YSU anglers qualify for national college fishing championship

YSU Bass Fishing Club members Mike Soots, left, and Jonathan Creed
YSU Bass Fishing Club members Mike Soots, left, and Jonathan Creed, have qualified to compete nationally after placing fourth in a regional college fishing tournament.

Youngstown State University Bass Fishing Club members Mike Soots and Jonathan Creed earned fourth place in a regional college fishing competition and now qualify to compete in the YETI Fishing League Worldwide College Fishing National Championship, to be scheduled in spring 2018.

At the regional contest, the YETI FLW Northern Conference July 27 at Lake Chautauqua, N.Y., anglers Soots and Creed caught five largemouth bass with a total weight of just over 14 pounds, winning a $500 prize for their club. The top 10 teams qualified for the national competition.

Soots is a Criminal Justice major from McDonald, Ohio, and a McDonald High School graduate; Creed is a junior Integrated Social Studies Education major from Niles, Ohio and a Victory Christian School graduate.

YSU’s Bass Fishing Club is beginning its sixth year, under the direction of Tessa Padilla, coordinator of Sport Clubs, and adviser Marko Marinkovich, recreations facilities manager.

YETI FLW College Fishing is a nationwide competitive bass-fishing program open to full-time students at four-year colleges and universities and community colleges nationwide.