Ranger Cup University Challenge To Be Held On Choke Canyon Reservoir – August 25th & 26th

Who enjoys a great weekend of bass fishing? How about a weekend of bass fishing on a trophy Texas lake with a 50% chance of winning $2,000? To make the deal even sweeter, how about an all-expenses paid trip to be filmed for an upcoming nationally televised episode of Americana Outdoors as well as the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship television series? I think most anyone would say “yes,” but the anglers going on this trip earned their way there.   The schools that will be represented on this dream trip are University of Arkansas and University of Texas at Tyler. Mook Miller and Kyle Billingsley will be representing the University of Arkansas, while Matthew McClellan and Tyler Fisher are the anglers competing from University of Texas at Tyler.

Some readers may be intrigued on how these anglers have this amazing opportunity and the stipulations were simple; sign up! Each angler must sign up online for the Ranger Cup University incentive, and each member must display the logo on the front and back of their jersey per Ranger Cup rules. Then the top, qualifying finishers at both the FLW Championship and the BoatUS National Collegiate Championship that were enrolled within the Ranger Cup University program are awarded with the opportunity to fish Choke Canyon Reservoir. The tournament will take place this Thursday and Friday, and will be a three part tournament. There will be three separate weigh-ins and the teams will be placed into separate “designated” areas during the first session, and then swap for the second. During the final session teams will be allowed to fish either of the areas, or a combination of both.

“I’m very excited about this opportunity, I have never been there before but I hear it’s a trophy fishery,” Tyler Fisher said in anticipation of fishing Choke Canyon for the first time. When asked about how he learned about the Ranger Cup incentive program, Tyler replied, “Matthew is great with checking in with emails and hearing of these things, I am horrible about checking email, he told me to sign up, so I did.” Sometimes things just work out, “We finished 7th at the FLW Championship, but we were the highest finishing team enrolled in the program. One team placed ahead of us had one member signed up but not both, which allowed us to be the first eligible team.” Matthew Mcclellan, Tyler’s teammate also has no experience fishing Choke Canyon, however with area lakes like Palestine, Fork, and Tyler, we have a feeling it will look like home for them. Matthew is excited for the opportunity and comments, “We were leading after day one at the FLW Championship, and after a horrible day we fell to 7th. We walked off stage and were told by a Ranger Representative that we had this opportunity. That day went from one of my worst to bearable real fast.” When asked about first learning of the incentive program, I mentioned to Matthew that Tyler had told me how bad he was with checking email, in a comical response I replied, “I’m not sure we would ever attend a tournament if it was up to Tyler, we wouldn’t know when anything was. He just created a Facebook account last week, and I think somebody else created it for him. He sure can catch fish though.”  Read more…


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