2010 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship
University of Georgia Bulldogs come from behind to win 2010 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing National Championship
University of North Carolina - Charlotte and Western Kentucky round out top three
LAKE LEWISVILLE, TX, May 28, 2010 - In what was easily the most dramatic final day in the five year history of the event, the University of Georgia outweighed the University of North Carolina-Charlotte by 2.85 pounds to win the 2010 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship.
The anglers endured blistering heat described as brutal by many as temperatures climbed into the mid 90's with very little wind both days. The more than 300 collegiate anglers from across the nation registered to compete in the event this year showcased their fishing skills in this year's national championship despite the challenging conditions.
1st - Univ. of Georgia - Ben Cleary & Bo Page - 36.41
2nd - Univ. of North Carolina-Charlotte - Eric Self & Taylor Beam - 33.56
3rd - Western Kentucky - Andy Southard & David Stephens - 30.60
4th - Univ. of Arkansas-Fayetteville - Clay Ramey & Kyle Billingsly - 30.44
5th - Eastern Kentucky University - Richard Cobb V & Tyler Moberly - 28.86
6th - Tarleton State Univ. - John Anderson & Brandon Foard - 28.85
7th - Texas A & M Univ. - Andy Shafer & Matt McArdle - 28.67
8th - Georgia College & State Univ. - Matt Henry & Walker Smith - 27.82
9th - Oklahoma Univ. - Chip Porche' & Mark Johnson - 27.58
10th - Louisiana State Univ. - Shreveport - Zach Caudle & Joe Landry - 27.17
Ben Cleary and Bo Page of the University of Georgia turned in an impressive performance as they came from third place to claim the national championship title with the most consistent performance of any team in the field in recent history. "It really means a lot to win the biggest collegiate bass fishing event ever held," said Cleary and Page "It hasn't even fully sunk in yet."
After weighing in 18.34 pounds on day one, the pair accumulated 18.07 pounds on day two, giving them a total weight of 36.41 pounds and a comfortable margin of victory. On day one they were able to coax the Lake Lewisville bass into biting by swimming a watermelon/red Git-Bit football jig. After catching a 5 pounder on a Pop R first thing on day two, a much slower presentation with Texas rigged watermelon/red Zoom Baby Brush Hogs dipped in JJ's Magic soft plastic dye was required to get bites. Cleary reported catching a 6 pounder and a 3 pounder when he popped his Texas rig free from the rocks that were scattered on the bottom. As it turned out, their consistent creel of over 18 pounds per day, resulting from six keeper bites each day, proved to be more than enough to take the trophy home to Georgia.
When the scales settled on day one, Eric Self and Tyler Beam representing the University of North Carolina - Charlotte were in 12th place with 15.81 pounds. Their day two haul of 17.75 pounds landed them in the hot seat where they sat until the University of Georgia claimed it. The team endured an extremely tough practice that only yielded 4 small keepers in two days. "We started on the dam rip rap that produced the keepers in practice and ended up catching our three biggest bass there on day one," explained Self. We only caught one off of it on day two but it was our biggest." To finish their limit each day, Self and Beam skipped ER jigs in oyster blue and watermelon craw colors under marina catwalks and any other cover that offered shade in about 5 feet of water. The team thanks ER Lures and The Great Outdoors for their support.
Sitting in second place after day 1 with 19.68 pounds, Andy Southard and David Stephens of Western Kentucky were concerned about the number of competitors they saw fishing their key area. Due to the crowded conditions on day 2, the team abandoned the spot and pursued their backup pattern which involved pitching wacky worms to standing timber in about 8 feet of water. "We fished as slow as molasses," said Southard "We'd just cast over and over to the same spot. Southard and Stephens also reported that they missed 7 key bites on day one and 6 on day two. They added 10.92 to their day one weight for a total of 30.60 pounds which was enough to secure third place. The team wishes to thank the following sponsors: Renegade Marine, Slongs Fishing Lures.
The 2010 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship featured over $100,000.00 in scholarships, travel funds, incentive awards and merchandise prizes presented to the top finishers via numerous sponsors such as BoatUS ANGLER, Cabela's, Sperry Top-Sider, Columbia Sportswear, frogg toggs, Lazer TroKar, Wohali Rods, Abu Garcia, Berkley, Costa, Ranger Boats and Gemini Sport Marketing.
The 2010 champions will advance to fish the 2011 Bass Federation National Championship where they'll have the opportunity to win the "Living the Dream" prize package and move on to compete in the Forest Wood Cup.
In addition to the full lineup of prizes listed above, Pure Fishing also recognized the top 3 entries in the Berkley Conservation Institute College Angler of the Year program. Anglers in this program provided a formal presentation that consisted of their ideas to better support and conserve the outdoors.
