Top College Anglers Compete At Bass Fishing Championship

Published online: Aug 28, 2007 News
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The Championship is unique in the emerging field of televised college fishing tournaments because of its open format: every college or university that has a recognized fishing program is allowed to send up to two teams. According to the Collegiate Bass Anglers Association (CBAA), of all the schools that qualified for participation in this year's event, 25 had started new fishing clubs since the televised airing of inaugural 2006 championship earlier this year. The CBAA sanctions the event as "the sport's premier event for determining the national collegiate fishing champion."
There is no entry fee for qualifying student athletes, and an onsite coaching team made up of top FLW and BASS touring pros is available to help the anglers with tips and advice. There is $35,000 in scholarship money at stake. Registration at remains open until September 15.
"The championship's open format epitomizes what college sports should be all about," said Mike Pellerin, director of BoatU.S. Angler, "It's truly the last competition where just about anyone has a chance to win." For a list of participating schools, go to
Capt. Jay Nunnally, a TowBoatU.S. responder on Lake Lewisville, will offer on-the-water towing services throughout the event.
Each college team of two students fishes with their own rig for the first two days, using their own gear. On the final day each team will compete using a fully rigged Ranger Boats Z-19 bass boat stocked with equipment from tournament sponsors. The tournament's base is Sneaky Pete's Marina.

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