The UWG Bass Fishing Club is set to begin another year of competition after skyrocketing to the top of the national rankings in their debut season. In their first competition, the Wolves finished tenth out of 120 in their first competition teams at the Carhartt College Series Southern Regional Tournament that took place in Tavares, Florida.
A dramatic first place finish in the 2013 Georgia College Bassmasters State Championship helped to establish UWG as a powerhouse on the water. The Wolves qualified for the 2013 Carhartt College National Championship, which took place at Chatuge Reservoir in Young Harris, Ga.
UWG anglers were successful in competition last year as well as in serving their community. They managed to organize a charity tournament in which the proceeds went to benefit those who were devastated by early summer tornados in Oklahoma.
Team president Kenny Johnson is not just hoping to replicate last season’s success, but to exceed it. “We’re looking to put at least four teams from UWG in the 2014 national championship,” said Johnson.
The team has grown from just a handful of members to over 20 during the off-season. Students are now transferring from other schools just to join the UWG Bass Fishing Team. The team has also added some female anglers since last year.
“We are a smaller fishing team and everybody is pretty tight,” said Johnson. “We try to take care of our members and by doing that, we are attracting more sponsors that way.”
Johnson and teammate Brandon Larry combined to be the only two competitors for the Wolves during the 2013 season. Many other colleges entered up to 14 boats in a single tournament. The field of competition for the Wolves is not narrowed by division classifications as it is in other sports, which increases the difficulty of winning competitions. UWG anglers face off against schools of any size from all across the country.
The duo will look to emerge as leaders among a promising squad of anglers for UWG. “We’ve got some members on the team who are just studs at fishing,” said Johnson.
The team is now practicing at various lakes in the southeast in preparation to compete in the coming months.