JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF
BEAUMONT — Angelo State University anglers Logan Clark and Matt Freeman finished 29th out of 50 teams at a regional fishing tournament Oct. 25-26 on Lake Sam Rayburn.
Clark, a 2011 graduate of Marble Falls High School, and Freeman caught four fish weighing 7.9 pounds.
“We had a tough day (Oct. 25),” Clark said. “The water slicked off, had no wind whatsoever, and it hurt our fish we had located during practice. We also lost a troll-motor blade at noon and lost 45 minutes of fishing time to go get it replaced back at the ramp. That’s just fishing sometimes.”
Clark, who was on the football team as well as the fishing club in high school, attended the university to play football. But when that didn’t work out, Clark decided to join the fishing team.
In January, he was elected president of the team.
ASU had a duo compete in the national fishing tournament last year where they finished third. The university’s fishing team was started in 2008.
The Rams conduct a big tournament at the beginning of each year that serves as a bonding trip.
“It’s a great time to get to know everybody and really come together and learn everyone’s style, more or less,” Clark said.
He adds there’s a big difference between competing at the collegiate level versus in high school.
“The competition is a lot stiffer,” he said. “We compete against teams from Auburn and Arkansas State. Those guys have sticks. We’re a small West Texas college. Those guys are all over the Internet.”
Still, the former Mustang said he does not believe he could be on the ASU team without being a member of the fishing club at Marble Falls High School.
“You learn a lot in high school,” he said. “You learn to fish different styles. All the lakes are different, they’re totally different.”
But the same mechanics apply. Clark may use different bait from lake to lake, but the way he drops a line may not change.
Now that he’s the president, Clark said there’s only one way to recruit.
“We recruit by doing well,” he said.