At the weigh-in before thousands of bass fishing fans in Birmingham, Ala., Hinton, a junior majoring in marketing, remarked on stage about dreaming of a Sugar Bowl repeat. A few people in the audience booed but most remained silent “which I thought was funny,” Masters said.
Bass fishing is a club sport on college campuses. Both of the major professional bass fishing organizations, FLW and B.A.S.S., have college tournament trails.
The tournaments do not charge entry fees, but student anglers must pay for their travel expenses, which is why the OU Bass Fishing Club has just six members, Masters said.
Sunday’s victory means OU will be invited to participate in next year’s Bassmaster College Classic in South Carolina.
The OU anglers didn’t receive any prize money for winning the tournament, just a trophy. It’s a trophy that won’t be displayed in the Switzer Center.
“My partner and I are keeping it,” Masters said.