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03/26/2016
    3RD PLACE AT 2016 CABELA'S COLLEGIATE OPEN
    Team members Levi Sharp and Dakota Sparks pulled in a 3rd place finish on Lake Dardenelle at the 2016 Cabela's Collegiate Open.
03/29/2015
    LSU TEAM MEMBER TAKES 1ST PLACE IN PRO BASS CHALLENGE
    Brent Bonadona and Zach Remedies duked it out with Mother Nature over the weekend, and both came through Sunday with big money from the 15th Pro Bass Challenge. Full story...

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02/17/2011
    LSU-BAMA RIVALRY BRANCHES OFF INTO FISHING
    It’s LSU versus Alabama.

It’s Tigers and The Tide; purple and gold against a sea of crimson; and, deep down in your Southeastern Conference heart of hearts only football could stir emotions between these two universities to a fevered-pitch level.

Decades of pitched clashes on the gridiron, baseball diamonds and basketball courts have left most folks believing even something as benign as tiddly winks between these two could and would draw blood.

Try bass fishing.

Yep, Sunday the Tigers and the Crimson Tide will send six anglers each out into the Belle River-Lake Verret area to determine bass bragging rights. Full story...

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02/16/2011
    FISHING BASS AND TAKING NAMES
    his weekend, the biggest fishing tournament in the world will collide with one of the biggest rivalries in college sports on Louisiana’s own Mississipi Delta.

For the second straight year, the annual Bassmaster Classic will host the College Classic. Last year’s champions, Alabama, will take on the LSU fishing club in a three-boat, six-angler battle for Louisiana lunkers and intra-conference pride. Full story...

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02/01/2011
    BASSMASTER COLLEGE CLASSIC PITS DEFENDING CHAMP ALABAMA AGAINST LSU
    Longtime SEC football rivals Louisiana State University and the University of Alabama will meet Feb. 20 not on the field, but on the water.

The LSU and Alabama bass fishing teams will compete that Sunday in the Bassmaster College Classic on Louisiana's Lake Verret. At the same time, the world's top anglers will be competing elsewhere on the Louisiana Delta on the final day of the 41st Bassmaster Classic, the world championship of bass fishing, out of New Orleans.

The one-day, combined-weight college tournament will award bragging rights, a coveted trophy and the right to come back to defend their title next year. All team members will weigh in on the Bassmaster Classic stage just before the final 25 contenders for the Classic crown appear.

A walk across the biggest stage in the sport will be among the trip's highlights for Logan Mount, a junior from Leesville, La., majoring in wildlife ecology and serving as president of the LSU Fishing Team.

"No place we've been is going to compare to the crowd of a Bassmaster Classic, so I'm very excited about the weigh-in," said Mount, who has fished on the LSU team since he was a freshman.

Bassmaster College Classic
Alabama won the right to compete this year by triumphing last year in the inaugural Bassmaster College Classic.

Six anglers will represent each school, two to a boat. The winner will be determined by adding the weights of the fish brought in by each boat. The team with the highest weight will win.

Alabama won the right to compete this year by triumphing last year in the inaugural Bassmaster College Classic. Alabama's 24 pounds, 8 ounces to Auburn's 15 pounds, 5 ounces was a definitive win.

A repeat might be tough. The one official practice day of Feb. 18 will be Alabama's only opportunity to learn the water, said Ben Weldon, president of the Alabama Fishing Team. Tuscaloosa, Ala., is too far away to make a pre-competition trip viable, he said.

"We feel we can figure something out," said the senior from Wetumpka, Ala., who is majoring in urban and environmental planning. "Our anglers are very capable going into a new lake and finding fish. We feel we have a good shot even though we have no experience on this particular lake."

The playing field may be more even than he guesses: Most of the LSU anglers aren't familiar with Verret either, Mount said. But with Baton Rouge about an hour's drive to the fishery, LSU can scout before the off-limits period kicks in Feb. 1, he said.

"Our whole team will be putting in practice time. We want to do well; we want to be victorious," Mount said.

The two teams have met before in the same college-level competitions but never in a team faceoff. The built-in rivalry is enough to fire up both teams.

"It's another Deep South battle," Weldon said. "We're two fishing teams, both with a lot of pride in our fishing and in our schools."

Said Mount: "When we're going against another SEC team, especially Alabama, we'd like to come out on top. But with fishing, it's not as intense as football — it's a more friendly competition — but that doesn't mean we aren't serious about it."

Alabama Team
Ben Weldon
Warren Hoffman
Dustin Connel
Jeremy Christian
Brian Morrow
Drew Sanford

LSU Team
Logan Mount
Mason McCain
Doug Greenman
Travis Laurent
TJ Goodwyn
Douglas McClung

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01/27/2011
    FISHING HARD, FOR LSU
    Could collegiate angling lead to a career in pro tournament fishing? It certainly seems like a good way to start. And some of the anglers at LSU are on a mission to win as many tournaments as they can, while representing the university to the best of their abilities—with an eye on the possibilities it could open up, in the long run.

“College fishing has grown significantly in the past few years and I don’t think it’s going to stop growing,” said LSU team President Logan Mount. “Just about every major university across the nation has a bass team and hopefully in the future college scholarships will come along for collegiate anglers. I really feel as if the college level tournaments are a stepping stone to the next level of competitive bass fishing. I know that some of the guys I fish against are going to fish at the professional level, and hopefully, I will be one of them.”

