Repeat Disbelief

TYLER, Texas -- The final weigh-in of the College Bass West Super Regional came down to one fish and .06 pounds. 

Ultimately, a dead fish penalty hurt the Day One leaders from Friends University, leaving the door open for Zach Caudle and Joe Landry from Louisiana State University at Shreveport to claim the title for the second consecutive year after they boated a tournament-best 19.10 pounds. That gave them 29.27 pounds over two days and the tournament victory by .06 pounds. 

“We are the most talkative team in the country and we were speechless,” Landry said. “Just to come back from 8 pounds behind doesn’t seem logical. We thought we would need 20 pounds just to get a top-five finish and 22 pounds to win. This is really cool because we are still the only team to win a West Super Regional.” 

Coming up just a hair short was the team of Vaughn Humerickhouse and Jayme Bristow from Friends University. Their 22.21 pounds over two days was enough for second place overall. Not too far behind them was Tyler James and Matt Day from Texas A&M University with 28.74 pounds.

Rounding out the top five teams in fourth place from the University of Texas at Tyler was Michael Huss and Mason Holmes at 26.64 pounds. Fifth place went to Tarleton State’s John Anderson and Brandon Foard with 26.23 pounds. 

“Winning is great, but you hate to win that way,” Caudle said. “They are going to hate that fish for the rest of their lives.” 

Despite the dead fish, the day belonged to Caudle and Landry, though, as they made a monster charge from 24th place after the first day to win the tournament. This tournament also marked the last College Bass tournament for Caudle, a senior, who will be starting a full-time job soon. 

“I can’t believe we won my last College Bass event,” Caudle said. “It’s what you dream about and talk about sitting around the campfire. We knew we didn’t have it because our parents had written down the weights. When we heard Friends had a dead fish, we couldn’t believe it.” 

Their biggest fish of the day almost didn’t make it into the boat. Landry hooked the bass and Caudle readied the net and it was a good thing he did. 

“The net wasn’t even out of the water,” Caudle said. “As soon as it reached the rim of the net, the hook just popped out. When those fish come off, they have a second before they run off and this one ran right down into the net.” 

The duo spent their tournament fishing in Lake Tyler East, because of the abundant grass that was present. Alternating between a Zoom Horny Toad and a watermelon Super Fluke put most of their fish in the boat and they also caught two key fish off beds on a Flick Shake worm. 

“We had one stretch of bank that we went up and down four times to catch most of our weight,” Caudle said. “Everybody I talked to said the East lake had better fish. The grass was better there and it was easier to fish.” 

With the wind, teamwork was crucial and often Caudle would help position the boat while Landry fished off the back deck. With only a partial day to practice, hard work during the tournament was the deciding factor and LSU – Shreveport walked away with a repeat victory, the first time that has ever been done in College Bass history. 

“It seems like a dream, it’s literally unbelievable,” Landry said. “We are a small university and I like putting our college on the map. Our school has over 4,000 students and the two of us are the only ones that fish. I’m looking for a partner now that Zach is graduating.”

With the success LSU – Shreveport has had in the few short years they have been around, that shouldn’t be a problem for Landry. Next on the College Bass calendar is the North Super Regional out of Fort Madison, Iowa from June 5th-6th. Full coverage from all College Bass events can be found on CollegeBass.com. 

West Super Regional Final Results:

