A team from Arkansas-Pine Bluff finished fourth in the Arkansas Collegiate Series tournament held Nov. 16 on the Arkansas River at Pine Bluff. Hunter Dickey and Ignacio Lopez-Morales weighed in with 11.74 pounds. Twenty teams from Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana participated in the third contest in the series which was hosted by the UAPB Fishing Team.
The tournament was delayed for more than an hour, with the first boat launching just before 8 a.m. due to heavy fog. Despite the late start, most teams reported a fun day with many keeper fish caught, said Scott Jones, UAPB Fishing Team coach and Small Impoundment Extension Specialist.
Dickey and Lopez-Morales got off to a slow start. “They didn’t land their first keeper until 10 a.m., but they found fish relating to rock dikes and followed that pattern the rest of the day,” Jones said. “They steadily put fish in the boat throughout the day and culled twice.”
Troy Johnson and Jeremy Hall from Arkansas-Little Rock finished third with 13.64 pounds. “They reported catching and culling numerous keepers on their way to another solid finish; they currently sit in second in the Team of the Year race,” Jones said.
Jared Kennemer and Zach Gobber from Arkansas came in second with 14.91 pounds. Unlike most other teams, Jones said Kennemer and Gobber used slow moving jigs to bring their fish in.
Sawyer Grace and Ryan Dorsett from Arkansas Tech amassed a 15.03 pound limit for their second straight win and a solid hold on the Team of the Year race.
“Sawyer mentioned that they ran rock dikes early, landing a small limit,” Jones said. “As they made their way south, back towards the harbor, they found a few larger fish relating to wood. They began following this pattern into the Pine Bluff harbor.”
The pattern went cold for some time, until they made a risky move by returning to the main channel with only one hour of fishing time remaining, he said.
“The risky move paid off big with more beneficial keepers, including one close to 5 pounds, from one stretch of river bank,” Jones said.
The final stop of the ACS regular season will be Lake DeGray on Dec. 7.