Osting takes to the waters to chase dream
Saturday, June 14, 2014 12:00 AM
By JIM METCALFE
Making it back-to-back Ohio Bass Nation wins, Delphos resident Brandon Osting caught five fish that weighed 9.20 pounds to claim the Rocky Fork Lake title. (Photo submitted)
DHI Media Sports Editor
DELPHOS — Football. Basketball. Baseball.
For many boys and young men, they have dreams of attaining success in those sports, especially in small-town America.
Not so for Delphos resident Brandon Osting, his dreams are of the water variety — fishing. A fishing fan since he was young, Osting has figured out his career choice: become a professional fisherman.
“I have been fishing since I was little as my grandfather and father have fished and won many numerous local tournaments in that time. I have been a part of the Delphos Bass Club for years and over the last two years, I have decided to pursue my dream of fishing in the Bassmaster Classic, which is the biggest tournament in the world,” he began.
The first step in that process, according to Osting, is entering the B.A.S.S. Nation events.
“I decided to do that recently. These events serve as a qualifying series to the Bassmaster Classic and Elite series; the new format is if you win one of the three qualifying tournaments, you represent the state in which you are from,” he continued. “I was fortunate to actually win back-to-back tournaments — if you win one, you automatically qualify for the 2015 state team and fish in the BASS Nation Divisional next year — over the last two months and have qualified to represent Ohio next year in trying to qualify for the Classic. I basically have to beat 21 anglers over two tournaments next year and I will qualify to fish in the biggest fishing tournament in the world.
“Basically, all 50 states have three qualifying events and from them, they create a state team (12 people, plus two high schoolers and two alternates). There are six regions.
“They qualify 56 anglers every year through three paths: the Elite Series, the opens and the BASS Nation.”
He has one more of those BASS Nation events this year, on the Ohio River June 22.
He almost didn’t win the first one due to a heavy heart.
“The first event of the year was the BASS Nation Northern Qualifier on Indian Lake, and the day before the tournament is when my cousin Jared Osting was killed in a motorcycle accident. I wasn’t going to fish but decided to,” he explained. “I taped a picture of him to the windshield of my boat and went fishing. I lost several key fish during the day that I thought would have kept me from winning but, in the end, I was able to pull off the win by over a pound and take 2nd Big Bass honors. That was the biggest win of my career.”
He has his eyes set on 2015.
“I will be competing in the 2015 BASS Nation Northern Divisional (where competitors fish for a total prize money of $500,000). This event will be drastically different than any other I have fished,” he continued. “In this event, I will be running my boat 52 miles up river one way to fish. Any mechanical issues or any other issues could make or break the tournament, as well as missing the lock times to allow me to lock up river.”
Osting — who has an 18-month-old daughter with his wife and is an engineer for Crown Equipment Corporation in his “real” work — credits his start in Delphos to why he has been so successful.
“A lot of people follow fishing in the Delphos area since we have the very competitive Delphos Bass Club; there is huge support of it in our area,” he said. “I think a lot of my success recently has come from fishing in the club. I took my first win at 14 years old with the club up in Indiana out of the back of my dad’s boat. There is a lot of talent to fish against in the Delphos area and it is showing as a few of us have ventured out into the bigger tournaments over the last few years and have shown success.
“I started in the club and had to qualify through the club. Local clubs and the State Chapters determined the qualifying format. Rising through the ranks takes dedication and perseverance, but the rewards for advancing to the next level are great.”
Osting has come a long way towards achieving his dream in a short time.
“Last year, most would have laughed when I said I would fish in the Bassmaster Classic some day,” he added. “Now there are 17 people separating me from fulfilling a lifelong dream and a $500,000 payday that thousands and thousands of people dream of.”
“I would also encourage anyone to pursue their dream because you will never achieve success if you just sit back and watch others.”