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2015

LSUS Bass Team Ranked #1 in the Nation

April 15, 2015

LSU Shreveport has continued to rank #1 in college fishing over the last 12 months, according to the Bassrankings.com website.  “I thought it was a typo at first,” said Jared Rascoe, a sophomore majoring in secondary education. “But when I looked at the rankings and points, we were #1!”    

LSUS has had at least one team finish in the top 15 in each of their last five tournaments.   In October of 2014, Jared Rascoe took big bass honors with a 7 pound 11 ounce bass on Sam Rayburn Lake.

J.P. Kimbrough and Jared Rascoe qualified for the FLW Southern Regional Championship in January of 2015 on Sam Rayburn Lake, where Jared caught another 7 pound bass.  “I'm pretty stoked to be qualifying!  Practice for us was a pretty tough experience, with the high winds, cold air temperatures, and driving rain. It was gut wrenching when our motor broke down before blast off, but with a never give up attitude and a little luck we were able to pull it off,” said J.P. (James) Kimbrough, a freshman Marketing major at LSU Shreveport.                            

In March of this year, Justin Gavin and James Avant (pictured at top) finished 15th in the Red River tournament which qualified them to fish the BASS National Tournament this summer.

“It was a great experience making the top 15 in my second tournament ever.  I can't wait to take the experience I learned in that tournament and apply that knowledge in the national championship tournament,” said Justin Gaskin.  Fishing partner James Avant added, “The water rise killed our bite in the area Saturday and we only managed one fish.  I didn't think we had enough to make the cut at weigh in, but I was extremely excited when I found out we made 15th and would get to fish in the National Championship.”

The LSUS Bass Club includes men and women who enjoy recreational or tournament fishing. Any full-time LSUS undergraduate or graduate student is eligible to join the Bass Club.  Club members fish together locally, help each other learn new techniques, and engage in fundraising to support the travel costs of team members who compete in collegiate tournaments.  To learn more about the LSUS Bass Fishing club or to become a member, contact the club faculty advisor Dr. Karen James at kjames@lsus.edu or Club President James Avant at AVANTJ50@lsus.edu.

Bassrankings.com is an independent website that ranks schools based on the overall performance of fishing teams fielded by a specific University.  Points are earned based on tournament results in three college series:  FLW College Fishing, BASS College Fishing, and the Association of Collegiate Anglers (ACA), as well as independent school open tournaments, invitational tournaments, and qualifier events.  Visit http://bassrankings.com/college-rankings.php for more information about rankings.                                                                                                                      

Photo 1: Jared Rascoe with 7 lb bass.
Photo 2: Left, J.P. Kimbrough; Right, Jared Rascoe on Day 2 of BASS College Red River Tournament. Red River Tournament Photo Credit: Shaye Baker, Bassmaster.com

 
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