Sunday, July 22, 2007

NC State Fishing...

You just can't make this stuff up.

Collegians getting hooked on bass fishing in big way

Bass fishing is now a competitive collegiate sport with its own tournament trail, national sponsors and television coverage. The reigning champions, from North Carolina State, were greeted like rock stars at the American Sportfishing Association’s international show in Las Vegas last week.

The event was a showcase for the world’s largest fishing-tackle manufacturers.

“We’re here courting some larger sponsors on behalf of FOX College Sports,” said Chad Craven, a team member who recently graduated. “The sport is growing exponentially. It seems as though people carry over the enthusiasm from traditional college sports like football and basketball. Everybody has their own team, and it’s really taken off.”

The Wolfpack sent two squads to last year’s National Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship on Lake Lewisville, near Dallas. Craven and Alex Freeman, then a sophomore, took the final day of fishing with a five-fish limit of 13.57 pounds, easily beating out Eastern Kentucky and Oklahoma State. More...