Print / Share  


LSUS Takes 5th at BASS National Championship

August 01, 2016

On the final day of fishing at the BASS Collegiate National Championship, J. P. Kimbrough and Jared Rascoe weighed five fish for a three day total of 26 lbs, 11 ounces, vaulting the team from 10th place to 5th place in the final standings.

"I am so proud of them," said fishing team faculty advisor Dr. Karen James, "They did a fantastic job in less than ideal weather conditions. J.P. and Jared needed bright sunlight to catch fish on their primary pattern but instead faced driving rain on day 1 and showers and cloudy skies on days 2 and 3. The fact that they finished 5th in the nation on their backup pattern shows that J.P. and Jared are outstanding fishermen."

Finishing in 5th place was a bitter sweet ending to the grueling three day tournament for Kimbrough and Rascoe. Following the Championship, members of the top 4 teams moved to Kentucky Lake for a match tournament in which the eight individuals will be pitted against one another until a single winner emerges. The person who wins the match tournament earns a place in the Bassmaster Classic, the premiere professional fishing event.
"It just hurts a little getting so close to having an opportunity to fish for my dream," said Kimbrough.

"I feel for them both," said James. "Although they missed finishing fourth by less than a pound, their 5th place finish still puts them in the top 1% of teams who fished BASS Collegiate Tournaments this year. That's fantastic."

This is the second national championship tournament in which a team from LSUS has finished in the top 5. Earlier this summer, Kimbrough and DeVine DeRamus finished second at the Associate of Collegiate Anglers' national tournament. Rascoe has already qualified with Christian Brown for the FLW national championship in spring of 2017, and Kimbrough hopes to do the same at a fall FLW tournament.

"It's been a great year for the LSUS fishing team," said James. "I expect great things in the future too."

The LSUS fishing team relies on donations to pay for gas, lodging, food and fishing licenses. If you would like to donate, please contact Dr. Karen James at (318) 797-5024 or via email at

Apply Visit Request Information