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Daniel Holland

Senior, buidling science

Daniel Holland of Springville, Ala., is president of Auburn University's Bass Sports Club ( and will graduate in May with a bachelor's degree in building science. Holland and his teammates will participate April 15-16 in the 2011 Southern Collegiate Bass Fishing Series Championship on Pickwick Lake near Florence, Ala. The club, which began in 2007, sponsors the series that consists of three tournaments and a championship; more than 150 anglers representing 30 universities have fished in the series this spring.

1. Tell us about your most memorable fishing trip as a child.

Some of my most memorable fishing experiences as a child were trips to the farm pond with my Pa Pa. He was the first person to take me fishing as a kid. We would just go sit on the bank and fish with plastic worms and wear out some bass. Those were the days! It's amazing: Some of my biggest bass have come from small farm ponds using some of the simplest techniques.

2. What has been your best catch?

The biggest fish I have caught in a tournament while fishing for Auburn was a six pounder at
Lake Eufaula, in the snow!

3. How long have you been a member of the Bass Sports Club and what are some of the responsibilities of serving as president?

I have been in the club since the spring of 2008, my freshman year. As president, my main responsibilities are to run all of our biweekly meetings, attend officer meetings and communicate between the members of the club, and the officers and advisers.

4. What are some of the benefits of being a member of the Bass Sports Club?

One of the best benefits is just to have the opportunity to represent Auburn University in tournaments. Fishing competitive tournaments is what I love to do. Having the opportunity to do it for Auburn is something that, just five years ago, I would have never thought possible. Collegiate fishing has been a rapidly growing sport over the last four years. I am glad to have had the opportunity to be involved in the development of the sport and to get the chance to fish these tournaments for Auburn.

5. How did you decide to major in building science and what are your plans after graduation?

I have always had an interest in construction. In high school, I worked for residential subcontractors and fell in love with the industry. After graduation, I plan to operate my own residential construction company and specialize in custom homes and renovations.

Apr. 11, 2011