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Texas Tech Bass Fishing Team Grabs Lead In Bassmaster College Regional

by: JamieDay Matthews,

Layne Bynum (right) and Travis McGuire of Texas Tech University take the lead on Day 2 of the Carhartt Bassmaster College Central Regional after catching 28 lbs, 10 ozs for a two-day total weight of 41-8.
Photo by Ronnie Moore/Bassmaster
(Jan 27, 2017 - Lufkin, TX)

Travis McGuire and Layne Bynum of Texas Tech University brought a huge limit of five bass weighing 28 pounds, 10 ounces to the scales today and jumped into the lead of the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Central Regional presented by Bass Pro Shops on Sam Rayburn Reservoir.
 
The Texas Tech anglers cashed in with a major bounce-back effort after struggling on Thursday. The teammates only managed 12-14 on the first day, but they stuck with their instincts and probed a deep-water spot for the biggest catch of the event so far.
 
McGuire and Bynum utilized a 10-2 trophy largemouth to anchor their catch, which also featured another big bass in the 8-pound range. Those two giants dwarfed the trio of 3-pounders that completed their limit, but big bites like those are crucial on a fishery like Sam Rayburn.
 
“We didn’t do a single thing different than on Thursday,” McGuire said. “I think the cold front that came through gave our big fish ‘lockjaw,’ but they bit today and that’s what matters.”
 
The pair knew they were in the right place, however, because they could see the bigger bass on their sonar screens, even though they couldn’t get them to bite the first day. The spot they’re fishing isn’t on any standard mapping system, but rather an area that McGuire found years ago fishing another tournament. This week they checked the area and after getting an 8-pound bite in practice, they knew big bass still lived there.
 
The Red Raider teammates caught plenty of fish throughout the day, but there were evident spurts where the catching turned on.
 
“We caught the 10-pounder this morning and then we caught a 4-pounder,” Bynum said. “Then we went about two to three hours without a fish. We filled our limit with ‘average’ keepers and then caught the 8-pounder near the end of the day.”
 
The University of Louisiana-Lafayette also vaulted up the leaderboard with 26 pounds, 13 ounces on Friday and jumped from 40th place into second. With only four bass the first day, it seemed that all was lost for Lawrence Kuznik and Dakota Moore, but they scrapped their gameplan and fished deeper to charge into the runner-up position.
 
“We were fishing shallow in practice, and the temperature dropped 5 degrees from the end of practice to the first day of competition on Thursday,” Moore said. “I think it pushed our bass out deeper somewhere. We went to a new area at the end of Thursday and caught enough to have confidence today.”
 
The Ragin’ Cajun anglers caught bass throughout the day. Adjusting to the current weather conditions helped Kuznik and Moore stay in the vicinity of heavyweight bass.
 
Thursday's leaders Tyler Craig and Spencer Lambert of the University of Louisiana at Monroe dropped to third after posting 15-13 on Friday and only trail the leaders by 1-3. Murray State University’s Hunter Mills and Jordan Hartman caught 18 pounds and moved into fourth with 39-14. Rounding out the Top 5 was the team of TJ Tucker and Bennett Pierce of Arkansas Tech University with a two-day total of 37-13.
 
The 115-team field at the start of the event was cut to the Top 20 teams for the final day on Saturday. Those teams will battle it out for eight more hours on Sam Rayburn Reservoir in hopes of qualifying for the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship in summer. The Top 17 teams will advance to the championship.
 
Saturday’s Top 20 takeoff will be at 7 a.m. CT at Cassell Boykin Park, and the final weigh-in begins at 4:15 p.m. on the campus of host university Stephen F. Austin.
 
2017 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Title Sponsor: Carhartt

2017 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Presenting Sponsor: Bass Pro Shops

2017 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Platinum Sponsor: Toyota

2017 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Premier Sponsors: Huk, Humminbird, Skeeter Boats, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Yamaha, Berkley, Power-Pole, Shell Rotella, Triton Boats

2017 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Supporting Sponsors: Shimano, ABU Garcia, St. Croix Rods, Livingston Lures, Lowrance, Costa, Dick Cepek Tires & Wheels

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Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Central Regional presented by Bass Pro Shops
1/26/2017 - 1/28/2017
Sam Rayburn Reservoir - Cassells-Boykin - Lufkin, TX


