Bass Anglers plan to rock the boat and win regional competition in the future

Club offers career path and hobby for students

By Sydney Wegner
On September 11, 2015

Some students find their calling on the basketball court or on stage in theater club; the Bass Anglers find theirs on a boat with a fishing rod in their hand.

Bass Anglers is a club at ASU that allows students to come together to enjoy the sport of fishing.

Logan Clark, who was president of the club last year, joined his freshman year. Clark said he joined because he loves the sport of bass fishing and enjoyed being around people who had the same interests.

Clark is now the secretary and tournament director of the club. He is a senior majoring in Criminal Justice and minoring in Wildlife Management.

In February of this year, Clark and Blake Turner, junior and third year club member, made it to the Southern Conference Championship regionals by qualifying at Lake Texoma. The regional championship is on Grand Lake in Oklahoma October 21-22, Clark said.

Clark said he is looking forward to the competition and feels confident because the club fished on Grand Lake last year and has a little bit of experience fishing on it.

“We are preparing by looking at fishing reports and actually are going to practice on it at the end of this month to get better knowledge of what the lake and fish are doing this time of year,” Clark said.

Clark said he has high hopes and is aiming towards nationals. In order to make nationals the team has to be in the top 10 at regionals, he said.

The members enjoy the fellowship involved with being a club along with competing with each other.

“While we are a competitive fishing team we also have members who just enjoy to relax and casually fish,” Scott Halbrooks, president of Bass Anglers, said. “Fishing is a relaxing and fun sport for all.”

Halbrooks, senior, is majoring in International Business with a minor in Spanish. The club doesn’t only hang out when they fish, they also hunt and take trips as a team, Clark said. Halbrooks said his favorite part of being in the club is the competition.

“It’s a huge challenge to fish against not only the great anglers we have here at ASU, but also the best anglers in the nation,” Halbrooks said. “Fishing on a competitive level intrigued me coming out of high school and I’m very glad I pursued it.”

Fishing as a team allows the members to learn from one another. Each angler has a certain way they like to fish: shallow, deep, slow or fast, Halbrooks said.

“I believe the organization makes me a better angler because of the competition, you also learn other techniques from other anglers in the club,” Clark said. “It’s really a big learning process and we all kind of help each other if we have questions.”

For some fishing can be a pastime or something they do to relieve stress, for Clark that is not the case.

“It’s my goal to make a career out of it and become professional, but we’ll see what happens in the next year or two after I graduate,” Clark said.

Clark said that he came to ASU to play football but decided he would rather spend his time on the front of a boat with a fishing pole in his hand.

Halbrooks said the club had a big influence on his college decision.

“There were a few different things that led me to choose ASU, but fishing was definitely a factor,” Halbrooks said. “My buddy Keegan, vice president of the club, told me about the team and I haven’t looked back.”

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