June 29, 2012
From: Laura Woodard Clark, Director of Media Relations
ULM fishing team lands #2 national ranking from Association of Collegiate Anglers
The University of Louisiana at Monroe fishing team finished the 2011-2012 season ranked second nationally after competing in fishing tournaments sanctioned by the Association of Collegiate Anglers.
ULM's fishing team, ranked second in the nation. From left: Trapper Munn, Jacob Slade, Jackson Blackett, Paul Clark, Brian Eaton, Nick LeDart and Blake Deron.
ULM’s national rank was confirmed after competing in the 2012 Collegiate Bass Fishing Open on Kentucky Lake in Paris, Tenn., on June 23-24, where ULM finished in eighth place.
National ranking is based on the ACA’s point system, with 160 collegiate teams competing this year.
Team advisor Dan Chason, a captain with ULM’s police department, said, “After day one we were sitting in 13th place in the two-day event. We had a good second day and finished in 8th place, which outdistanced both Arkansas and Arkansas Tech. Arkansas Tech had fished in more events this year than ULM and accumulated more points which gave them the national title. Second in the nation is quite an accomplishment for these young men.”
Team member Paul Clark is confident about next year’s season based on this season’s performance.
“We worked hard and fished harder to get where we finished this year and next year we have set our sights on first place and no less!”
Also serving as a fishing team advisor is ULM Police Chief Larry Ellerman.
ULM fishing team members and officers are:
- Paul Clark, president, Monroe
- Nick Ladart, vice president, Monroe
- Brian Eaton, treasurer, Monroe
- Jackson Blackett, Sterlington
- Blake Deron, Monroe
- Trapper Munn, Oak Grove
- Brett Preuett, Colfax
- Jacob Slade, Bastrop
About the Association of Collegiate Anglers
The Association of Collegiate Anglers (ACA) was formed to create a national, unified voice for the country's collegiate anglers, through an affiliation with the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship and related programs.
The organization has been made possible by a joint effort among The Bass Federation Inc. (TBF), Careco Multimedia, and a host of supporting companies.
With nearly 30,000 members across 47 states, TBF is the nation's oldest and largest organized national fishing group.
The ACA is a "federation" under the TBF umbrella, having its own board of directors, by-laws, and benefits. Included in the benefits are club insurance coverage, access to conservation and equipment grants and more.
Any school recognized fishing club with at least six members can join the ACA.
For more information about the Association of Collegiate Anglers, visit www.collegiatebasschampionship.com