LSU bass fishing collegiate team upends Alabama

Lyle Johnson
The LSU Tigers Collegiate Bass Fishing Team holds up its trophy after defeating the defending champions, Alabama.

NEW ORLEANS – LSU put another whipping on the Alabama Crimson Tide over the weekend on Lake Verret as they competed in the second annual Bassmaster College Classic.

Alabama won the right to compete this year by triumphing last year in the inaugural Bassmaster College Classic.

Alabama’s 24 pounds, 8 ounces to Auburn's 15 pounds, 5 ounces was a definitive win.

In this competition, each school fields three two-man teams that may weigh a five bass stringer and then combine the weight of their total catches. The LSU team consisted of anglers Logan Mount, Mason McCain, Doug Greenman, Travis Laurent, TJ Goodwyn and Douglas McClung.

Out of a possible 15 fish (if each team managed a five-fish limit), Alabama brought nine bass to the Classic Stage and put them on the scales and weighed 20 pounds, 2 ounces. On the other hand, the Tigers brought in 13 fish to the scales for a total of 28 pounds-2 ounces.

“This was so much fun; winning here in front of the hometown crowd. You want to win at home because your home water is everything, and beating ’Bama was the icing on the cake,” LSU angler Travis Laurent said. “Hearing the fight song got me jacked up; I got a little crazy. I can tell you right now that everybody was shaking when we walked across that stage,” Laurent said.

The Tiger team has now earned the right to compete as defending champions at next year’s Bassmaster Classic that will be held Feb. 24-26, 2012, on the Red River out of Shreveport-Bossier City.