The bass fishing team at Valdosta State University is living up to the hype.
Vadosta State is keeping pace with the big guns of college fishing and now they're gaining notoriety too.
Valdosta, Georgia became famous for pretty much one thing: winning. Thus, back in 2007, ESPN dubbed this small town "Titletown, USA." Seriously, Valdosta beat out powerhouse sports cities such as Boston, Green Bay, and L.A. for its "high school tradition, young but powerful Division II college football and overwhelming spirit."
Now that the Valdosta State Blazer Bass Team, from the Division II university, has been named the Cabela's Collegiate Bass Team of the Week, the residents and supporters where not really surprised. Around here, success just comes with the territory.
They placed 9th overall in the Carhartt B.A.S.S. Southern Regional at the St. Johns River. Not too shabby, especially for a university that only has 5 members in its entire fishing team.
"Right now we are a small team with only five members, but we've been getting a lot of exposure through our tournament finishes over the past few years," Michael Harbach, team captain, said. "We recently became a club sport a few months ago, which has helped give us some notoriety on campus. Now there have been a lot of people that have recently wanted to join because of the success they see that the Valdosta State Bass Team has had."
Harbach's favorite aspect of leading his crew is competing against other schools. He appreciates the high level of respect all the fishermen from different universities, both large and small, share for one another. Still, there's nothing quite like finishing ahead of some of the larger schools.
"As a team we are planning on competing in at least six ACA Sanctioned events. Everyone's goal is to win the national championship, but as a young team our goal is to compete in as many tournaments as we can to get the Valdosta State Bass Team name out there and grow as team," Harbach added.
VSU is gaining nice momentum. Not only are they Cabela's #1 fishing team for the week, the fellas are also ranked #14 overall in Cabella's School of the Year rankings.