(WAOW) - To call Logan Bliss and Cody Salzmann the "Big Fish" on the UW-Stevens Point campus would be pretty close to accurate.
Bliss of Cottage Grove and Salzmann of Dickeyville are national champions of the first tournament of the 2010 Boat U.S. Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Series held last month in Texas.
Bliss and Salzmann, both fisheries and water resources majors, were declared the winners of the Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) Bucketmouth Bass Tournament over the next closest competitors representing Lamar University. The winners each received a $500 scholarship and also won all four contingency awards from Abu Garcia Big Bass, Berkley Big Bag, Costa Big Bass and Cabela's Angler Cash. Bliss is a junior and a 2007 graduate of Monona Grove High School. Salzmann is a senior and a 2006 graduate of Cuba City High School. Two other students, Joe Marty of Manitowoc and Casey Kamiecik of Peshtigo also represented UWSP.
"We drove all day to get to Texas without a wink of sleep and then dived right into the tournament," said Bliss and Salzmann. "Winning this event was awesome and we both are grateful for support from UWSP, our families, and the SFA bass team."
The two-day competition was the first of four tournaments and was sanctioned by the Association of Collegiate Anglers. According to Bliss, 98 collegiate anglers representing 24 colleges and universities from seven states took part in the tournament. The championship series will be featured on Versus Cable Television Network beginning in August.
Each team must bring five fish at the end of the day's competition for official weighing. The total fish weight after two days determines the winner. As with all Boat U.S. fishing tournaments, it is "catch and release" for any and all fish caught throughout the tournament. The second tournament is scheduled for late March in Arkansas.
Courtesy: UW-SP Press Release