STANDINGS BOATER DAY 2
 
Name # Fish, # Live, Lbs – Oz, Accumulative # Fish, # Live, Lbs – Oz
1 Travis McGuire - Layne Bynum Texas Tech University 5 5 28-10 10 10 41- 8
2 Lawrence Kuznik - Dakota Moore University of Louisiana at LaFayette 5 5 26-13 9 9 40-10
3 Tyler Craig - Spencer Lambert University of Louisiana at Monroe 5 5 15-13 10 10 40- 5
4 Hunter Mills - Jordan Hartman Murray State University 5 5 18- 0 10 10 39-14
5 TJ Tucker - Bennett Pierce Arkansas Tech University 5 5 18-12 10 10 37-13
6 Dillon Harrell - Dustin Moreno Sam Houston State University 5 5 11-10 10 10 36- 2
7 Brandon Simoneaux - Colby Ogden Lamar University 4 4 14-12 9 9 35-11
8 Colt Benedict - Reed Foster Dallas Baptist University 5 5 12- 9 10 10 35- 0
9 Tyler Rivet - Cameron Naquin Nicholls State University 5 5 14-10 10 10 35- 0
10 Corbin Davis - Michael Rollert Texas A&M University 5 5 16- 4 10 10 34-15
11 Dawson Cranford - Charles Norris University of Louisiana at LaFayette 5 5 11-12 10 10 34- 8
12 Matthew Bowden - Barton Courtney Texas Tech University 5 5 13- 5 10 10 33-14
13 John Moore - Clark Mannas Texas A&M University 5 5 15- 9 10 10 33- 9
14 Hunter Freeman - Thomas Soileau University of Louisiana at Monroe 5 5 17- 6 10 10 33- 5
15 Aaron Belgard - Logan Laprarie Northwestern State University 5 5 19- 0 10 10 32-14
16 Trent Newman - Zackery Hines Dallas Baptist University 5 5 19-11 10 10 31- 9
17 Justin Seeton - Dakota Ebare Tarleton State University 5 5 15-11 10 10 31- 6
18 Philip Gottsponer - Ethan Stokes Arkansas Tech University 5 5 11- 7 10 10 30-11
19 Turner Mason - Kaito Ajiro Colorado State University 5 5 17- 9 9 9 30- 6
20 Stetson Overton - Cason Kelley Tarleton State University 5 5 16-12 10 10 30- 6
21 John Jay - Grant Pietsch Texas A&M University 4 4 8-10 9 9 30- 3
22 Tyler Woods - Robert Tweed Stephen F Austin State University 5 5 13-10 10 10 30- 1
23 Stephen Thomas - Luke Potter Lamar University 5 5 18- 2 10 10 30- 0
24 Colby Simmons - Brandon Barber East Texas Baptist University 4 4 18- 0 9 9 29-14
25 Caleb Young - Marshall White University of Texas at Tyler 5 5 16-15 10 10 29-12
26 Chris Zins - Zach Holliday University of Central Oklahoma 5 5 12-12 10 10 29- 5
27 Cody Barchenger - Garrett Bradford Stephen F Austin State University 5 5 11-11 10 10 29- 4
28 Taylor Tindall - Elijah Cain LA Tech 5 5 19-11 10 10 29- 0
29 Alex Murray - Trent Manuel McNeese State University 5 5 11-13 10 10 28-12
30 Tucker Sargent - Wyatt Young Tarleton State University 5 5 17- 0 10 10 28- 9
31 Josh Bensema - Bradley Fleming Texas A&M University 5 5 12-12 10 10 28- 9
32 Bo McGraw - Nathan White Texas A&M University 5 5 15- 9 10 10 28- 8
33 Garret Whitley - Clayton Godfrey Stephen F Austin State University 5 5 13- 8 10 10 27-15
34 Brennan Soileau - Garrett McDonald LA Tech 5 5 16- 0 10 10 27-14
35 Phillip Borel - Dustin Nash Northwestern State University 5 5 16- 2 10 10 27-13
36 Josh Dugger - Jake Dugger Arkansas Tech University 5 5 10- 5 10 10 27-10
37 Tyler Stewart - Nick Joiner University of Louisiana at Monroe 5 5 16-13 10 10 27- 2
