Published August 25, 2020 by FLW Communications

OAKLEY, Calif. – The Simpson University team of Sheldon Reese of Witter Springs, California, and Taj White of Glendale, Arizona, won the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI at the California Delta event Aug. 21 with a five-bass limit weighing 15 pounds, 3 ounces. The victory earned the Simpson bass club $2,000 and qualified them to compete in the 2021 College Fishing National Championship.

From far right, Simpson University Bass Fishing team members Sheldon Reese and Taj White won a recent tournament that qualifies them to compete in the 2021 College Fishing National Championship. Team members Nathan Phillips and Ryan Beaty came in fourth place. // Photo courtesy FLW Communications

The Red Hawks duo won by a 4-pound, 9-ounce margin over the second-place team of Daylon Smith from New Mexico State University, who weighed in five bass totaling 10 pounds, 10 ounces while fishing the two-man team event solo. The tournament launched from the Big Break Marina in Oakley, California.

The teams that now advance to the 2021 College Fishing National Championship are:

1st: Simpson University – Sheldon Reese, Witter Springs, Calif., and Taj White, Glendale, Ariz., five bass, 15-3, $2,000

2nd: New Mexico State University – Daylon Smith, Frazier Park, Calif., five bass, 10-10, $1,000

3rd: University of California-Merced – Kalib Caples, Sebastopol, Calif., and Herbie LeBlanc, Gilroy, Calif., five bass, 10-5, $500

4th: Simpson University – Ryan Beaty, Martinez, Calif., and Nathan Phillips, Kelseyville, Calif., five bass, 8-8, $500

Complete results can be found at

The Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI event on the California Delta was hosted by the City of Oakley. It was the second of three regular-season qualifying tournaments for Western Conference anglers. The next event for College Fishing anglers will be on Sept. 4 – the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI at Lake Guntersville in Guntersville, Alabama.

Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI teams compete in regular-season qualifying tournaments in one of five conferences – Central, Northern, Southern, Southeastern and Western. The top ten teams from each division’s three regular-season tournaments and the top 20 teams from the annual Abu Garcia College Fishing Open advance to the following year’s Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI National Championship.

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About Simpson University Bass Fishing
The Simpson University Bass Fishing team completed its inaugural year of 2019-20 as the highest ranked college team in California and is listed in the top 100 teams in the nation. To learn more, contact coach Alex Thiemann at Follow the team on Instagram at SimpsonBass or Facebook at SimpsonBassTeam.

Simpson University Bass Fishing Team Wins Tournament