Two Texas A&M Fishing Teams Competing in National Guard FLW College Fishing Regional Tournament

Due to low water conditions, takeoff is no longer at Somerville Marina. New takeoff location is at Rocky Creek Park

7:30 a.m. – daily takeoff at Rocky Creek Park, Rocky Creek Park Road,Burton, Texas

4 p.m. – Thur. and Fri. weigh-in at Texas A&M, corner of George Bush Drive and Wellborn Road, south of Bright Football Complex

*2:30 p.m. – Sat. final weigh-in at Texas A&M, corner of George Bush Drive and Wellborn Road, south of Bright Football Complex

* Final weigh-in immediately following the Texas A&M vs. Baylor football game and is subject to change

NOTES: Twenty college teams from the Texas region will be competing for a top award of $50,000 to be split between the school and bass fishing club; $37,500 for bass club, which includes $12,500 in cash as well as a Ranger 177TR with a 90 horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard wrapped in school colors and $12,500 for their school. For a complete list of qualified teams visit

Two Texas A&M University fishing teams will be among numerous collegiate angling clubs trying to reel in big money and prizes when they participate in the three-day National Guard FLW College Fishing Regional Tournament and Festival that begins Thursday (Oct. 13). Texas A&M will host the event.

Although Texas A&M and College Station are the host sites, the actual fishing will be done on nearby Lake Somerville. The tournament is coordinated by the National Guard FLW fishing series and offers a first-place prize of $12,500 plus $12,500 for the winner’s university. In addition, a $25,000 Ranger bass boat with a 90-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury engine will be awarded to the winning team.

Regional winners advance to the national championships that offer a $50,000 first place prize, $25,000 to the winner’s school and a Ranger bass boat and engine.

Headquarters for the event will be at the corner of Wellborn Road and George Bush Drive on the Texas A&M campus. The tournament begins at 7:30 a.m. Thursday and final weigh-in is set for 5 p.m. Saturday or upon the completion of the Texas A&M-Baylor game, which kicks off at 11a.m. at Kyle Field.

Texas A&M will have two two-man Aggie angler teams composed of teammates Andrew Shafer and Weston Brown, and Kyle Bates and Professional fisherman and guide Justin Rackley, a
Texas A&M graduate and 2007 Collegiate Bass Fishing National Champion, will also be attending but is not participating. Rackley promotes the educational mission of the university through education outreach.

Some of the other schools expected to participate include LSU, Oklahoma, Baylor, Oral Roberts, Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin, Lamar, University of Texas-Tyler, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Southeastern Oklahoma.

The tournament and festival are open to all collegiate fishing teams. Participants must be fulltime undergraduate students at a four-year college and members of a fishing club that is recognized by their university. Festival activities will include free T-shirts, tailgate games, boat simulator rides and other events each day of the tournament.

“Not only are we excited to be hosting the National Guard FLW College Fishing Regional Tournament and Festival, but we are very proud to have two Aggie fishing teams representing the university in this competition,” says Shane Hinckley, assistant vice president for business development at Texas A&M. “We wish them luck and know that The 12th Man will come out to support them this weekend.”

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