Community involvement and bass fishing education is a top priority for the Tiger Bass Fishing team at East Texas Baptist University.
On Sunday, October 2, they visited Mobberly Baptist Church in Longview to help organize the second annual Mobberly Fishing Clinic. Alongside the ETBU Tiger Bass Fishing team, Major League Fishing (MLF) professional angler Ott Defoe also spoke.
The Tiger Bass team led several breakout sessions and shared their tips and tricks with those in attendance. Team members paired up to lead half a dozen different sessions. Austin Rose and Brett Jolley gave a session on “All Varieties of Fishing Line”. Rose said: “Things went well. I think everyone in our session is learning a few things. Brett and I shared some secrets on how we use different lines for different situations.
The duo of Brayden Mercer and Trey McMeen educated attendees on all the different types of “rigs” in the market today. McMeen said, “We showed them the difference between an A Rig, a TX Rig, a Carolina Rig, and a Drop Shot.” Mercer went on to say, “It was great to have a 7 year old girl come back after the session asking for more advice on using a TX Rig. It made my day.”
Other members of the team leading the sessions were Corey Morris and Hudson Gentry, who showed the crowds the various flipping and pitching techniques. Fisher Davis and Clayton Primrose showed how to tie several different types of knots, while reigning National Champions Kaden Proffitt and Cason Ragsdale explained everything that goes into preparing for a week on the road to fishing a tournament.
For the high school anglers in attendance, Dylan Benson, Cross Campbell and assistant coach Bryan Thomas explained the pathways to college fishing. According to Thomas. “It was great to be able to highlight what ETBU offers its anglers that other schools are not able to.” Other team members who attended and assisted were Cade Nettles, Tanner French and Hudson Gentry.
At the end of the day, the team was able to impress over 100 people who attended the event. Proffitt said: “It was great to see the team here together giving back to the community. I feel like we made a difference today and had an impact as a team. Brandon Watson, Connect Pastor of Mobberly said: “The help from all the guys at ETBU today made the event special. The helpfulness, attitude and professionalism of the team does not go unnoticed.”
Special thanks to ETBU Bass team sponsors: Skeeter Boats, Symmetry Sports Construction, Hendrix Equipment, Jones Trolling Motor, 4D Fishing and Elite Tungsten