LU fishing team qualifies for Regional Tournament
Two members of the Collegiate Anglers of Lamar, Quinton Evans and Colby Ogden, won the FLW College Fishing Southern Conference Tournament at Toledo Bend on Feb. 15, qualifying them for the Regional Tournament in Lake Sam Rayburn in October.
“This victory reasserts Lamar Collegiate Anglers as one of the preeminent clubs in the country,” said Kevin Smith, senior associate provost and faculty advisor for the team. “Having two teams finish so high speaks to the depth of our talent.”
Ranked fourth in the nation, Evans and Ogden weighed in a 19.2-pound bag of bass, beating 49 other teams, and earning $2,000 in club winnings.
“Catching a tournament winning fish is by far one of the best feelings ever,” Evans said. “You know after you catch that fish that you've just given your team a shot to win it. It's kind of a relief, but you know you have to keep fishing to try and improve your weight.”
The Collegiate Anglers of Lamar had another team, consisting of Brandon Simoneaux and Josh Bowie, place fourth, earning club winnings of $500.
“Lamar’s Collegiate Anglers of Lamar University has been very successful over the years and this year we are poised for a run for the Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship,” Kevin Smith said. “Currently, Lamar is ranked 28 out of more than 225 collegiate teams. The tournament season is about half over and there is a lot of bass fishing still to do.”
Established in 2008, the purpose of the LU Anglers is to unite men and women through the common bond of fishing. The Lamar fishing team has successfully beat schools such as Texas A&M University, Louisiana State University, and the University of Oklahoma in various tournaments. In 2010, the LU Anglers won regionals with a top prize of $50,000, a Ranger boat and outboard wrapped in Lamar’s red and white, and $25,000 for the university, while also qualifying for the National Championship.
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