Members of the Tech Fishing Team will attend the Forrest L. Wood College Fishing Tournament on Sept. 18 at Lake Chickamauga. The team will fish several trails at this tournament, such as the Tennessee Collegiate Trail and the Southern Collegiate Trail.
It will be fishing against an assortment of schools, including Middle Tennessee State University, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Auburn University, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
The grand prize for its upcoming tournament is $10,000, a goal not out of its reach, according to President Seth Davis, and the team is allowed to use that money for scholarships. However, Vice President Ryan Maddux said that the possible scholarship money is not the only reason people should join the team.
“Being a member of the fishing team offers all its members a great overall experience,” Maddux said.
“I have met tons of friends through this club and formed friendships that will last past my college years. Also, the opportunity to travel is great. Who knows where we will end up next? Right now, a trip to Texas for a tournament is a big possibility for us.”
The club has about 15 active members and is growing all the time. The team has earned many awards, such as second place at the Southern Collegiate Championship at Wheeler Lake, third place in the Lake Chickamauga Championship and third place in the Angler of the Year competition against 73 other teams.
The team’s goals for this upcoming year are to win the Angler of the Year competition and the FLW National College Championship.
This year, the team is expecting to attend about 15 tournaments, but Davis wants to make it clear that you can be a member of the club and not attend those tournaments.
“We have members of this club who fish one tournament or never fish in a tournament at all,” Davis said.
“They just want to better their knowledge of the sport. Likewise, we have members who fish every weekend of the year and will attend many tournaments with the team this upcoming year. We even have an official sandwich maker.