UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS-TYLER WINS COLLEGE FISHING SOUTHERN CONFERENCE EVENT ON TOLEDO BEND
FLW press release
MANY, La. (June 2, 2012) – The University of Texas-Tyler team of Charlie Brown and
Matthew McClellan, won the National Guard FLW College Fishing Southern Conference
event on Toledo Bend Saturday with four bass weighing 15 pounds, 4 ounces. The
victory earned the team $5,000. The win also helped them advance to the Southern
“We didn’t get our first fish until after 11 a.m.,” said McClellan, a senior
majoring in Kinesiology. “We had a pretty good practice and with wind were able to
find fish in shallow grassy points. The wind was blowing about 15-20 miles per hour
this morning so we decided to start shallow. We made about a 10 mile run and at 10
when we didn’t have a bite we decided to move to a location closer to the launch
site. By 10:30 we still didn’t have a bite so we decided to go deep.
“We had graphed a location that was full of concrete and brush about 10 to 12 feet
deep,” McClellan continued. “At 11:00 we finally caught our first keeper, it was
over 6-pounds! We then got a 4-pounder followed by a 1 ½-pounder and the last fish
we caught was a 4-pounder all within 45 minutes. We just ran out of time I think
if we would have gotten to this spot earlier we would have caught our limit and
could have easily gotten a 20 pound sack.
“Once we moved deep we switched to a football head jig. You really needed something
that you could feel the bottom.”
This was the first year the pair of seniors from the University of Texas – Tyler
fished together as a team. Finishing in the top-10 in the previous three Southern
Conference events, McClellan and Brown missed making the top-five cut by ounces to
qualify for the southern conference championship making this victory even sweeter.
“Toledo Bend is renowned for fishing deep,” said Brown a senior finance major. “I
knew the tournament couldn’t be won shallow, but with the wind and cloud cover this
morning we thought the bass would be feeding off the shallow banks so decided to
start on grassy humps with swim jigs and frogs. By mid morning we decided that
clearly wasn’t working so decided to go deep.
“The bite was really slow,” Brown continued. “You really had to fish very slow and
methodically. But, like Matthew said, I think if we would have gone to our deep
spot a little earlier we would have had a huge sack, we just didn’t have enough
time there to get it today.
Brown who will celebrate his birthday tomorrow said of their victory that this was
an early present for him.
Rounding out the top five teams and also advancing to the Southern Conference
2nd: Angelo State – Josh Seale and Ethan George, 12-14, $1,500
3rd: Arkansas Tech University – Reagan Moore and Evan Barnes, 10-11, $1,000
4th: Lamar University – Danny Iles and Justin Royal, 10-5, $1,000
5th: Louisiana State University-Shreveport – Joseph Landry and Gavin Havard,
Complete results can be found at FLWOutdoors.com.
Four regular-season qualifying events are held in each conference – Central,
Northern, Southeastern, Southern and Western. The top five teams from each
qualifying tournament will advance to one of five televised three-day National
Guard FLW College Fishing Conference Championships, where the first-place team wins
a Ranger 177TR bass boat with a 90-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard. The top
five teams from each conference championship advance to the national championship.
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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.
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