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FLW College Fishing Southern Conference Finale Set for Red River

by: Brian Johnson, FLW

(Sep 8, 2015 - NATCHITOCHES, LA.)  FLW College Fishing is headed to the Red River September 19 for the third and final regular-season tournament in the Southern Conference. A full field of college teams will be competing for a top award of $2,000 and a berth in the Southern Conference Championship tournament.
 
“The water has been muddy, so I know the fishing will be great for this tournament,” said Walmart FLW Tour legend Larry Nixon of Bee Branch, Arkansas, who posted a 5th place finish in the 2013 Forrest Wood Cup on the Red River.
 
“There are a couple of different patterns that will be popular,” said Nixon. “Anglers will be tackling bass on the main river and in the backwaters. I could see many of them fishing rocks, wood and jetties with Chartreuse-colored crankbaits and possibly even spinnerbaits and buzzbaits. This is the time of year when bass are feeding heavily on shad, so flipping main-river cattails using Pearl White-colored creature baits could also prove to be a good strategy.
 
“In the backwaters they’ll be looking for submerged, grassy points,” Nixon continued. “The water is much clearer so I could see a Carolina- or Texas-rigged worm doing really well. Competitors may also reach for jigs or buzzbaits, but there would need to be some lily pads in the area.
 
Nixon said he thinks a five-bass stringer nearing 19 pounds will be enough to take home top honors.
 
“It could take over 20 pounds, but someone would have to get really lucky,” said Nixon.
 
Anglers will take off from the Grand Ecore Recreation Area ramp, located at 1071 Tauzin Island Road in Natchitoches, at 7 a.m. CST Saturday. Weigh-in will be held at the landing beginning at 3 p.m. Takeoff and weigh-in are free and open to the public.
 
Schools are allowed to register up until the morning of the tournament. Entries may be made either by phone or at CollegeFishing.com. Schools currently registered to compete in the Red River tournament, which is hosted by the City of Natchitoches, include:
 
Baylor University – Denver Lawless and Connor Case, both of Waco, Texas
East Central University – Cain Brinlee, Allen, Okla., and Wyatt Ryan, Ada, Okla.
East Central University – Cash Roberts, Ardmore, Okla., and Keltyn Hendrix, Washington, Okla.
East Central University – Wyatt Smith, Depew, Okla., and Trevor Yates, Norman, Okla.
Harding University – Jacob Frawley, Nolensville, Tenn., and Brayden Shelby, Memphis, Tenn.
Henderson State University – Cobey Wingfield, Malvern, Ark., and Michael Gross, Gurdon, Ark.
Henderson State University – William Stone, Arkadelphia, Ark., and Theron Asbery, Grove, Okla.
Louisiana State University-Shreveport – Christian Brown, Pelican, La., and Jared Rascoe, Stonewall, La.
Louisiana Tech University – Dustin Browning, Jonesboro, La., and Christopher Vallillo, Ruston, La.
Louisiana Tech University – James Mathews, Ruston, La., and Adam Forester, Pineville, La.
Louisiana Tech University – Samuel Higgins, Anacoco, La., and Scott Mcclellan, Leesville, La.
Louisiana Tech University – Tyler Wilk, Manahawkin, N.J., and Brennan Soileau, Lake Charles, La.
McNeese State University – James Hovey, Joaquin, Texas, and Sean Leleaux, Welsh, La.
Northeastern State University – Devin Duncan and Dylan Duncan, both of Kansas, Okla.
Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College – Tristan Parks, Miami, Okla., and Sam Mitchell, Stuart, Okla.
Northwestern State University – Aaron Belgard and Logan LaPrarie, both of Deville, La.
Southeastern Oklahoma State University – Jonathan Furlong, Bixby, Okla., and Dwight Camp, Talihina, Okla.
Southern Arkansas University – Hunter Bruce, Paris, Texas, and Steven Self, Kirby, Ark.
Stephen F. Austin State University – Blake Schroeder, Cypress, Texas, and Alec Castonguay, Rockwall, Texas
Stephen F. Austin State University – Garret Whitley, Quinlan, Texas, and Clayton Godfrey, Texarkana, Texas
Stephen F. Austin State University – Tyler Woods, Mansfield, Texas, and Taylor Barton, Montgomery, Texas
Tarleton State University – Justin Seeton and Stetson Overton, both of Glen Rose, Texas
Tarleton State University – Marshall Hughes, Port Neches, Texas, and Tanner Crim, Devine, Texas
Texas A&M University – Evan Cook, La Porte, Texas, and Brennan Fertig, Medina, Texas
Texas A&M University-Galveston – Hugh Keller, Houston, Texas, and Garrett Goettee, Tomball, Texas
Texas A&M University-Texarkana – Jared Hunter, Texarkana, Texas, and Michael Moore, Antioch, Calif.
Texas A&M University-Texarkana – Justin Snow, Pittsburg, Kan., and Josh Cole, Texarkana, Texas
Texas Christian University – Brogan Cooper, Sacramento, Calif., and Joseph Sanderson, Fort Worth, Texas
Texas State University – Sam Stone, Austin, Texas, and David Cosner, San Jose, Calif.
University of Louisiana-Lafayette – Justin Mann, Lafayette, La., and Colby Drago, Livonia, La.
University of Louisiana-Lafayette – Neil Arnaud and Jed Hebert, both of Lafayette, La.
University of Louisiana-Lafayette – Ry Savory, Saint Martinville, La., and Dustin Robichaux, Houma, La.
University of Louisiana-Monroe – Slade Daniel, Haile, La., and Blake Alford, West Monroe, La.
 
FLW College Fishing teams compete in qualifying tournaments in one of five conferences – Central, Northern, Southern, Southeastern and Western. The top fifteen teams from each regular-season tournament will qualify for one of five Conference Championship tournaments. The top ten teams from each of the five Conference Championship tournaments will advance to the 2016 FLW College Fishing National Championship.
 
College Fishing is free to enter. All participants must be registered, full-time students at a college, university or community college and members of a fishing club recognized by their college or university.
 
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