SUNY Cobleskill’s anglers earned another milestone win this week, with first, second, and fifth place finishes at the New York The Bass Federation (NYTBF) Collegiate Cup Championship. The championship, held on Lake George, is the latest victory in what has been a season of accolade after accolade for SUNY Cobleskill’s bass fishers.
First place — and a championship trophy that has since made rounds through campus — went to the team of Tristen Bauer and Keegan Prime. Both are administrative members of the College’s Bass Fishing Club; Bauer is Vice President and Prime is Treasurer. The duo brought in a haul totaling more than 17.5 lbs. Second place finishers Nick Squires and Luke LeBlanc, with fifth place finishers Nick Petrou and Nick Wierman, combined to add nearly 25 more lbs. of bass.
In July, Drew Tiano and Tristen Bauer finished third out of 80 qualifying teams at the FLW Yeti College Fishing tournament on Cayuga Lake. That placement earned the paid an invitation to the 2019 College Fishing National Championships, as well as a $500 check for SUNY Cobleskill.
A month later, the Coby contingent picked up first and second place at the NYTBF Collegiate Qualifier on Black Lake. Bauer, paired once again with Prime, took the title. In all SUNY Cobleskill’s four participating teams reeled in more than 50 lbs. of fish.
The success of the Black Lake qualifier in August gained SUNY Cobleskill entry into the Collegiate Cup Championship, which was held on the final weekend of September 2018. Victory in the Championship has now earned SUNY Cobleskill a birth in the Cabela’s Collegiate Cup Bass Fishing Championship, which will take place on Pickwick Lake in AL next year.
“We have never won anything this big before,” says Petrou, a senior. He credits his education with helping advance his prowess on the water. “A lot of people go out to tournaments to fish but not many people know the science behind fish. Coming [SUNY Cobleskill] and taking all the classes we take in the Fisheries and Aquaculture major makes us better fishermen.”
From cash prizes to championship trophies to a brand-new boat (see below) the 2018 season is marked by hard work, tremendous skill, and plenty of magic. A meeting with President Terenzio was a fitting honor for the NYTBF Collegiate Cup Championship crew, which included SUNY Cobleskill Bass Fishing Club advisors Roy Bilby and Eric Struening.