Creating a career in the fishing industry, be it as a tournament angler or on the business end of things, is a theme we’ve heard from many collegiate bassers. And it’s no wonder—find a job doing something you’re passionate about, and you’ll have a great career. Fishing is, of course, something these up-and-comers care deeply about.
LSU anglers show their stuff.

“I got into fishing at a really early age,” Mount said. “Both my father and grandfather fished and they were really the ones that introduced me to fishing and the outdoors. My grandfather has been taking me to Colorado fly-fishing in the summers for years now and my dad and I have been bass fishing since I can remember. It also helps that I have lived on Anacoco Lake all my life; I have been catching fishing since I was probably three years old. Fishing is something that I love to do and I wouldn’t be who I am today without it. When I heard that some guys were trying to get a college fishing club together, I was all ears. I went to the first meeting and was sold. In our first tournament my partner and I finished fifth, so it was a good start.”

LSU’s 14-member team has done well since coming together in 2008, with multiple top-five and top-10 finishes. In the College Bass National Championship this year LSU finished in fifth and for the second year in a row, will be fishing the FLW National Guard College Fishing Regional Tournament.

“We’re still looking for that first-place finish,” Mount said. In the meantime, they’ve taken some big steps in communicating and promoting the team. The impressive LSU web site (www.lsufishing.com), created by Lana Kernan, helps the team look serious; “we take the fishing seriously and we want sponsors and supporters to see that,” Mount added. Full story...

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07/14/2010
    CLOSE, BUT NO CIGAR
    LSU fishing team runs into trouble on final day of bass tourney Full story...

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03/21/2010
    IF YOU LIKE TO FISH, LSU HAS A PLACE FOR YOU
    Louisiana State University hasn't had a stellar spring semester so far. Budget cuts continue between celebrations for the school's 150th anniversary. The men's basketball team has failed to compete after last year's run.

Yet, there is one future bright spot on campus: the fishing club.

Without university funding, a group of 16 students have performed well in various tournaments over a two-year period in a fast-growing college sport. Full story...

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03/18/2010
    COLLEGE BASS FISHING TEAMS CATCHING ON
    In an area where fishing is a way of life for many, wouldn't it be unbelievable to be able pay your way through college on a bass fishing scholarship?

And no, this is not some sort of a joke.

With some help from the Association of College Anglers, youngsters who have been bitten by the bass fishing bug may get the opportunity to fund their college tuition by bass fishing.

"We have scholarships for wins, and major fishing companies also offer scholarships based on wins and even essays written by anglers," said Wade Middleton, tournament director for the ACA. Full story...

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03/08/2010
    LSU FISHING TEAM STRUGGLES FOR RECOGNITION
    Louisiana State University hasn't had a stellar spring semester so far. Budget cuts continue between celebrations for the school's 150th anniversary. The men's basketball team has failed to compete after last year's run. Even the women's basketball team, a usual suspect in the NCAA tournament, currently is out of the Top 25.

Yet, there is one future bright spot on campus: the fishing club.

Without university funding, a group of 16 students have performed well in various tournaments over a two-year period in a fast-growing college sport. Full story...

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02/18/2010
    LSU FACEBOOK NEWS
    See, this is why you read a blog in the morning instead of the paper. Where else are you going to find info on the LSU Fishing team? Besides those completely awesome uniforms, SP Blake Carrier and SR Logan Mount are doing pretty well this season. After finishing 7th in last year's Regional Championship, the team had a great showing at the Falcon Lake, Tx meet taking second with 6 catches for 28-13. That got them $5,000 in scholarship and team funding money. In it's second year of official existence, LSU Fishing has nearly 25 members (split into two-man teams for tournaments) and is looking for sponsorship. Unlike NCAA teams, I believe club teams (Like LSU Hockey, more on them later) are essentially an extension of UREC, so they can take money but I'm not entirely clear on this. Anyone with a better grasp of this, sound off in the comments. Their next event is probably the Toledo Bend meet in June.

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02/11/2010
    LSU'S FISHING TEAM MAKES BIG SPLASH
    BATON ROUGE – As the sun rises over Falcon Lake near Zapata, Texas, everything is still. The sun’s colors warm the surrounding trees, the birds come to life and the bass wake in their proper shelters in depths beneath the water. But on that exact morning in January, it didn’t take long before the waters gave way to 40 boats for the National Guard FLW College Fishing Tournament. Full story...

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02/01/2010
    LSU FISHING TEAM MAKES COMPETITIVE SPLASH, HEADED TO REGIONALS
    As the sun rises over Falcon Lake near Zapata, Texas, everything is still. The sun’s colors warm the surrounding trees, the birds come to life and the bass wake in their proper shelters in depths beneath the water. But on that exact morning in January, it didn’t take long before the waters gave way to 40 boats for the National Guard FLW College Fishing Tournament.

Three of those boats belonged to Louisiana students and fishermen—taking second, third and fourth places in the tournament. This may not come as a surprise, as many know Louisiana to be a sportsman’s paradise with its lush riverbanks, hiking trails, rare wildlife and fruitful hunting seasons. For the sportsmen, who are also students, the calls have been answered. Yes LSU, there is a fishing team.

Animal sciences senior Blake Carrier and wild life ecology sophomore Logan Mount represented LSU in their purple and gold jerseys, taking second place in the tournament after weighing in six bass—28 pounds, 13 ounces—making it their personal and team bests. The LSU-Shreveport team took third place and the Louisiana-Lafayette team placed fourth.

While the tournament paid the LSU team $5,000, half for the club fund and half for the university, the real prize is qualifying for the National Guard FLW College Fishing Regional Championships. Full story...

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