Ferris State Fishing Club Starts out 2019 Season

The members of the 2019 Fishing Club are gearing up for a strong season. The club finished third in the Michigan College Bass Circuit (MCBC) and the FSU team of Garrett Gordon and Derek Haller ended the College Bass Tour (CBT) third on the season.

The 2019 season won’t be much less work and travel for the club. There are 7 teams registered for the MCBC and 6 teams for CBT. The first stop is Muskegon County where they will start the CBT season on Muskegon Lake on May 25. This could be the toughest fishing they see all season with it being opening day for bass and several other tournaments on the lake. On May 26. the teams will venture north to Whitehall and start off the MCBC series on White Lake, a tough lake to fish any time of the year. The team that can get on the fish will do well as there are some big bass in that body of water.

Returning senior Derek Haller is hoping his new partner senior Tristan Sheteron will be able to pick up where he finished last year with the big bass of the final MCBC tournament on Lake Charleviox. Tristan did well last year also in both circuits, so this team should be a contender for team of the year. Also returning are: Bryce Canada, Dylan Matus, Mason Houston, Emily Paulsen, Grant Fry, Colin Helder, Zach Demitroff, Brandon Nastally, and Matt Cook. Several new or returning students are also heading out for the Dawgs, Noah Stauffer, Zane Brodie, Derek Nolin, Ally Waldron, Garrett Reames, Nicholas Iorfida, and Joe Willett will join up with the experienced members to represent the university.

The club has a busy schedule, and on June 23 they will venture to Higgins Lake for the first collegiate tournament on that lake. The following week they will fish Houghton Lake, which most members have fished several times in the last few years. On July 14 they travel to Motown to fish Lake St. Clair.

August will bring the club to familiar water when they fish Sanford Lake on Aug. 4. The Dawgs should do well as a few members have cottages on the lake. Bryce Canada is the inside favorite for the club, but his last venture to these home waters didn’t go so well. On Aug. 10, the club will go back to Lake St. Clair for the final CBT tournament of the season.

Finishing the in-state seasons, the teams that qualify (have fished in 3 of the 4 MCBC regular tournaments) will compete in a two-day season championship on Hubbard Lake in Alpena County.

The final tournament on the schedule is the rescheduled Cabela’s Collegiate Fishing “Big Bass Bass’ on Kentucky Lake in Paris, TN. This tournament is scheduled for spring, but the water conditions caused the organizers to postpone the tournament. This will be a tough test after all the tournaments on this nationally ranked top ten lake according to BASS.

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