FISHING TEAM REELS IN BIG MONEY, FUN

The fishing team idea was born three years ago when four Sycamores showed an interest in creating one. They had been to different competitions to see what it was like and came to the consensus, “Why not at Indiana State?”




Indiana State has its share of clubs and sports, but many may not know about the Indiana State University Fishing Team. Like a trophy bass, it has grown in size and competes nationally.

“People think we are a bunch of rednecks sitting out on a boat all day. Fishing an eight-hour tournament can be grueling but very rewarding,” said Nick Gallina, senior biology major and one of the founders of the team. “It is much more of a sport than a hobby like most people expect.”

Gallina is an experienced fisherman and incorporates his biology studies to hook more fish. Season, temperature and timing all factor into his strategies.

The fishing team idea was born three years ago when four Sycamores showed an interest in creating one. They had been to different competitions to see what it was like and came to the consensus, “Why not at Indiana State?”

Why not, indeed. The fishing team is now run like a business. They know how much revenue they need in the form of sponsorships from Terre Haute-area businesses to fund equipment and trip expenses. Last fall, they recruited sponsorships from companies such as Hi99, Riddell National Bank, J. Gumbo’s and Baesler’s Market. They also participate in campus activities and philanthropies, such as the club-initiated canned food drive or “Sink the Boat Campaign.”

The tournament awards are a key factor that keeps them motivated, as prizes can total $500-$10,000 each competition. All winnings from competitions are given back to the club for continued development of the team.

“Each lake is different and bass fishing is very technical, but my favorite area is definitely Kentucky Lake at the FLW Tournament,” Gallina said. “Fishing is a very mental game, but it is absolutely beautiful to be there at that time. You also get to meet so many great people at these competitions.”

Funding is one of the main goals of the team, as is to increase membership. They now count more than 20 members.

“The more we grow, the easier it is to increase funds and people who can help out the organization,” said Blaine Timonera, a senior business management major and president of the team.

“Some of the most fun I have had this semester is getting together, just getting to hangout with everybody and being able to be out on the boat with everyone. For how much time is put into it, it is definitely worth it,” Timonera said.

While some members are serious about professional fishing and others just like to have fun, each member brings an area of expertise, such as Ryan Hazelwood, a senior engineering major, who looks over the boats’ mechanics.
 And, of course, fishing is not just for the guys.

“I’ve always loved fishing and camping. I am one of the only ones out of my friends who likes to do it, so this team helps me find my outlet,” said Aubrye Cain, a sophomore elementary education major. Cain has not fished at the tournament level yet, but she will in the upcoming season.

“Being a transfer student, this team has gotten me involved on campus, and I have learned so much already,” Cain said. “I was a little intimidated at first, but I just needed to go out and do something that I am passionate about and get involved. We’re almost like a family.”



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