Minden’s Peyton Igo part of Bulldogs’ two-man team
LUFKIN, Texas – The Louisiana Tech University team of Peyton Igo, Minden and Matthew Loetscher, Many won the National Guard FLW College Fishing Southern Conference event on Sam Rayburn Reservoir on February 26.
Igo and Loetscher won with five bass weighing 15 pounds, eight ounces. The victory earned the team $5,000. The win also helped them advance to the Southern Conference Regional Championship.
"Things went pretty good for us today," Igo, a sophomore in agriculture business said. "We were catching fish back and forth all morning and then Matthew got the first good fish and we started to breathe a little easier. I got my big one (7 1/2 pounds) shortly after and we knew we had a pretty good sack."
Igo admitted he and his teammate weren't sure of their victory.
"We didn't think we really had enough to win going in," Igo continued. "We were pretty nervous sitting in the hot seats after weighing-in second, but it held tough."
Loetescher said the team had a game plan and stuck to it.
"We were targeting major spawning pockets," said he said. "We knew the fish were going to be scattered so our plan was to catch one fish at a time hoping to be able to find the spawning bass. We were able to find one pocket that really paid off for us today, it was a recently flooded bank with hay grass and we pretty much stayed there all day.
"All of our bass were caught in less than 5 feet of water," Loetscher continued. "We were using Carolina and Texas rigs with Zoom Speed Craws."
Under bluebird skies the bite on Sam Rayburn Reservoir was tougher than most of the young anglers anticipated. Both young men from Louisiana Tech University expected heavier sacks to cross the stage today. Igo indicated that going into the tournament they were anticipating it would take 20-pounds or more to even be in contention.
Rounding out the top five teams and also advancing to the Southern Regional Championship are: The University of Louisiana-Monroe team, Central Arkansas, Stephen F. Austin and UL-L.