Auburn Bass Sports Team Ranked Number One In The Nation
The Auburn Bass Sports Club Team outside the President’s mansion with Dr and Mrs Jay Gogue.
FLW Outdoors Magazine editors have ranked Auburn’s Collegiate Bass Sports Club,number one in the nation. Auburn finished last year ranked number two in the top 25. FLW Outdoors sanctions collegiate sport fishing tournaments, as well as a series of professional tournaments each year.
Some may read this and be thinking, “Auburn has a bass team?” I have to admit that was my reaction when I learned of the reality from Robert Melvin (one of its members) during tailgating at an Auburn Football game. Robert just graduated in December with a major in Communications.
I was surprised to learn from Robert, that since the club was started four years ago, these Auburn athletes have won numerous tournaments, had two athletes named as All Americans (Shaye Baker and Dennis Parker), have had graduates go on to the semi pro ranks, won a national championship, and have given Auburn close to $50,000.00 in winnings from the National Guard FLW College Fishing Series.
As a result of their accomplishments as well as their contributions to the Auburn University Foundation, President and Mrs. Jay Gogue honored the Tigers at a meal function last May at the President’s Mansion.
Dr Gogue was quoted as saying “We are very proud of the club members and their dedication to being student-athletes who represent Auburn so well. The club is among the top organizations at Auburn that truly give back to the university and the community.”
It currently has 30 members and was primarily established to compete against other universities in bass fishing in a team format.
The club has four qualifying events each semester to determine which members represent the fishing team in intercollegiate events. Three to four two-men teams are sent to tournaments throughout the southeast.
Competitive bass fishing is not your grandfather’s fishing with a cane pole and a can of worms. It’s work, hard work. Athletes have to catch the biggest fish in a specified period of time and wins are based on the top-five catches.Thus far this year, Auburn is undefeated.
I asked Robert what he would say to anyone who doubted that competitive fishing is a sport. “Well there is definitely skill involved and the anglers spend tons of practice time on the water.” He added, “To be competitive these guys have to be committed to practicing as much as eight to nine hours a day honing their skills, just like any other athlete.”
Bass fishing is the fastest growing collegiate sport in America. For Auburn to be ranked number one is no small achievement. That is especially true when one considers there are more than 235 schools that have college recognized fishing clubs; including the SEC, ACC, PAC 10, and Big 10 conferences.
Club Advisor Jann Swaim said, “We are very grateful to the tournament sponsors and to Auburn for providing the opportunity to participate in these events. The tournaments provide great experiences for our students and at the same time generate funds for Auburn.”
“(But) we don’t focus on winning prize money. Our goals are to maintain a high ranking through out the year, to represent Auburn to the highest standard, and to have pride in being a part of Auburn.”
Well these unsung heroes have definitely brought pride to the Auburn family with their victories, their donated funds to the university, and their number one ranking. I know the Auburn family joins me in saying thank you men and congratulations. Good luck this year and …
Hard work is right…
There is a huge difference in a pleasurable day at the lake, and what these guys do. You have to stay focused, in a positive frame of mind, and you must be in pretty good shape to stand on your feet for that length of time.
My hat is off to these guys.
I had no idea about the Bass Team.
That’s pretty cool!
My son is a huge fisherman (he’s 10) and we had a chance to meet one of the team members a few months back. It made my son’s day. I believe this is a sport that’s just going to get bigger across the country. Great read AubTigerMan!
Maybe by the time he is ready to enroll …
Auburn will be giving scholarships. There are a couple of colleges that are doing that now.
One other thing…
They need to sell those shirts through the bookstores. They’d make a fortune.
Auburn has a Bass Team?
How many other SEC schools can claim that?
I think they all do – Even Duke, Oregon, and Penn State have teams.
I know that Florida has won a national championship. And the 2011 Southern Collegiate Bass Fishing
SeriesTM that is held on several weekends culminating this weekend, has several SEC schools listed below Auburn in the standings, including UAT.
Most of them.
AU, UT, UF, LSU, MSU, UGA, SCAR all have teams that I know of.
This is the SEC, after all.
After I clicked on some of the links.
I saw that Alabama, and Florida all have teams too. But this was all news to me. Thanks ATM for the post. These guys are doing a great job and deserve the shout out.
Just found this article in my spam folder! Good thing I checked it!
Robert, Jordan, Shaye and all the others have done a wonderful job in representing the school. I know Robert definitely misses that fishing time now that he’s graduated. He really enjoyed it.
On the positive side, he’s much easier to schedule time with now when I’m in town! Serious fishing is definitely a commitment.
Welcome to Track’em Tigers Jessica.
Hope to see y’all at some games this fall.
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