Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

K-State Fishing Club Kicks Bass ; Alsop, Bivins Give Wildcats Second National Title

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

K-State Fishing Club Kicks Bass ; Alsop, Bivins Give Wildcats Second National Title

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The Kansas State University fishing team added another feather to its fishing cap.

The 2016 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship was held recently in Kentucky on Green River Lake. Kyle Alsop and Taylor Bivins gave the Kansas State team its second national championship by bringing a total weight of 36 pounds, 4 ounces to the scales over the course of the tournament. The Wildcat duo did well and was the only team, from the field of 89 collegiate pairs, to weigh more than 10 pounds each day according to www.bassmaster.com.

"It was a grind," said Bivins, who just graduated from Kansas State in May with a degree in wildlife and outdoor enterprise management. "We had to fish really slow the whole time."

"Slow is not our preferred way to fish," added Alsop, a senior in majoring in engineering. "I hate it. But it was our only way to be consistent."

Alsop and Bivins stuck to their game plan to be consistent and hope for a big bite each day. It worked as planned. With their impressive daily weights they also bested the field for big fish for the tournament, a 6-pound, 13-ounce largemouth, as well as big fish on day three with a 5-pound, 9-ounce fish that anchored a solid final day. They added another hefty bucketmouth with a 5-pound, 2- ounce bass on day two which helped boost their overall tally.

"The key was definitely the big bite," Alsop said. "We were blessed to get one big one every day."

The pair couldn't stop smiling while holding their trophies and were taking it all in. They'd hoped to just finish in the top four as those spots qualify for the 2016 Carhartt Bassmaster College Classic Bracket presented by Bass Pro Shops. That tournament wrapped up Saturday on Kentucky Lake in Tennessee, with the team falling short on Day 2 after winning its Day 1 challenge against Auburn.

Alsop and Bivins fished a main lake point for their victory and concentrated on a flat with a big ledge on it. They admitted there were 20 boats or so on it the first couple days but they found a little spot a short distance away that went from 20 feet to 50 feet deep and had that to themselves.

Alsop fished a Carolina rigged Zoom Brush Hog with spike tails in chartreuse and Bivins fished a shaky head setup with a Yamamoto Senko or Big Bite Baits Trick Stick in green pumpkin with black flake or watermelon red flake.

The Kansas State Fishing Team garnered a check for $2,500 from Carhartt and another $2,500 check from B.A.S.S. for the championship win. Alsop and Bivins were also awarded a Humminbird Helix unit.

Second place in the collegiate tourney went to Bethel University's team of Brian Pahl and John Garrett who had a cumulative weight of 35 pounds, 7 ounces.

The college championship pitted the best college anglers in the country against one another in two-angler teams. …

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