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USA TODAY College: College anglers put it all on the line

Posted by admin on March 22, 2013

image-1.cfm.jpegLook around the next time you’re in a lecture; if you see someone with seriously messed-up hair, the kind of shirt Ricky Bobby would be comfortable in and a deep-red sunburn save for the exact outline of a pair of wraparound sunglasses, you just might have identified a new species of varsity athlete: the dedicated college angler.

They’re becoming easier to spot. College fishing, which traces its roots back to the early 1980s and the formation of clubs at Indiana University (IU) and Purdue University, is now a fast-growing club sport on American campuses. Varsity Bass, a leading sports blog devoted to college fishing, lists more than 300 active clubs nationwide with at least one school represented in each of the lower 48 states.