Bethel Wildcat Bass Team Ranked Number One in Bass Masters Poll


The world's largest fishing organization has ranked the Bethel University Bass Cats the number one fishing team in America. There are three college fishing polls in America. They are Bass Masters, Bass, and Boat US American Collegiate Anglers. Bethel is ranked number one by Bass Masters, number two by Bass, and number three by Boat US.

Bethel finished with 4,498 points beating out Daytona State College by 86 points. Other schools ranked in the top ten included; Western Illinois, UNC Charlotte, UCF, New Mexico State, Auburn University, Georgetown College, and Eastern Kentucky.

The team has experienced a spectacular year with championships and strong performances in every event they have entered. The Cats had first, third, and eighth place results in the Carhartt Bassmaster South Super Regional in January. Bethel finished second in the FLW Southern Regional. The Cats won the Cabela's Open Team Championship in April held by Boat US. Bethel captured the Boat US Collegiate National Championship and the Carhartt Bassmaster Wildcard Championship. The Cats are the 2013 Boat US National Champions.

Head Coach Garry Mason commented on the latest news about his program. "We are so pleased by this latest news concerning our program. These young student-athletes have experienced a season like no other. We know this could not be accomplished without the support of our administration, our athletic department, parents, and so many others. We are proud to represent our university and we continue to be excited about our team and we look forward to the future with high expectations."