National Guard FLW College Fishing is headed to Lake Champlain July 21 for the second of four stops in the Northern Conference. Forty college teams will be competing for a top award of $5,000 and a berth in the Northern Conference Championship tournament.
“It’s going to be the standard summer patterns,” said Snapple pro Jacob Powroznik of Prince George, Va., who is fresh off a second place finish at the Lake Champlain FLW Tour event. “A lot of anglers will be catching both smallmouth and largemouth, and I think you’ll see a lot of mixed bags coming in. The main key for a lot of the college anglers will be who can find that big largemouth bite. A lot of people will be catching them on a frog. The topwater bite will be hot. A lot of people will catch them cranking. For smallmouth, I’d be dropshotting and throwing a tube. There’s a lot of fish up there, and they’ll bite almost anything.”
When asked for advice specifically for the college anglers who may not have much experience on this huge body of water, the Kellogg’s Angler of the Year runner-up recommended a word many college students dread – homework.
“Just do your homework before you get out there,” Powroznik said. “Look at a map. Every bay that you go into there will be a concentration of fish. You’re going to have to work to find them. But when you do, man is it fun. I’d estimate that it’s going to take a team 18½ pounds to win this tournament.”
Anglers will take off from the Dock Street Landing located at 5 Dock Street in Plattsburgh, N.Y., at 6:30 a.m. Saturday. Weigh-in will be held at the take off site beginning at 12:30 p.m. Takeoff and weigh-in are free and open to the public.
Schools competing in the Lake Champlain tournament, which is hosted by the City of Plattsburgh and the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau, include:
Bowling Green State University – Kevin Klensch, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Zachary Goeglein, Livonia, Mich.
Carnegie Mellon University – Paul Kimball Jr., Glastonbury, Conn., and Michael Terrick, Munhall, Pa.
Castleton State College – Daniel Infurna and Patrick Infurna, both of Castleton, Va.
Central Michigan University – Cody Wilkerson and Matt Zenz, both of Farwell, Mich.
Christopher Newport University – Charlie Hill, Ashburn, Va., and Derek Berhalter, Warsaw, Va.
Misericordia University – William Hazlett and Matt Garnjost, both of Allentown, Pa.
Fairmont State University – Ryan Radcliff, Parkersburg, W.Va., and Will Dieffenbauch, Hundred, W.Va.
Glenville State College – Brandon Abbott, Glenville, W.Va., and Matt Brohard, Spencer, W.Va.
Grand Valley State University – Scott Taege, Algonquin, Ill., and Matt Smartt, St. Clair Shores, Mich.
Hampden-Sydney College – Allen Luck, Richmond, Va., and Charles Parrish, Newport News, Va.
Kent State University – Josh Schlifer, Freedom, Pa., and Derek Crooks, Litchfield, Ohio
La Roche College – Jonathan Coholich and Richard Smith, both of Pittsburgh, Pa.
Liberty University – Anthony Amedore and George Amedore, both of Schenectady, N.Y.
Longwood University – Jeffrey Wiggins, Farmville, Va., and Greg Ewing, Bristow, Va.
Messiah College – David Dippold, Royersford, Pa., and Heather Hulstein, Grantham, Pa.
Michigan State University – Gabe Griffith, Haslett, Mich., and Cody Harris, Grand Blanc, Mich.
Morrisville State College – Scott Morris, Elizabethtown, N.Y., and Zachary Cappon, Williamson, N.Y.
Northwood University – Benjamin Nowak, Midland, Mich., and Erik McKenna, Lansing, Mich.
Ohio State University – Jeff Moorman, Bloomingdale, Ohio, and Joe Shaw, Brunswick, Ohio
Ohio University – Matthew Tarr, Athens, Ohio, and Travis Von Neumann, Dayton, Ohio
Penn State University – Jessica Moldofsky, Worcester, Pa., and Grae Buck, Perkiomenville, Pa.
Radford University – Ryan McCarthy, Chantilly, Va., and Steven Jarrells, Dublin, Va.
Ramapo College – Joseph Zapf, Whippany, N.J., and Jeffrey Voss, Secaucus, N.J.
Rochester Institute of Technology – Steve Digerardo, Pompton Lakes, N.J., and Thomas Leonardo, Rochester, N.Y.
Roanoke College – Reid Mizelle, Chesapeake, Va., and Ryan Anderson, Salem, Va.
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania – Jonathan Miller and Kevin Hollasch, both of Keedysville, Md.
Slippery Rock University – Corey Randour, Hickory, Pa., and Tyler Lonchar, Clinton, Pa.
Springfield College – Daniel Patane, Canastota, N.Y., and Tyler Reid, Dighton, Mass.
SUNY Plattsburgh – Nathaniel Lewis, Tinmouth, Vt., and Mark Rexford, Waterbury, Vt.
SUNY Buffalo – Matt Smith, Williamsville, N.Y., and Keith Fields, Buffalo, N.Y.
University of Akron – Derrick Lockhart, Akron, Ohio, and Josh Tomayko, Copley, Ohio
University of Connecticut – Matthew Chouinard, Grafton, Mass., and Grant Cunningham, Unionville, Conn.
Vermont Technical College – Kyle Sabourin, Georgia, Vt., and Justin Brouillard, Rochester, Vt.
Virginia Tech University – Jody White, Shaftsbury, Vt., and David Bryant, Covington, Va.
Virginia Military Institute – Frederick Vilushis, Phenix, Va., and Ryan Dick, Manassas, Va.
Wayne State University – Grant Quinn, St. Clair Shores, Mich., and Andrew Smith, Detroit, Mich.
West Point – Cadet Justin Hunter, Concord, Calif., and Nick Koop, West Point, N.Y.
West Virginia University – Corey Straight, Barrackville, W.Va., and Fairmont, W.Va.
Western Michigan – Tyler Havenaar, Kalamazoo, Mich., and Derek Miller, Coldwater, Mich.
Xavier University – Ty Styons, Hamilton, Ohio, and Ian Goddard, Fairfield, Ohio
FLW College Fishing teams compete in four qualifying events in one of five conferences – Central, Northern, Southern, Southeastern and Western. The top five teams from each regular-season tournament will qualify for one of five conference championships. The top five teams from each conference championship will advance to the national championship.
College Fishing is free to enter and FLW Outdoors 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.
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