lincoln, Neb.

    University of Nebraska-Omaha – Ben Kroeger, Omaha, Neb., and Ben Milliken, Bennington, Neb.

    University of Notre Dame – Dominic Boyer, Sioux Falls, S.D., and Buchanan Bourdon, Niles, Mich.

    University of St. Thomas – Bryan Billeadeau, Circle Pines, Minn., and Michaela Anderson, Lino Lakes, Minn.

    University of Wisconsin – Tanner Blaschka and Josh Pagel, both of Wausau, Wis.

    University of Wisconsin-La Crosse – Sig Finley, Wonder Lake, Ill., and Pat Bowers, Hudson, Wis.

    University of Wisconsin-Platteville – Brett Daggett, Cottage Grove, Wis., and Ryan Gilbert, Sterling, Ill.

    University of Wisconsin-Platteville – Evan Chambers, St. Charles, Ill., and Jacob Clisch, Reedsburg, Wis.

    University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point – Samuel Hempel, Franklin, Wis., and Jordan Meddaugh, Bancroft, Wis.

    University of Wisconsin-Whitewater – Tyler Zimmerman, Roscoe, Ill., and Andrew Mlotek, Naperville, Ill.

    Western Illinois University – Craig Wise, Cary, Ill., and Richard Rappley, Macomb, Ill.

    Winona State University – Cade Laufenberg, Stoddard, Wis., and Alex Welter, Winona, Minn.

    Western Kentucky University – Stephen Compton, Brandenburg, Ky., and Ryan Coleman, Utica, Ky.

    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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