Two Columbus State University bass anglers caught a trophy this past weekend.
The CSU fishing club team of Casey Cook and Christopher Light won the National Guard FLW College Fishing Southeast Division tournament at Wheeler Lake near Decatur, Ala. With six bass weighing 11 pounds, 14 ounces, the team beat 39 other teams from schools across the Southeast.
Cook and Light won $10,000 to be split with the university.
Light and Cook noticed mayfly activity along the lake shore, and figured bass would be lured to shore by other fish eating the mayflies.
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“Just about everyone else fished the deep waters, but we caught about 20 bass from the shallow banks with a white glitter trick worm,” Light was quoted as saying in a CSU press release.
Light is from Cumming, Ga. Cook is from Kennesaw.
Cook and Light earned degrees in May, but will compete for CSU in the tournament’s final rounds.
According to CSU, this victory advances them to a 20-team field for Nov. 21-23 regional finals at Monroe Harbor in Sanford, Fla. From there the top five teams go to the national finals in Knoxville, Tenn., April 10-12.
CSU has a 10-member bass fishing club that formed in February under the CSU Campus Recreation Club Sports program (http://campusrec.colstate.edu/clubsports.asp).
The college bass fishing tournament (http://www.collegefishing.com) is one of 12 tournament trails hosted by FLW Outdoors, named for Ranger Boats founder Forrest L. Wood.