HSU Bass Fishing Club Reels in a Real Catch

ABILENE, Texas - "This is an incredible achievement for these two students," says HSU Bass Club faculty sponsor Dr. Jana Wesson-Martin.  This past Saturday, the fledging Hardin-Simmons University bass fishing team won the the FLW College Fishing Southern Conference event on Lake Amistad, near Del Rio.

HSU students Randy Sullivan, a junior economics major from Woodson, Texas, and Hubbell Allen, a history major from Graham, Texas, bagged the tournament when they pulled in five bass weighing 17 pounds, 13 ounces. The victory earns the club $2,000 and advances team members to the FLW College Fishing Southern Conference Invitational tournament.

Wesson-Martin, assistant professor of composition and director of the HSU Writing Center, says she's proud of her students and is thrilled to be the faculty sponsor of the team, even though she personally does not consider herself much of a fisherwoman. She says she started sponsoring the club after Sullivan asked her to be the faculty sponsor, saying she has enjoyed having Randy in class for several semesters.

Allen says going to the tournament this year was a little about redemption. "We had some bad luck last year in this tournament," says Allen. "We had some mechanical problems and problems with our trolling motor and ended up with a really disappointing finish." Allen told a reporter for Wired 2 Fish, "We knew we were better than that and we really felt that we had to come back and redeem our bass club."

According to an article, Allen says, "This is definitely our club's biggest win to date. Being a smaller school, we've got around 20 members. We're out fishing and practicing every weekend, and we'll take anyone at our school out that is interested in fishing."

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Top 15 teams advancing to the Southern Conference Invitational tournament are:

1st: Hardin-Simmons University – Randy Sullivan and Hubbell Allen (five bass, 17-13, $2,000)

2nd: Oklahoma State University – Jacob Fish and Cameron DeBorde (five bass, 15-8, $1,000)

3rd: New Mexico State University – Nicholas DiCamillo and Jesse Wilkinson (five bass, 13-12, $500)

4th: Angelo State University – Ryan Easterly and Ethan George (five bass, 13-10, $500)

5th: McMurry University – William Cooper and Colt Carlton (five bass, 13-0, $500)

6th: Stephen F. Austin University – Blaze Platt and Kyle Turner (five bass, 12-15)

7th: University of Louisiana-Monroe – Nick Ladart and Brian Eaton (five bass, 12-12)

8th: Tarleton State University-Stephenville – Hunter Edwards and Kehl Robbins (five bass, 12-12)

9th: Texas A&M University – Tyler Bradfield and Reid O'Connor (five bass, 12-9)

10th: McNeese State University – Keith Suire Jr. and Brian Murphy (five bass, 12-9)

11th: Baylor University – Joseph Garland and Alton Jones (five bass, 12-6)

12th: Louisiana Tech University – Matthew Loetscher and Caleb Boudreaux (five bass, 12-5)

13th: Texas A&M University-Kingsville – Cody Garrett and Colton Cavazos (five bass, 12-0)

14th: Texas State University – Justin Chambers and Kevin Hoes (five bass, 11-15)

15th: University of Oklahoma – Landon Dixon and Paul Muzijakovich (four bass, 11-14)

Complete results can be found at

The Hardin-Simmons Bass Club represents the University through competition with other colleges in FLW National Guard College Fishing tournaments, Mercury College Bass, and other fishing trials and tournaments on a local, regional, and national basis.

Information for this story provided by HSU Sports Information.

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