MCKENZIE, Tenn. - March is usually the month when most sports fans think of March Madness and basketball. But a different game is in the air for one Bethel University Bass Angler this month -- a game that thousands of Bass Anglers dream of each year. This is a game that professional and non-professional anglers alike strive all of their lives and careers to have a shot to play.
Enter Bethel University's student angler John Garrett. Garrett took the nation by storm in August of 2016 when he and his fishing partner Brian Pahl won second place in the coveted Carhart Bass Masters College National Championship on Green River reservoir in Campbellsville, Kentucky. Garrett and Pahl went on to compete against six other anglers on their home waters of Kentucky Lake the following week in the Bass Master Classic Bracket series. The Bracket series competition is an individual angler effort seeing a single elimination head to head battle each day until only one angler remains. That angler becomes the only collegiate angler to get to compete in the World Series of professional angling the following spring. The prestigious Bass Masters Classic.
Garrett's winning of the Classic Bracket series has included usage of a new Nitro Bass Boat and a new Toyota Tundra pickup truck both fully wrapped in Bethel University colors. Leaping forward to this month, Garrett is preparing to fish in the biggest angling event of his career in Houston, Texas as he will compete in the 2017 Bass Masters Classic.
Less than sixty anglers get the chance to compete in the Classic each year and Garrett will be only the sixth college angler ever to do so. "We are so very excited for both John and our program here at Bethel," said Head Bass Fishing Coach Garry Mason. "John will be a great representative for our program here at Bethel and for all of college fishing as he competes in the world's most well-known Bass fishing championship."
Most anglers only dream of getting this opportunity and very few get to make the walk across that national stage in front of millions of viewers from all over the world. Our congratulations go out to Bethel University, its Bass Fishing program, and especially to Bethel's John Garrett. Good Luck, John. We will be pulling for you.
The Bass Masters Classic will be held March 24-26 2017 in Houston, Texas.