August 14, 2017 – The Bryan College fishing team recently added one more accolade to their historic season’s resume: National Champions.
For the Lions, it was the work of freshmen Jake Lee and Jacob Foutz that led them to their first place finish in the Carhartt Bassmaster College National Championship, presented by Bass Pro Shops in Bemidji, Minn. The game plan of Lee and Foutz was to fish Lake Irving, a body of water just south of Bemidji Lake, and it proved to pay off. The key to all of the fish the Lions were able to catch came from juggling a frog lure early on and progressing to the shore.
“We don’t depend on any single individual, but each tournament there is a boat that steps up to the plate and delivers,” said coach Mike Keen.
In just the third year of the program’s existence, the Bryan Lions Fishing Program has recorded School of the Year and National Championship titles, establishing themselves as a collegiate fishing powerhouse.
“We had a frog bite going on and we caught a couple key fish every morning,” Foutz said. “As soon as the sun came up that bite faded and we would start flipping docks and shoreline cover.”
Lee and Foutz are now competing for a chance at becoming the Classic victor, which would earn them a spot in the 2018 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods, entry into all nine Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens next year, and a brand new four-door truck and boat wrapped in the school’s colors and the school’s name to use for the 2018-19 season.
“This week was amazing – it showed us that we can come here and compete with the best college anglers in the country,” Foutz said. “The goal is to always win a national championship, but now our sights are focused on the bracket. Hopefully, we can carry this momentum there.”
Written by Wesley Sanders, Sports Information Director