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LSU Shreveport to Compete in College Classic Fishing Tournament

February 02, 2012

While Bassmaster Classic finalists are duking it out on the last day of competition, Sunday, February 26 is also the date that LSU Shreveport will compete in the College Classic bass tournament on Cross Lake in Shreveport, La.

LSUS, ranked number 2 in the nation by, is excited to have been chosen to compete against two Southeastern Conference teams, Arkansas and LSU. According to LSUS team member Jake Woods, "We've got a conviction to prove that we're worthy of that second in the nation rank. We certainly couldn't do it without the support of our families; our university; and our sponsors, Damiki Fishing Tackle and Onyx Outdoor."

"A lot is on the line here with this tournament, bragging rights, and downright competition between two SEC teams" said LSUS team captain Joe Landry. "This is an interesting competition because it's about six guys working together to get the win. I would love to bring this trophy back to LSU Shreveport." The LSU team from Baton Rouge is the defending champion, having won the College Classic in 2011 when it was held in New Orleans.

Each school will field three boats containing two team members each. Each boat is eligible to weigh four fish. At the end of the day, the school with the heaviest combined weight of black and spotted bass will be awarded the College Classic crystal trophy. The weigh-in and award ceremony will take place at the Century Link Center prior to the final weigh-in of the Bassmaster Classic.

"This is an absolute dream come true being able to walk across the Bassmaster Classic stage in front of thousands of people at the CenturyLink Center," said Landy. Woods added, "We get to share the stage with the likes of VanDam, Swindle, Hackney, and a field of the best professional anglers that made it to the "Big Dance" - what's not thrilling about that?"

Neither Landry nor Woods believe that the Cross Lake venue offers a "home team" advantage. "Cross Lake bass can be finicky and change daily," said Landry. "The hometown advantage is minor," said Woods. "What we know before the off limit period will probably change at the end of February." Woods added, "Between the three collegiate circuits, jobs, and class, we don't have much time to enjoy our local fisheries."

Despite these challenges, both anglers look forward to the competition. According to Landry, "Cross Lake is usually a very tough lake, but as of right now, things could be very good. This abnormal winter we are having is liable to make the spawn come earlier than usual. As we progress towards February 26th, things are setting up well. Lake levels are up and the place is full of huge shad which could lead to some HUGE bass being brought to the scales."

So, which team will win the College Classic? "We're confident that we can figure them out in practice," said Wood. Landry adds, "Team work will be a huge factor for the winners, because each university has three boats each. All three boats need to bring fish to the scales to secure the win. I believe it will be very hard to bring a limit to the scales, but that's why they call it fishing, not catching."

LSU Shreveport Competitors
Team 1:
Joe Landry, Senior - Biology
Jake Wood, Senior - Management & Administration

Team 2:
Brenton Bird, Senior - Biology
Michael Gaydos, Freshman - Accounting

Team 3:
Gavin Havard, Junior - BioChemistry
Jason Rowe, Sophomore - Management and Administration

Dr. Karen James, Chair, LSUS Department of Management & Marketing, and LSUS Fishing Club Advisor contributed this story.

Media Contact: Karen James,

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