SUNY Cobleskill’s Bass Fishing Team is having a summer for the ages.

In July, team members Drew Tiano and Tristen Bauer finished third out of 80 participating teams at the FLW Yeti College Fishing event, held on Lake Cayuga in Seneca Falls, NY. The duo earned an invitation to the 2019 College Fishing National Championships – and a $500 check for SUNY Cobleskill.

One month later, the Team collected what it was missing: first (and second) place tournament finishes, this time at the NYTBF Collegiate Qualifier on Black Lake on August 26. Bauer was joined by Keegan Prime atop the Qualifier leaderboard, finishing with a bag of more than 21 lbs. Nick Petrou and Nick Wierman finished in second place, bringing in nearly 15 lbs. of largemouth bass. In all SUNY Cobleskill’s Bass Fishing Team sent four teams to the event, combining to reel in more than 50 lbs. of fish.

bass fishing team hold up their winning catches

When they aren’t on the water, team members meet weekly as one of more than 40 student clubs at SUNY Cobleskill. The Bass Fishing Team and Club has a long record of success and student involvement, and today is led by faculty advisors Eric Struening and Roy Bilby. As one might expect, most students are enrolled in Fisheries and Wildlife programs, and earn valuable experience through participation in events and tournaments.

For more information check out SUNY Cobleskill’s Bass Fishing Club and Team on Facebook and follow their progress.