The winners of this prestigious award are:
1st place - Cody Salzman - Univ. of Wisconsin-Steven's Point
2nd place - Shawn Stamps - Northwest Shoals Community College
3rd place - Alex Craw - Univ. of Tennessee-Chattanooga
The BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, sanctioned by the Association of Collegiate Anglers, will be televised on Versus by Careco Mulitmedia beginning in August of 2010. The weekly television series will showcase the year-long lineup of events leading up to the championship including the inaugural Collegiate Bass Fishing Open presented by Pepsi which will be held in June.
www.CollegiateBassChampionship.com or contact Wade Middleton at 210-697-8081.
Murray State Claims BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Title By Narrow Margin Over University Of North Texas
LAKE LEWISVILLE, TX, June 1, 2009 - Under near perfect weather conditions, college bass fishing's premier event concluded with Murray State University slipping past University of North Texas to claim the 2009 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship title. Murray State joins past champions North Carolina State (2006), Texas A&M (2007) and University of Arkansas (2008) as winners of the event.
"Murray State's win is very impressive considering this is the largest field we've ever had. Over 140 teams from more than 70 schools registered this year. My hat's off to them for a fine win. They're going to be great champions and ambassadors for collegiate bass fishing over the next year," stated Wade Middleton, Tournament Director.
The week long event sanctioned by the Association of College Anglers (ACA) was held at Sneaky Pete's on Lake Lewisville Texas. Top collegiate bass anglers, sponsors and leading industry professionals enjoyed camaraderie with one another as they participated in activities throughout the week highlighted by the competition. All of the action throughout the week as well as coverage of the 2009 ACA sanctioned regional tournaments leading up to the championship will be televised on Versus; Saturday mornings at 12:30 EST beginning in August.
After securing the day one lead with 21.66 pounds, Kalem Tippett and Vincent Campisano of Murray State University brought 14.50 pounds to the scales for a two day total of 36.16 to win the championship. The team outweighed University of North Texas, who had a two day total weight of 35.36, by less than a pound.
The same offshore ledge that yielded four of the five bass that the team weighed on day one surrendered the winning limit on day two. The first day, a Strike King Series 6 crankbait fished on Loomis Crankin Sticks generated the strikes, however, the team had to switch to Texas rigged Paca Craws to tempt the bass to bite on the final day. Vincent explained "They were relating to stumps in about 10 feet of water positioned on the sweet spot of the ledge." When asked what it meant to win the prestigious event, Kalem commented "This is a huge step toward my goal of establishing a career as a bass tournament pro. We want to thank our sponsors: Hinton Archery, Neace Lukens Insurance Co., Jet-A-Marina, Laboratory Supply Co. and Mr. C Refrigeration."
Brandon Dickenson and Austin Hollowell representing University of North Texas were picked by many as the favorites to win the event. On day one, the pair of anglers used their local knowledge to catch bass throughout the day - eventually culling up to 20.54 pounds. On day 2 they were the first team to catch a limit and seemed to be in control until Murray State made a charge late in the day. Austin Hollowell of University of North Texas stated "When the lake was off limits we practiced on other nearby lakes to get a feel for how the fish were positioned in the marinas. That helped us determine what we needed to do going into this event. We targeted poles and tire reefs near marinas fishing very slowly with wacky worms and jigs in depths ranging from 8 to 10 feet. On the final day, we were fortunate to catch what we caught."
Brandon Dickerson commented "I have to admit we had some very fortunate luck in this tournament. Going into the event I thought 32 pounds for two days would be the most we could catch if everything went just right. We had two big bites the first day of the tournament that really helped. It was a fun event. Congrats to Murray State - they flat out whacked them!" Austin and Brandon continued to thank Falcon Rods, Pure Fishing, Tackle Warehouse and Excite Baits for their support.
Rounding out the top 10 teams were:
3rd place Northwestern
State University 33.02
4th place Eastern Kentucky University 29.66
5th place Louisiana Tech University 29.56
6th place Virginia Tech 29.45
7th place University of North Alabama 29.09
8th place Louisiana Tech University #2 28.46
9th place Texas Tech 28.25
10th place University of Kentucky 26.83
For more information on the event, pictures and full results call 210-697-8081 or go to CollegiateBassChampionship.com
National Supporters of BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship and Association of Collegiate Anglers events include: BoatUS, BoatUS ANGLER, Cabelas, Ranger Boats, TruckVault, Costa Del Mar, Berkley, Aviva Fishin Buddy, Activision, Sperry Top Sider, Sebile Lures, Frogg Toggs, Gemini Custom Apparel , Yamaha, Plano, Garmin, Power Pole, All Star Rod, Abu Garcia, Lago Vista Lodge, American Rodsmith, Dodge, SureLife, City of Lewisville, Sneaky Pete's, Columbia Sportswear, The Bass Federation and Anglers Legacy.
