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K-State duo win fishing title

By The Mercury

Kansas State fishermen Kyle Alsop and Taylor Bivins won the 2016 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship on Saturday in Campellsville, Kentucky.

Alsop and Bivins finished the three-day event on Green River Lake with 36 pounds, 4 ounces.

The K-State team was the only one in the field of 89 teams to bring in more than 10 pounds every day.

“It was a grind,” Bivins told “We had to fish really slow the whole time.”

Bivins graduated from K-State in May with a degree in wildlife and outdoor enterprise management.

Alsop is a senior in engineering.

“Slow is not our preferred way to fish,” Alsop said. “I hate it. But it was our only way to be consistent.”

For their win, Alsop and Bivins earned a check for the K-State club team for $2,500 from Carhartt and another for $2,500 from B.A.S.S. The two also received a Humminbird Helix fish finder.

The pair qualified for the 2016 Carhartt Bassmaster College Classic Bracket presented by Bass Pro Shops. The event runs Aug. 4 through Aug. 6 on Kentucky Lake in Tennessee. The best fisherman in head-to-head competition earns a berth in the 2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic.

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