Movers & Shakers: Regional, College Update


Tournament season isn’t even in full swing ad there were still four Regional events last weekend— ABA Weekend Series on Lake Sinclair and Degray Lake, and FLW BFLs on Lake Guntersville and Lake Keowee.

The last one on that list is how Jerry Kotal spent his weekend, and his eighth-place finish on the South Carolina reservoir helped him jump three places into the top five. The angler has four top 10s in his last six events in the Savannah Division. That’s what it takes to be No. 5.

A state away, Marshall Deakins was having a weekend to forget, as he finished 72nd at Gunterville, dropping him in the rankings from 11th to 27th. Hopefully Deakins is not in a slump, though it looks like he’s heading that was as after being red-hot for most of 2012 (eight top 10s, including a win), his last two tournaments have been a 42nd and 72nd.

Jerry Williams didn’t fish this weekend, but he did little more than a year ago, and when that event dropped off, his average jumped up, allowing him to go from 34th to 17th.

There were a couple minor slips around No. 20 (Scott Hayes going from 19th to 24th, and Alex Davis going from 23rd to 28th), while Bo Price fell from 30th to 38th.

However, we’ll end on a couple high notes. In one week, Brad Fowler jumped from 58th to 35th, while David Millsap went from 61st to top 50 (50th).


College – Team

If you haven’t heard of the Fishlife Tour, it’s time you do ( The organization holds both Regional and College-level events. The later is what we’re focusing on, as Fishlife kicked off its season with a College event on Lay Lake over the weekend.

While there weren’t enough different schools — there must be a minimum of 10 — for the event to qualify for the College School Rankings, there were enough anglers for the Team and Individual rankings.

Some notable moves included Auburn’s duo of Chandler McCollum and Will Bates dropping from 65th to 73rd. Meanwhile, Auburn-Montgomery teammates Dalton Darnell and Tyler Strock moved from 85th to 71st.


College – Individual
Welcome to the rankings, Benjamin Curry. The Auburn angler debuted at No. 56 after the event.


About Author

Sean cut his teeth in the journalist world as an award-winning sports reporter, editor and freelancer for various Chicagoland newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times and Daily Herald, eventually crossing over into editing and freelance writing in the Outdoor industry. In addition to his position as Editor for, he is also a freelance outdoor writer and lure designer. He resides in the Chicago suburb of Lockport. An avid Bass and Muskie fisherman, his fishing influence began on ponds and lakes in northeast Illinois and has since expanded to a multitude of species across North and Central America. His passion for the sport is rivaled only by his love for building fishing lures, with a number of his designs being used by top professional anglers and produced by various lure companies today. Google+

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