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Shimano continues support of student bass fishing

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Members of the Bethel University bass fishing team gather together with their coach Garry Mason (front row right) and Shimano’s Frank Hyla (top row left) at the SLX rod and reel display at the recent Bassmaster Classic Expo in Knoxville.

One of the world’s leading fishing tackle manufacturers has pledged further support to student tournament bass fishing in the US.

Shimano North America is providing the Bethel University bass fishing team with its SLX baitcasting reels and rods as it competes in the ACA Collegiate Bass Fishing circuit, the Bassmaster College Series and the FLW College Fishing Series during the 2019 season.

Presentation of the tackle took place at last weekend’s Bassmaster Classic Outdoor Expo in Knoxville.

“When we launched the Shimano Varsity Programme in 2016, we reached out to Bethel coach Garry Mason for his input and ideas on Shimano’s involvement in this still fast-growing segment in the bass fishing world,” said Frank Hyla, Shimano’s Youth Fishing Coordinator. “Bethel anglers have been using Shimano and G. Loomis tackle in the past and this new effort allows all team members to have that same opportunity using Shimano’s new ‘Can’t Stop Fishing’ rod and reel option.

“It was our pleasure to have many members of the Bethel bass team visit the Shimano staff and many of our pro anglers at the Expo, where Bethel anglers Garrett Enders and Cody Huff also competed in the Bassmaster College Classic.”

Known for being the first college or university to offer scholarships to be a member of its bass fishing team, Bethel University in McKenzie, Tennessee is a perennial power in the sport. “They have proven over the past ten years that their student-athlete anglers not only do very well in the classroom, but can compete also on the water at a national level against schools like the Auburn University, the University of Missouri and Oklahoma State University,” added Hyla.

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