Dave Jankowski can usually be found either in the classroom or out on the water.
Jankowski, a graduate student in atmospheric sciences and president of MU’s Bass Fishing Club, established the fishing club at the end of the 2003 fall semester.
Jankowski grew up fishing every summer with his brother, his father and his father’s friend.
He started fishing because it was fun, and eventually, he started tournament fishing.
“It relaxes me,” Jankowski said. “It also gets me out of the office.”
He formed the club when a team from the University of Illinois was looking for a Missouri school to sponsor a bass fishing tournament at Truman Lake near Sedalia.
Although the tournament never took place because of unsafe conditions caused by rain, the club has stayed together.
The members fished only a few tournaments last year but have partnered with Columbia'sCLittle Dixie Bass Club to compete in more of them this year.
“I’m looking very forward to the upcoming year and the tournaments,” Jankowski said.
Although the club was formed primarily for the enjoyment of fishing, it has another goal.
“We’re not only out there having fun; we’re trying to educate club members who don’t have as much experience,” Jankowski said.
The club is expected to participate in eight tournaments from April to October.
Jankowski said he is excited to get more time and more experience on the water with the rest of the club.
“It can only go up from here,” he said.
— Maureen Waters