This year, WVU’s Fishing Club has two teams competing for national championship titles in both the Bassmaster Carhartt College Series National Championship and the FLW Yeti College Fishing Series National Championship. The teams consist of two anglers each, with the team of Nolan Minor and Casey Lanier, and the team of Branden Newcome and Michael Shughart representing WVU. In addition, the team of Nolan Minor and Casey Lanier is currently ranked fourth in the nation for the BASS College Team of the Year.
BASS offers four separate tournaments that are open to all college students, with the top ten percent of participants qualifying for the Bassmaster National Championship. These tournaments span three days, and typically house upwards of two hundred and fifty teams. The national champions are invited to the Bassmaster Classic.