Former Laramie High student pursues his dream of founding a collegiate bass fishing team at the University of Wyoming this year.

Brooks Tyser, a 2017 LHS graduate, has taken all of the necessary steps to found a collegiate bass fishing team and has drummed up a lot of interest in the process.

“I have already talked to about a dozen students who are all interested which is easily over the number of seven required to found the club,” Tyser said.

For this first season the team will start out as a Recognized Student Organization or RSO.

“A RSO is a student run organization that is not directly tied to the University,” Tyser said.

In order to set the RSO up, Tyser first had to draft a constitution that laid out some rules and guidelines for the club.

This is the first step in order to become a recognized club, the next essential piece is finding a UW staff member who is willing to sponsor and advise the club.

“Finding a staff member that is a good fit for the club is very important as this member is almost like a coach,” Tyser said.

The team plans on competing in their first tournament this upcoming January on the Toledo Bend in Louisiana.

Unfortunately, the major problem with collegiate bass fishing is lack of awareness as there are not many colleges, especially in the western United States that have a bass fishing club.

One of Tyser’s goals is to spread awareness and his passion for fishing.

“I have been fishing walleye tournaments with my dad since I was ten years old,” Tyser said.

Another problem bass fishing presents is the problem of equipment and travel fees as this club is purely financed by the students meaning they would all have to contribute funds in order to enter tournaments, travel to them, and buy rods in boats.

Tyser has already purchased a boat and has numerous rods and supplies, which he plans to use for team purposes.

This boat has helped Tyser to realize another one of his childhood dreams as well.

“I’ve been looking forward to picking out my own bass boat for as long as I can remember, it’s kind of like how most kids feel about their first car,” Tyser said.

The whole process was a lot easier than Tyser initially expected, as UW is a lot more open to new clubs than he had thought.

“UW is really open to clubs as long as there is enough interest and enough kids that want to do it,” Tyser said.