There are only a few short days before the Bass Fishing team competes in their first fishing tournament of the 2018 season and it is about time to introduce the anglers for the team. I had the opportunity to reach out to the seniors and graduate assistant to ask them seven questions so you, the audience, can get to know them better. The questions are as follows: What is your name? What year are you in school? What is the major that you are studying? Where did you originally come from? What is your favorite type/piece of bait? Why do you love fishing? What is your greatest memory of fishing? Please enjoy as you learn more about the Seniors and Graduate Assistant.
The first senior on the roster for the Bass Fishing team is Ethen Glasson. Glasson is an Environmental Biology major from Montfort, Wisconsin, and his favorite type of bait is a ned rig. Glasson loves fishing because it is a way to spend time outdoors and relieve stress. His greatest memory fishing was when he and his father both caught their personal bests on the same day.
The next senior on the roster is Ryan Rakers. Rakers is a Mathematics major with a CIS (Computer and Information Science) minor from Carlyle, Illinois, and his favorite type of bait is a buzzbait. Rakers loves fishing because he enjoys the challenge it presents. “Absolutely nothing is easy about fishing big lakes. Fishing also brings great comradery between friends, teammates and everybody else in the industry. The entire industry has that feel to it.” His greatest memory of fishing was getting to travel the country with good friends, and getting to experience the beautiful outdoors that God has created for us.
The last person on the roster is someone that has already been introduced on the Papyrus. Some might ask, “Isn’t he a coach?” The answer to that is that is yes but anglers actually have five years of eligibility to fish in college. Shane Campbell is a first-year graduate student from Highland, Illinois, and his favorite lure is a jig. He feels like you can catch them any day of the year on a jig. Campbell loves fishing for three reasons. “First is the competition. It offers a level of competition that few other sports offer. In some tournaments, you are competing against 300 other teams in a single day and there are no divisions, so we fish against division one schools. Second, I really enjoy all the people I get to meet and friends I get to make. It is really neat seeing guys that you fished against and made friends with at all the events throughout the season. Third, I always enjoy going. Even when the fishing is tough or the weather is nasty. I am always glad that I just got to go!” Campbell’s best memory of fishing was his best day on the lake. It was 105 degrees outside, but he and his fishing buddy caught 83 bass that day and most of them were over three pounds. They had an absolute blast but could not stand the sunburns they were getting and they were out of drinking water.