‘Bass Cat’ freshman finds way
to blend love for fishing, college
David Ray Cosner
David Ray Cosner’s dream job is, to say the least, different: He wants to be in the professional bass fishing business.
And he’s gotten the chance to pursue that goal at Texas State.
The freshman from Austin founded the Texas State Bass Cats, an organization dedicated to fishing that has gone from a handful of members in 2008 to three dozen today. And on Monday, he and partner Jay McCollum finished second in the FLW College Fishing national tournament, earning $25,000 for the club and $25,000 for the university’s scholarship fund.
Cosner and McCollum were just nine ounces behind the team from the University of Florida for the first-ever national title, the culmination of a year-long series of events sponsored by FLW and the National Guard. The Texas State team was one of five that advanced to the final day of the three-day tournament.
But, as Cosner has discovered, it’s more than just the fishing. He also has discovered a field, marketing, that works for his interests.
“I’ve studied basic business aspects and marketing, and I’ve been able to apply those skills to help the Bass Cats,” he says.
“I really enjoy the marketing aspect of the fishing industry, and we successfully created a sport club that has grown exponentially. I figured, why not do something that you love, and you’re not half-bad at?”
Cosner, who graduated from Bowie High School, says he has developed a balance between school and fishing since coming to San Marcos.
“I am a very focused person,” he says. “If I want something, I will go to the ends of the earth to get it. I know what I want to get out of college here at Texas State, and I have no intention of letting the normal college distractions take away from that.”
Texas State Bass Cats
FLW College Fishing Series
McCoy College of Business Administration
Department of Marketing