Fishing team established as new club sport at WSC
WAYNE, Neb. -- For those that have or are considering finding a fishing activity and doing it competitively, Wayne State College has a new Fishing Team. The club was created in Spring 2022 by senior Brayden Sharp.
For the past four years, Sharp has been fishing with a local club circuit that includes Nebraska, Kansas, and South Dakota. He began fishing while growing up and now claims he's been "hooked" ever since.
"I have been fishing since I was a little kid with my dad and grandpa," said Sharp. "One day my dad signed up my brother, dad, and me for a father-son tournament at a lake we grew up on, and I have been 'hooked' ever since. I love the competitive atmosphere and enjoying God's beautiful creation of the outdoors."
The Fishing Team competes in tournaments during the college-sanctioned event season, beginning in April and going through October. They will fish in the smaller events of the club circuit, as well as things such as the national tournament hosted by Major League Fishing (MLF) and B.A.S.S. Nation. Fishing competitions are usually two-person team events, with the scoring getting based in the most weight per limit of five fish.
The inaugural season in 2022 has been competitive, said Sharp. The team won their first tournament in May, weighing in at 18.42 pounds on their first day and then 11.57 pounds on their second. They finished top third in a two-day total of 26.91 pounds in a June tournament.
The club holds their monthly meetings at Sky View Lake in Norfolk, and they keep the days and times flexible for the members, said Sharp.
To be in the club, students must have a minimum of a 2.0 GPA and have access to a fishing boat. Sharp said that the fishers should ideally have a boat longer than 16-feet with at least a 50-horsepower engine. To acquire a boat, Sharp suggested students could team up with or borrow from a friend, parent, or someone else who may own a boat.
There is travel involved too since competitions are held on large bodies of water to hold the number of teams that can compete, which could be 200 or more teams.
“This club does require a lot of gear; however, fishing competitively is extremely fun, and the people and connections you make on these trips are amazing,” said Sharp. “Competitive fishing can be expensive, so Wayne State is fortunate enough to cover most of the costs that go into tournament fishing. I am already partnered with several fishing companies, and I have heard from a few of my companies that they will take on new members that I bring on as part of their promotional staff teams.”
Sharp claims there is tournament rewards such as cash and prizes at every event. There are also some opportunities for free gear and discount codes for the new team members.