Will Hehemann | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences
PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Fishing Team took first place at the fall bass tournament of the Arkansas Collegiate Series held on Nov. 1 at Beaver Lake, near Rogers, Arkansas.
Aaron Porterfield, undergraduate student of fisheries biology, and Matt Skoog, graduate student of aquaculture and fisheries management, won the grand prize of $300.
“Although there is an element of luck involved in every level of fishing, what Aaron and Matt did required skill and experience as well,” Scott Jones, UAPB Fishing Team coach and small impoundment Extension specialist, said. “Neither of them had ever seen Beaver Lake or fished together competitively before, but their knowledge of fall bass tendencies led them to select the right location and lures to win.”
During the tournament, two-person teams of collegiate anglers from Arkansas, Missouri and Texas fished from boats for largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass between sunrise and 3 p.m. The criterion for winning the competition was catching the heaviest combination of up to five fish.
At the weigh-in, Porterfield and Skoog were the only participants out of 15 teams to bring in the 5-bass limit, at a total weight of 9.34 pounds.
The Arkansas Collegiate Series is hosted by the UAPB Fishing Team and consists of four single-day tournaments in the fall and a two-day championship in the spring.
The UAPB Fishing Team is almost entirely composed of students from the UAPB Aquaculture and Fisheries Department and was founded in 2011.