Claire Corlett

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MN Traditions – BASS College Fishing

MN Traditions – BASS College Fishing

(upbeat guitar music) (energetic drumming) (rock music) – We’re here for our Carhartt Bassmaster College
Series National Championship, 61 institutions from
all over the country, 89 two-person teams and
180 anglers competing for this national championship. Three day event here on
the Bemidji chain of lakes, Lake Bemidji and then they
can go into Stump Lake, Irving Lake, Lake
Marquette and Carr, and the Mississippi River that connects all of
those different lakes, so that’s what’s happening. It’s a three day event, the full field fishes
the first two days, and then we cut it down to
the top 12 after day number 2, and then those top
12 will battle it out for the National Championship
on that final day. – Lake Bemidji is
really at the heart of what Bemidji
State’s all about. This is our DNA, we’re one
of the few lakeside campuses in the country actually, so we try to leverage our
waterways whenever possible. So they have been wanting
to hold an event like this at one of the
northern universities. BSU jumped right on it as a
great opportunity for the school and the community in general
to host an event like this. – It’s been huge, it’s, you
know, gave a lot of publicity to the team and the school, being able to fish
the college series, it’s a lot of fun, you get to
travel all over the country, learn new techniques,
fish in different water and everything, it’ll
definitely be my highlight of my college career. – We fish from Minnesota
down to Alabama, we fish Tennessee,
Kentucky, Missouri, Kansas, we fish a little
bit of everywhere. It’s nice because you get
to experience and travel, see different bodies of
water, you get ledge fish, fish deep, you can come up
here and fish in the grass, you can do all kinds
of different things, it just makes you a lot
better as an angler, being able to experience
all these different lakes. – We fish all over the world,
so we get all different kinds of stuff thrown at us, clear
water, fishing deep, shallow, wood, so this is all
new to us up here, I don’t think any of us
have fished up north, and it’s completely different, so we had to learn
it pretty quick, with the days we
had to practice. – It’s the mighty
Mississippi behind me, it’s a whole lot different
than Tennessee River, its– the water’s definitely a
little clearer, and got a ton of them pike and musky out
there with the biggest thing between here and
home, and that’s, man you can’t keep them pike
and stuff off your bait. I’d love to come up here
and just fish for the pike. I’d definitely love to
have some of those at home. – One of the things we learn, especially from traveling
all over the country, is when you go into
different states, they have inspection
points when you cross into those state lines, so I
mean that clean, drain, dry, that’s the main three
things you need to do. In your livewells, in
your battery compartments is what I always tell our guys, places where water can
gather in your boats, but one of the
things we did here is we had a full decontamination
process that happened before these boats even put
in right here on Lake Bemidji and this whole chain of
lakes that we’re fishing. – That was one of the first
items that we had to address, and it was the first thing
we wanted to address, so that included full
decontamination stations for all of the boats
coming in to the area, that’s the very
first thing they did as they rolled into town. – One thing that I
think is really cool that Minnesota prides itself in is having people at each
ramp, DNR checking boats, I mean that’s the only
way to prevent it, ’cause once they get into a
lake they really do change it. Water clarity, the
whole ecosystem. – So what we just did, we took
the boat out of the water, you pull the plug, you empty your livewells to
get all the crap out of there, and you lower your motor
to get all the water out of your prop and everything. It’s a really simple
process, and it’s something that really needs to be done so we don’t spread
these invasive species, ’cause some of ’em can
really do a lot of harm, and there’s stuff
that gets in your boat that you wouldn’t
even think about, especially in the livewell, these fish puke up all
this stuff and it’s– you don’t even think about it but it’s something
that needs to be done. – Invasive species are bad. We see ’em in a lot of other
lakes, like Kentucky Lake, they have Asian carp, I
mean we see zebra mussels in almost every lake we
go to now, it seems like. So it’s nice to go to a
lake that doesn’t have ’em. – With Bass, and Bassmaster,
you know we strive, conservation is at the
forefront of our organization, we try to set the standard
for how fishing tournaments are supposed to run, and how
we’re supposed to protect not only the species,
but our waterways, so other species can thrive and we can just have a
better planet to live on. (upbeat guitar music)

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