Mid Michigan College’s Co-Ed Bass Fishing Team launched earlier this year for the Fall 2022 semester, and success has come early. In mid-October, four anglers traveled to Osage Beach, Missouri to compete in the Abu Garcia Major League College Fishing tournament held on Lake of the Ozarks.
Competing against 180 other college teams, Jaden Bovee (Coleman) and Hunter Falor (Beaverton) (pictured) entered a catch totaling 12.9 lbs, earning a 16th place finish. The team’s 4 fish bag was anchored by Falor’s 5lb+ largemouth bass.
Trent Rivers (Northville) and Mason Poet (Clare) also fished well with a strong two fish catch, and a 131st place finish.
The anglers focused on three key areas on the 85 square mile lake, with Falor’s 5lb+ fish being caught using a black and blue chatter bait. The team’s other fish were caught using traditional dropshot and Alabama rigs.
Falor is studying Outdoor Media, Bovee Outdoor Entrepreneurship, Rivers is pursuing a Business degree, and Poet is working toward becoming a Teacher. Both Falor and Bovee are also Hunting & Angling Scholars at the College.
“Tournament bass fishing isn’t like fishing for fun,” noted Falor. “Prior to the tournament we drove 12 hours to Missouri, spent 2 full days pre-fishing, and then another 12 hours driving back after the tournament—it was a great experience!”
“All four of Mid’s anglers put in a lot of time preparing before the tournament—they covered a lot of water pre-tournament and executed on their plans,” said Coach Bret Straffon. “Finishing in the top 10% of a 180-boat field on a lake you have never fished on is very tough! We’re very proud of both of our teams.”
Mid Michigan College competes in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) against other community colleges for conference and state championships. The Lakers also compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) for national tournaments. Mid currently fields teams in the following sports: men's basketball, women's basketball, men's and women's bowling, baseball, softball, bass fishing, and clay target shooting. A cross country will be competing in the Fall of 2023 and is currently recruiting.
For more information about Mid’s Athletic teams, visit midmich.edu/athletics, email email@example.com, or call (989) 386-6622 x548.