Haywood Community College’s Bass Fishing Team recently competed in the 2016 Carhartt College Eastern Regional Bassmaster Tournament where teammates Ryan McLaughlin and Justin St. Onge qualified for the national championship. The regional tournament was held on the James River in Richmond, Virginia. The pair finished 12th out of more than 70 teams.

The national championship will be held on July 28 through 30 on Green River Lake in Campbellsville, KY. This is the first year for a Bass Fishing Team at HCC.  

Both McLaughlin and St. Onge are enrolled in HCC’s Fish and Wildlife Technology Program. The two are best friends and have fished together since age 5. They are from Fairview, NC.

According to St. Onge, “I enjoy how HCC is a small setting that allows you get to know both faculty and students on a personal level. The program is hands-on which means students do a lot of things outside the classroom, things that pertain directly to what you need to know in the field.”

For more information about HCC’s Bass Fishing Team or the Fish and Wildlife Program, please call 627-4592. For more information about the tournaments, please visit bassmaster.com.

Donated photo. Haywood Community College’s Bass Fishing Team recently competed in the 2016 Carhartt College Eastern Regional Bassmaster Tournament where teammates (pictured left to right) Ryan McLaughlin and Justin St. Onge qualified for the national championship.