Place

School

Angler

Angler

Day One

Day Two

Total

1

LSU - Shreveport

Zach Caudle

Joe Landry

10.17

19.10

29.27

2

Friends

Vaughn Humerickhouse

Jayme Bristow

18.04

11.17

29.21

3

Texas A&M

Tyler James

Matt Day

14.89

13.85

28.74

4

Texas - Tyler

Mason Holmes

Michael Huss

15.85

10.79

26.64

5

Tarleton State

John Anderson

Brandon Foard

17.11

9.12

26.23

6

Texas A&M

Kyle Bates

David Doonan

13.68

12.32

26.00

7

Stephen F. Austin

Ryan Watkins

Blaze Platt

12.73

12.87

25.60

8

Texas State

Justin Holmes

Bryan Carethers

15.68

9.84

25.52

9

Oklahoma

Chip Porche

Mark Johnson

11.55

13.41

24.96

10

Oklahoma State

Bryce Bechtel

Cody Fuller

10.06

13.22

23.28

11

Texas A&M

Weston Brown

George Umphres

10.96

11.85

22.81

12

LSU

Mason McCain

Doug Greenman

8.58

14.12

22.70

13

Texas - Arlington

Stephen Pineau

Steven Cermak

18.00

4.29

22.29

14

Arkansas - Little Rock

Trent Gephardt

Brian Duckett

16.00

6.23

22.23

15

Texas Tech

Coleman Crook

 

17.48

4.61

22.09

16

Texas A&M Kingsville

Jerod Hawkes

Cody Burell

10.59

11.48

22.07

17

Pittsburg State

Zach Collard

Jake Flack

12.48

9.02

21.50

18

Texas - Tyler

Matthew McClellan

Tyler Fisher

12.38

8.44

20.82

19

Henderson State

Marcus Greene

Chase Mitchell

12.19

8.16

20.35

20

Texas A&M

Stephen Becka

Austin Lee

13.69

6.58

20.27

21

Stephen F. Austin

Kyle Turner

Aaron Newsom

6.01

13.76

19.77

22

North Texas

Brandon Dickenson

Zach Sears

7.83

11.23

19.06

23

Louisiana Tech

Colton Carpenter

Ryan Crump

11.40

6.23

17.63

24

Texas Tech

Maverick Jennings

Preston Wittenburg

9.53

7.45

16.98

25

LSU

Blake Carrier

Tim Morris

7.59

9.39

16.98

26

Texas Tech

Scott Jones

Jake Szot

6.40

10.46

16.86

27

Texas A&M

Andy Shafer

Paul Manley

5.73

9.30

15.03

28

Oklahoma

Tyler Nipper

Paul Muzljakovich

3.29

11.57

14.86

29

Texas A&M Kingsville

Will Watson

Craig Waligura

13.95

 

13.95

30

Louisiana - Monroe

Brett Preuett

Jordan Alexander

6.62

7.15

13.77

31

Northwestern State

Paul Rini

Jeff Rich

12.58

 

12.58

32

Louisiana Tech

Brandon Holmes

Phillip Marsiglia

9.94

2.31

12.25

33

Baylor

Joey Garland

Brian Bauer

11.75

 

11.75

34

Lousiana - Lafayette

Jordy Veillon

Justin Barmore

10.93

 

10.93

35

Northwestern State

Adam McDonald

Zach Hester

10.72

 

10.72

36

Arkansas Tech

Matt Goddard

Roy Roberts

9.07

 

9.07

37

Texas - Tyler

Charlie Brown III

Kasey Calbow

4.41

4.60

9.01

38

Stephen F. Austin

Colby McCary

Preston Whisenhunt

5.82

3.02

8.84

39

Friends

Michael Batts

Matt George

6.35

1.63

7.98

40

Arkansas - Little Rock

Josh Thomson

Brian Caserta

7.96

 

7.96

41

Louisiana - Monroe

Jake Ormond

Daniel Echols

7.91

 

7.91

42

Stephen F. Austin

Zach Brown

Bryan Swann

2.02

4.49

6.51

43

Oklahoma State

Trevor Parks

Chase Edmiston

2.66

3.78

6.44

44

Mclennan Community

Jordan Grimm

 

5.95

 

5.95

45

Arkansas - Monticello

Philip Roberts

Chris Church

5.84

 

5.84

46

Texas State

Joey Reich

Elliott Gundelach

5.75

 

5.75

47

Arkansas

Benny Williams

 

3.24

1.75

4.99

48

Texas - Tyler

Paul Daniel

Allen Brown

4.11

 

4.11

49

Texas State

Sean Kubiak

Sam Lackey

3.92

 

3.92

50

Louisiana - Monroe

Daniel Laing

Jordan Davis

3.85

 

3.85

51

Pittsburg State

Daniel Washburn

Ricky Moritz

   

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