2009 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Announces Largest Collegiate Bass Fishing Event Ever Held
LAKE LEWISVILLE, TX, May 20, 2009 -- With 286 student anglers representing 73 universities registered for the 2009 BoatUS National Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship, it will easily surpass last year's record field of 194 by over 90 anglers making it the largest collegiate bass fishing tournament ever held. Officials for the event this year had to expand the field to accommodate the record number of registrants.
"The explosive growth that club fishing has had among America's colleges over the past few years is a testament to the quality of this event, which is the premier collegiate fishing tournament. The participating anglers are the future of our sport, and we are proud to support them in their quest to be successful - and safe, tournament anglers," stated Chris Edmonston of BoatUS.
Every two-person team attending Cabela's College Day at the Cabela's retail store in Fort Worth, Texas on May 25 will be treated to a $100 shopping spree complements of Cabela's. Seminars will also be provided by several top bass fishing pros such as Clark Wendlandt, Kelly Jordon, Dave Smith, Sean Hornke, Mike Hawkes and Jeff Kriet.
The collegiate anglers will enjoy numerous incentive and discount purchasing programs provided by BoatUS ANGLER, Cabela's, Pure Fishing, Costa Del Mar, Sperry Top-Sider and Gemini Sport Marketing, as well as product samples provided by all the sponsors on site at the event. Contestants will also receive travel stipends and complementary meals to further offset costs. Scholarships and merchandise awards will be made to the top finishers - all designed to promote the growth of collegiate bass fishing.
"We continue to be impressed by the rapid growth of this tournament and collegiate bass fishing as a whole, but we're most proud to be here to provide these students the support they need both on and off the water. The dedication and can-do attitude that they bring to the table is so encouraging for the future of tournament angling and the sport of recreational fishing," said Mike Pellerin, Director of BoatUS ANGLER.
All of the action and excitement during this event will be captured by Careco Multimedia's camera teams and will be featured on the television series airing on the Versus network starting this August on Saturdays at 12:30PM EST.
"This field size this year is amazing. This event features some of the anglers who participated in our very first event in 2006. As seniors this year, they will be transitioning into the business world and will be ambassadors of the sport of fishing based on their experiences at this event and others," stated Wade Middleton, Tournament Director.
All tournament activities will take place at Sneaky Pete's, located on Lake Lewisville in Lewisville, Texas. The official practice period is May 26 & 27. Registration and the pre-tournament banquet will take place on the evening of May 27. Competition days are May 28 & 29.
For updates on the event, visit CollegiateBassChampionship.com.
The 73 schools that will be represented include : Arizona State University, Arkansas Tech University, Auburn University, Baylor University, Boise State University, Clemson University, Drury University, East Carolina University, Eastern Kentucky University, Eastern Oklahoma State College, Faulkner University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Freed-Hardeman University, Friends University, Georgia College & State University, Henderson State University, Indiana University, Kansas State University, Lamar University, Louisiana State University - Shreveport, Louisiana Tech University, Metro State College of Denver, Midwestern State University, Murray State University, North Carolina State, Northeastern A&M College, Northwestern State University, Oklahoma State University, Penn State University, Purdue University, Radford University, Sam Houston State University, Southeast Missouri State University, Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, Stephen F. Austin State University, Tarleton State University, Tennessee Tech University, Texas A&M Galveston, Texas A&M Kingsville, Texas A&M University, Texas State University, Texas Tech University, University of Alabama, University of Alabama - Birmingham, University of Arkansas, University of Arkansas - Little Rock, University of Arkansas - Monticello, University of Central Arkansas, University of Central Florida, University of Florida, University of Iowa, University of Kentucky, University of Louisiana Lafayette, University of Louisville, University of Mississippi, University of Montevallo, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, University of Nevada - Reno, University of North Alabama, University of North Texas, University of Oklahoma, University of Oregon, University of South Alabama, University of Tennessee - Chattanooga, University of Tennessee - Knoxville, University of Tennessee - Martin, University of Texas - Arlington, University of Texas - Austin, University of Texas - Tyler, University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, Virginia Tech University, Wabash College, and Western Kentucky University.
National supporters of the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship and Association of Collegiate Anglers events include : BoatUS, BoatUS ANGLER, Cabela's,, Ranger Boats, TruckVault, Costa Del Mar, Berkley, Aviva Fishin Buddy, Sperry Top-Sider, Sebile Lures, Frogg Toggs, Columbia Sportswear, Yamaha, Plano, Garmin, Power Pole, All Star Rod, Abu Garcia, Gemini Custom Apparel, Columbia Sportswear, Power Pole, Activision's Rapala Fishing Frenzy, American Rodsmith, Lago Vista Lodge, City of Lewisville, Dodge, Sneaky Pete's and The Bass Federation.