Brandon Dickenson and Austin Hollowell finished second to a team from Kentucky's Murray State University in the Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship at Lake Lewisville May 29-30. The UNT students caught a two-day total of 35.36 pounds of the game fish. Murray State's total was 36.16 pounds.
The fishing competition was sponsored by Boat U.S. boating and marine sports organization, the Collegiate Bass Anglers Association and numerous sponsors. Seventy teams from 140 colleges participated.
Hollowell, a marketing major from Joshua, and Dickenson, a Flower Mound resident who received a bachelor's degree in business in May, are members of the UNT bass fishing club. The group was formed last year and has about 20 members who regularly fish for feisty bass, earn points and enter tournaments. Tournaments usually begin at dawn; participants fish for a pre-determined length of time, then weigh their five largest catches.
The team received prizes of fishing gear, promotional items and some scholarship funds.
Everything about bass fishing is challenging, say the UNT anglers, who have been fishing since childhood. Bass are picky eaters, temperamental and like to hang out in deep water, until a skilled angler uses live bait or those attractive, feathery lures to get them near the water's surface. When hooked, they are not happy and will fight to escape.