Alex Skelton, president of the Southeast Bass Anglers, with the “Schooling Spinner – Southeast Series” spinner bait now being sold by the Bass Anglers club.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,
March 3, 2009 – The Southeast Missouri State University Bass Anglers have produced the “Schooling Spinner – Southeast Series” spinner bait now on sale to the public.
Made with the help of a local Gordonville, Mo., company, the new spinner bait will help raise needed funds for the University-sponsored club team. The cost of the spinner bait is $10 each, with most of the proceeds going toward the club to defray operating expenses.
The Bass Anglers have seen success in their three-plus years of existence. The team, which has been nationally ranked for the past two years, has been participating in several events already this year and has several more events planned for this spring. Events this spring include tournaments at Kinkaid Lake in Illinois, Kentucky Lake in Tennessee, and Lake Dardanelle in Arkansas and the regional qualifier at Arkansas Tech University in March. Additionally, the club has been invited to attend the “Boat US Nationals” in Texas in May and also the Under Armour National Championship in Arkansas this summer.
The team is planning to participate and represent the University at events, but the expense for running the club is a hindrance, said Alex Skelton, club president. Under sport club allocations and policies at Southeast, the team gets little support from the University and many members pay for travel (including mileage, gas, and hotels) out of their own pockets. Additionally, supplies, licenses, and boat maintenance are all the responsibility of members of the team.
“Tournaments can get very expensive so we hope this will help us out a bit,” Skelton said. “The idea for the new spinner bait was hatched over a year ago and it has taken some time to develop.”
The bait was specifically designed for the club at Southeast and is a premium custom mold and paint job with an epoxy finish. All baits are hand made and contain a one-piece silicone skirt, Mustad needlepoint hook, and ball bearing swivels.
“We hope the bait really takes off. We were looking at something that was uncommon as a fund raiser and think we have something here. We are really excited and hope to get alumni and the University community interested and involved in fishing,” said Skelton.
Information regarding the SEMO Bass Anglers is available at http://www6.semo.edu/bassanglers. For more information, please contact Jennifer Rose in the Department of Recreation Services at (573) 986-7379.