Information from: collegiatebasschampionship.com By Cody Levy
“I probably enjoy competing against other schools the most. It feels good when you go fishing and get to compete with teams from bigger and smaller schools. College fishing is a good community and we all respect each other but we still want to out-do the other guy at the same time" -Michael Harbach
Michael Harbach, Senior at Valdosta State University, doesn’t fish as much he would like, but as president of the Valdosta State Bass Team, Harbach gets the opportunity to fish competitively with his team at the collegiate level all year round.
“I probably enjoy competing against other schools the most. It feels good when you go fishing and get to compete with teams from bigger and smaller schools. College fishing is a good community and we all respect each other but we still want to out-do the other guy at the same time,” stated the Valdosta State University Bass Team President.
As a young fishing team, consisting of only five current members, the Valdosta State Bass Team is looking to grow. One way they have been able to gain publicity for their team has been through expanding their tournament schedule and competing in more events. The team’s recent 9th place finish out of the 124 boat field in the Carhartt B.A.S.S. Southern Regional at the St. Johns River certainly has given the team some credentials in the collegiate bass fishing community.
“Right now we are a small team with only five members, but we’ve been getting a lot of exposure through our tournament finishes over the past few years,” Harbach said. “We recently became a club sport a few months ago, which has helped give us some notoriety on campus. Now there have been a lot of people that have recently wanted to join because of the success they see that the Valdosta State Bass Team has had.”
The team is gaining more ground each year and is planning on not only growing in members, but growing in competition. The Valdosta State Bass Team wants to compete in more tournaments each season with hopes of putting a few W’s under their belt as well.
“As a team we are planning on competing in at least six ACA Sanctioned events. Everyone’s goal is to win the national championship, but as a young team our goal is to compete in as many tournaments as we can to get the Valdosta State Bass Team name out there and grow as team,” Harbach added.
Although currently ranked 14th in Cabela’s School of the Year Rankings, the Valdosta State University Bass Team is ranked number one for this week’s Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Team of the Week!
Check out the Valdosta State University Bass Team online at: https://valdosta.collegiatelink.net/organization/bass and on Facebook.
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About the Association of College Anglers
The Association of Collegiate Anglers, a division of Careco TV, is a sanctioning body developed to facilitate growth, development, and structure within competitive collegiate bass fishing. The ACA provides support to dozens of school operated regional events nationwide and owns the Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, the largest participatory collegiate tournament circuit in the country. With dedicated collegiate fishing programming on several television networks, four nationally televised collegiate bass fishing events, and thousands of members, the ACA is the leader in competitive collegiate bass fishing. For more information on the ACA, or the Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, visit www.CollegiateBassChampionship.com. For more information on CarecoTV, visit www.carecotv.com.