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April 20, 2012

ULM Fishing Invitational scores big

The University of Louisiana at Monroe hosted the first ULM Invitational fishing competition at the Ouachita River in Monroe on April 14-15.

Louisiana, Arkansas and Texas brought a total of 18 teams to the competition to battle the high winds and strong currents of the Ouachita.

The overall school competition saw ULM come in second place, with Haley Andrews of Shreveport catching the team's big bass on day one of the competition, which weighed in at 3.03 pounds. On day two of the competition, Blake Deron scored a 4.15 pounder for "big fish."

ULM was awarded with a king-sized trophy as the top school from Louisiana, after their overall second place finish. The trophy will be passed on to each year's champion for bragging rights as the best Louisiana school each year.

ULM President Dr. Nick J. Bruno claimed the trophy for his team and smiled as he "had just the right place in my office" to display the award.

Competitors were much appreciative of the staff and ULM Fishing Team as they were treated with breakfast and dinner on both days, with the PIKEs from ULM volunteering to cook and serve grilled hamburgers at the weigh in site.

The event was successful due to a large group of volunteers, sponsors, parents and the efforts of the hard working ULM Fishing Team.

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