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Oklahoma State anglers win collegiate bass fishing national championship

Cowboy pair takes title in Arkansas; Oklahoma anglers finish 15th
by Ed Godfrey Modified: July 28, 2012 at 10:41 pm •  Published: July 28, 2012

Oklahoma State University is the 2012 national champion in bass fishing.

OSU Bass Club members Zack Birge of Blanchard and Blake Flurry of Roland won the Carhartt Bassmaster College National Championship, held at three different sites near Little Rock, Ark., last week.

The Cowboy seniors-to-be led from start to finish in the three-day team tourney, weighing in 16 pounds, 5 ounces Friday on Hurricane Lake for a three-day total of 37 pounds, 13 ounces.

They finished almost three pounds ahead of second place Auburn. The first two days of fishing were on the Arkansas River and Lake Maumelle.

University of Oklahoma anglers Tyler Nipper and Paul Muzljakovich finished 15th.

The title earned Birge and Flurry a $5,000 prize, which will be divided among the anglers and the OSU Bass Fishing Club, said club president Chase Edmiston.

“Other than a small amount given to each club by the school, college anglers have to pay their own way to these tournaments,” Edmiston said. “We do a lot of fundraising to help pay for trips to the national championship.”

Birge is majoring in wind turbine technology at OSU. Flurry's major is crop soil science, but both hope to be fishing professionally after graduation.

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by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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