38 Eric Hanna - Jack Minnix Oklahoma State University 5 5 11-12 10 10 27- 1
39 Jay Lawson - Wyatt Frankens Stephen F Austin State University 5 5 11-10 10 10 26-14
40 Chad Poulsen - Jared Penton East Texas Baptist University 5 5 15- 9 10 10 26- 6
41 Cameron Simmons - Dexter Flick Oklahoma State University 5 5 14-11 9 9 25-15
42 Dalton Warrington - Kooper Marsh Southwestern Oklahoma State University 5 11- 3 10 10 25-14
43 Bates Enmeier - Brady Lobue Oklahoma State University 5 5 11-11 10 10 25-10
44 Justin Cooper - Johnny Ledet Northwestern State University 5 5 13- 0 10 10 25-10
45 Will Hughes - Chandler Hayes Stephen F Austin State University 5 5 12-11 10 10 25-10
46 Hunter Fluitt - Maverick Jaggers UAM-CTC 5 5 10-10 10 10 25- 8
47 JP Kimbrough - Jared Rascoe LSU Shreveport 5 5 11-14 10 10 25- 2
48 Alex Torkleson - Dillon Roberts Rogers State University 5 5 8-14 10 10 24-14
49 John-Michael Brattlof - Dakota Cline Stephen F Austin State University 5 5 9- 6 10 10 23-10
50 Jacob Keith - Brett Clark East Texas Baptist University 5 5 10- 8 10 10 23-10
51 Logan Wilson - Chance Cobb Tarleton State University 5 5 11- 6 10 10 23- 6
52 Ryan Wood - Nathan Wood Dallas Baptist University 3 3 7- 4 8 8 22-13
53 Dakota Sparks - Levi Sharp LSU 5 5 11- 5 10 10 22-12
54 Gregory Green - Trevor Fox Northwestern State University 3 3 7- 0 8 8 22- 6
55 Douglas Bell - Levi Harger Southern Arkansas University 3 3 7- 3 8 8 20-12
56 Nicholas Cantarella - Evan Cook Texas A&M University 3 3 11- 0 8 8 20-10
57 Hutton Leppert - Tanner Mizell Northwestern State University 3 3 5-13 8 8 20- 8
58 Kyle Pasket - Jackson Carrell Sam Houston State University 4 4 6- 7 9 9 20- 8
59 Adam Deakin - Levi Kirk Colorado State University 3 3 8- 1 8 8 20- 7
60 Collin Bode - Colby Bryant Sam Houston State University 5 5 12-14 9 9 20- 5
61 Chris Bradley - Andy Thurston Southwestern Oklahoma State Univers 5ity 5 10-14 10 10 20- 0
62 Hunter Wellan - Jacob Curtis LA Tech 5 5 9-11 10 10 19-14
63 Jose Palma - Andrew Madison University of Central Oklahoma 5 5 10-13 10 10 19- 5
64 Jake Biram - Rhett Meyer Oklahoma State University 5 5 15- 3 7 7 18-13
65 Zachariah Edwards - Zach Cantwell University of Central Oklahoma 4 4 6- 9 9 9 18-13
66 Scott McClellan - Adam Forester LA Tech 2 2 4- 7 7 7 18-11
67 Ryan Antee - Harrison Hopkins LSU Shreveport 5 5 9- 0 8 8 18-11
68 Jed Hebert - Grant Curran University of Louisiana at LaFayette 3 3 6-13 8 8 18-10
69 Warren Basinger - Dalton Baker Southern Arkansas University 5 5 8- 1 10 10 18- 4
70 Jordan Ogle - Ladd Owens Arkansas Tech University 1 1 3- 4 6 6 18- 1
71 Devin Nichols - Luke O'Neal University of Louisiana at Monroe 3 3 7- 5 7 7 17- 5
72 Alex Edgeman - Drew Fazzino University of Oklahoma 5 5 10-15 9 9 17- 1
73 Blaine Timonera - Nate Sleight University of Oklahoma 1 1 2- 6 6 6 16-13
74 Nate Holman - Jay Powers Northeastern State University 4 4 7- 0 9 9 16-12
75 Wayne Figg - Brady McFarland Texas A&M University 2 2 6-13 7 7 16- 6
76 Austin Miles - Tyler Hassler Colorado State University-Pueblo 2 2 4- 5 7 7 15-14
77 Connor Whisenant - Carter Henderson Texas A&M University 5 5 11- 3 8 8 15- 9
