San Antonio, TX (February 24, 2020) – The scales have closed at Umphrey Pavillion and the sun has set on the Association of Collegiate Angler’s first major event of the year, the Texas Lunker Challenge presented by Mossy Oak Fishing.
This one-day big bass format event provided plenty of excitement as hundreds of the nation’s best young college anglers competed on a world-class fishery. Sam Rayburn Reservoir once again proved why it is one of the best bass lakes in the country. Matthew Dorcz from Schreiner University claimed overall top honors with a largemouth bass weighing 8.45 pounds.
Dorcz launched on to Sam Rayburn Reservoir this morning as boat number 31. Fishing by himself, he decided to target shallow grass lines around mid-morning and that’s when he ran into the tournament winning fish. “I went up shallow…found some grass, some good hydrilla. I just started throwing around in about four feet. She just hit my Carolina rig and that was it,” noted Dorcz. That bass tipped the scales at 8.45 pounds, giving the Schreiner University angler his first victory at a major collegiate tournament.
Not only was this Dorcz’s first big-time victory on the college stage, but it’s also the first of its kind for his university. Coached by Raymond Holloway, this is the first year in which Schreiner University has been competing as a team out on the college circuit. The Texas Lunker Challenge presented by Mossy Oak Fishing is also the first ACA ran event the school has fished. “It’s a big deal. This is our first year as a program, and to come out here and do something like this in a big tournament like this…It’s big. It’s putting our school out there for sure,” added Dorcz. Be on the lookout for this week’s episode of the Rapala #WeAreCollegiateBass Podcast as we will speak with the winner and his coach more in-depth about the victory and their school. Read More.
For complete results from the Texas Lunker Challenge, click here.
For more information about the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, please visit www.CollegiateBassChampionship.com.