The SUNY Cobleskill Bass Fishing Club and Team just concluded its very first season, reeling in an impressive win for a first time collegiate fishing team! Mitchell Monini, a SUNY Cobleskill Fisheries and Aquaculture sophomore and the College’s Bass Fishing Club and Team President, took second at the New York Chapter of The Bass Federation Collegiate Cup Championship.
The New York Chapter of The Bass Federation Collegiate Cup Championship, an event which took place at Lake Champlain, attracts some of the most distinct Collegiate fishing teams the Northeast has to offer, including Penn State, West Point, SUNY Plattsburg and RIT. Monini, who represented SUNY Cobleskill on his own, placed the campus’ premier bass fishing team on the map by concluding the event with 5 Largemouth Bass for 15.8 pounds with a 4.98 lunker.
This accomplishment was preceded by Monini and his teammate Ben Casscles, a SUNY Cobleskill Fisheries and Aquaculture student in his junior year, placing within top five within both New York Chapter of The Bass Federation Collegiate Cup Championship qualifying events. The first, which took place at Schroon Lake, placed Monini and Casscles in 4th place. The second, occurring on the Mohawk River, put the duo in 2ndplace. Teams seeking a chance to compete for the collegiate cup must have placed in the top 12 in either qualifying event to advance to the Cup.
When reflecting upon why both he and Casscles were adamant in participating in both qualifying events, Monini said, “Ben and I knew that we didn’t have to fish both qualifying events, we could have easily stopped at the first one and called it a day – but we felt we needed to show the strength of our team.” Continuing on to say, “Our mentality was, say we fish it and do bad, we were where we were before, we fish it and do good, we’re ahead of the game.”
The Club, which was established in February 2014, provides an opportunity for any student at SUNY Cobleskill to connect with other likeminded individuals, “Fish-Heads”, who are passionate about bass fishing and competing throughout the Northeast in future collegiate bass fishing events.
“There’s so much talent and passion in this club, it’s great to see what this team has accomplished in such a short period of time. A fourth and two seconds, they are points leaders in a new circuit,” described SUNY Cobleskill Bass Fishing Club and Team Advisor, Roy Bilby. “I am confident that this team will continue to develop and advance in the future, placing the SUNY Cobleskill Bass Fishing Club and Team well on their way to being a dominate force in the collegiate bass fishing competition.”