Bass Anglers reels in awards

Bass Anglers do well during its ten years on campus

By Christian Hunick
On February 8, 2018

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The ASU Bass Anglers pose with their trophies and plaques.

Since its founding in 2008, Bass Anglers has reeled in several awards for ASU.

Adam Artnak, a former ASU student, founded the club as a way for both novice and experienced anglers to participate in tournament bass fishing and enjoy the tranquility of the outdoors.

No matter their skill level, students with an interest in bass fishing are encouraged to check out the club.

"We have members who started our organization as trained veterans of the sport, and we also have members who joined us without even knowing how to tie on their hooks," club president Will Curlee said. "Either way we invite you to come experience some of the great outdoors that San Angelo has to offer."

For those who would like to fish professionally, Bass Anglers at ASU gives individuals a place to start.

"The main fishing circuit we participate in is the FLW College Fishing Tour. We offer those who aspire to be tournament anglers a gateway to their dreams," Curlee said.

The top six anglers in the club by the end of a season will qualify to fish in the FLW qualifying tournament in the following year. Seasons begin in January and run until December.

Rankings are determined through weekly Sunday tournaments. Members receive points based on where they place in each tournament: first place gives 500 points, second gives 400, and so on until fifth place, below which no points are awarded.

So far this year, the team has fished two tournaments: Lake Coleman and O.H. Ivy. The next tournament will be on Feb. 11 at Amistad Reservoir.

One of the unique aspects of ASU’s fishing club is that no dues are required to join. Funds for jerseys, tournament entries and prizes are all collected through the team’s sponsorships.

Club meetings are held every Wednesday at 8 p.m. in Room 250 of the Vincent Building. Students who are interested in joining are welcome to attend and can contact the club president at wcurlee@angelo.edu for more information.

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