Oklahoman Published: March 1, 2014

Oklahoma beat Alabama again.

Only this time it wasn’t in the Sugar Bowl. It was on Alabama’s Lay Lake.

Last Sunday, anglers from the University of Oklahoma Bass Club won the Bassmaster College Classic for the second straight year.

Except this year’s victory was unexpected and more impressive. Last year, with the Bassmaster Classic held on Oklahoma’s Grand Lake, the Sooners won the one-day college version of the event on Lake Hudson.

The only schools competing were OU, Oklahoma State and Arkansas. This year, B.A.S.S. changed the format for the college tournament and invited every school in Alabama to compete along with OU, the defending champions.

Sooner anglers Caleb Masters of Bixby and Landon Dixon of Hinton were the only fishing team not from Alabama fishing in the tournament on an Alabama lake.

The University of Alabama, Auburn and 10 other schools in the state participated in the Bassmaster College Classic on Lay Lake, about two hours from where the Bassmaster Classic was being held on Lake Guntersville.

“Neither of us had been on the lake before,” Masters said. “We got a day and a half for practice.”

Despite their unfamiliarity with the water, the Sooner team caught 16 pounds and finished tied for first with a two-angler team from West Alabama University.

“We had a total of five bites in practice,” said Masters, a sophomore majoring in construction science. “On tournament day, we just went out there and went fishing. We just keyed on rock banks and rip raps and that’s what did it for us.”

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by Ed Godfrey
Reporter Sr.
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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