The ACU Fishing Club will conduct an interest meeting for prospective members at 5 p.m. Thursday in room 301 of the College of Business Administration building.
Dues for members are $30, which will include an entry into the fishing tournament, a free T-shirt, collegiate tournaments and a 30 percent discount from Tackle Warehouse, one of the club’s sponsors.
Fishing club president Jackson Conway, senior business administration major from Amarillo, said members don’t have to be expert fishermen.
“We have events tailored toward both serious and leisure fishermen and women,” he said. “The club is mostly shaped by the members within it. It’s open to people who love to fish, and people who are serious about competing in tournaments.”
This semester, the fishing club will sponsor its first annual fishing tournament at Lake Fort Phantom. It will be open to faculty and students and will be $20 to enter. Members will be able to fish for free.
The fishing club makes about two to three fishing tournaments per semester, depending on how many members own or have access to boats, and fish at surrounding lakes. Tournaments this semester are likely to be at Lake Ray Roberts, Lake Amistad and Lake Falcon. Next semester, the club is planning a kayak fishing trip for members, Conway said.
Treasurer Alex Garner, senior business management major from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., said the club is a good way to get in touch with other people that enjoy to fish.
“Last year we took two boats and four anglers out to Missouri to fish the Big Bass Bash against schools like TCU, Texas A&M, Alabama and Clemson,” Garner said. “Just seeing those boats out there, the TV cameras and the hype that went into it, brought the tournament to life for me. It is my hope that we can expand on that this year.”