78 Blake Crabb - Eagan Carnes Texas A&M Corpus Christi 5 5 12- 1 6 6 15- 0
79 Chandler Burgay - James Marshall Stephen F Austin State University 0 0 0- 0 5 5 14-11
80 Mason Beatty - Noah Batts East Texas Baptist University 5 5 12- 9 6 6 14- 5
81 Tanner Best - John Lange Texas Tech University 0 0 0- 0 5 5 14- 3
82 Drew Fleming - Joe Rainwater UAM-CTC 5 5 11-13 6 6 13-15
83 Lane McCartney - Tyler Hastings Rogers State University 5 5 11- 2 6 6 13- 8
84 Joseph Cheek - Gavin Watts UAM-CTC 3 3 0- 0 8 8 13- 7
85 Nick Gill - Cole Daniel University of Central Oklahoma 2 2 4-10 5 5 12- 6
86 Austin Anderson - Heidi Langschied Stephen F Austin State University 0 0 0- 0 5 5 11-12
87 Joey Tuminello - Sebastian Smith University of Louisiana at LaFayette 2 2 4- 0 5 5 11-11
88 Corbin Bogart - James Proctor Tarleton State University 0 0 0- 0 5 5 11-10
88 Seth Hausman - Ryan Frier Stephen F Austin State University 0 0 0- 0 5 5 11-10
90 Cole Perilloux - Hunter Adams LA Tech 2 2 4- 5 5 5 11-10
91 Ryan Gunter - Samuel Meaders University of Arkansas 0 0 0- 0 5 5 10-14
92 Hogan Beckley - Koby Dortch University of Louisiana at Monroe 0 0 0- 0 4 4 10- 8
93 James Hovey - David Bercier McNeese State University 0 0 0- 0 5 5 10- 3
94 Alec Castonguay - Kyle Dragulski Stephen F Austin State University 0 0 0- 0 5 5 10- 1
95 Austin Cleveland - Kyle Everett LA Tech 5 5 9-13 5 5 9-13
96 Blaise Weimer - Josh Shapland Oklahoma State University 0 0 0- 0 5 5 9- 8
97 Jeff Ramsey - LSU Shreveport 3 3 6- 8 4 4 8-15
98 Jordan Wood - Blake Smith Lamar University 0 0 0- 0 5 5 8- 9
99 Daniel Sparlin - Kyle Jessie University of Arkansas 0 0 0- 0 3 3 8- 6
100 Cody Finkbeiner - Jon Lucas Stephen F Austin State University 2 2 3- 7 3 3 6-13
101 Drake Dunlap - Will Hewat University of Arkansas 0 0 0- 0 4 4 6-11
102 Justin Diehl - Hunter Jolly Sam Houston State University 2 2 4- 4 3 3 6-11
103 Robert Ramsey - Tarleton State University 0 0 0- 0 3 3 6- 3
104 Justin Tatum - Blake Bauer Tarleton State University 0 0 0- 0 3 3 6- 2
105 Lewis Laurent - Bryce Coleman Southeastern Louisiana University 0 0 0- 0 3 3 5-15
106 Matt Glad - Brent Rome Jr LSU 0 0 0- 0 3 3 5- 6
107 Matthew Anthony - Taylor Barton Stephen F Austin State University 0 0 0- 0 2 2 4- 9
108 Tanner Smith - Matthew Lestage McNeese State University 0 0 0- 0 2 2 4- 2
109 Brandon Consalus - Wayne Carillo Tarleton State University 0 0 0- 0 2 2 3-14
110 Owen Richard - Mitchell Mayard LSU 0 0 0- 0 1 1 2- 6
111 Dylan Matherne - Brandon Daigle Southeastern Louisiana University 0 0 0- 0 1 1 1-11
112 Cody Hahn - Case Thompson Tarleton State University 0 0 0- 0 1 1 1- 9
113 Landon Darden - Steven Smith Southern Arkansas University 0 0 0- 0 0 0 0- 0
113 Jonathan Ham - Gannon Graves Stephen F Austin State University 0 0 0- 0 0 0 0- 0
113 Hunter Kaemmerling - John Forst Stephen F Austin State University 0 0 0- 0 0 0 0- 0
 
BIG BASS
Day, Name, City, State Lbs-Oz
1 Colt Benedict - Reed Foster Dallas, TX 8-14
2 Travis McGuire - Layne BynuLmubbock, TX 10- 2
 
TOTALS
Day, # Fish, # Live, Lbs-Oz, # Limits
1 475 475 1313- 1 79
2 387 387 1046- 2 63