News and tournament results from the 2011 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship.

 

2011 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship

2012 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Open Announced

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PARIS, TN, September 29, 2011 - Collegiate anglers throughout the country will be setting their sights on Kentucky Lake for the 2012 Collegiate Bass Fishing Open, Presented by Pepsi. Serving as host for the third consecutive year, The Henry County Alliance of Paris, Tennessee, and the Paris Landing Marina will be tournament headquarters. Fishing takes place June 23-24, with the registration, dinner, and activities to be held Friday, June 22, 2012.

This unique event features a true team format that allows teammates to share information and work together to amass the largest amount of weight possible over two days of competition. The winning team will be determined by the combined weight of each team's top two boats each day.

"Our unique format in the Collegiate Bass Fishing Open, presented by Pepsi has proven to be a popular concept in collegiate fishing," said Danny Blandford, Program Director of the Association of Collegiate Anglers. "Between the team aspect of competition, and a first-class fishery like Kentucky Lake, we have a winning combination in Paris, and it's great to keep growing the event with the Henry County Alliance. We are looking forward to a few new elements in 2012, which will just add to the overall event experience for our anglers and the community."

To kick off the event, anglers will be participating in a "Spirit Parade" through town, featuring the trucks, boats, and of course, school spirit. The route will lead everyone to the Henry County Fairgrounds, where anglers will be treated to a fish fry and registration banquet. In addition to the competitors, the public is invited to come out and meet the students and attend free professional fishing seminars by some of the nation's top touring bass professionals.

Tournament Director, Wade Middleton, commented, "The parade, the fish fry, and the seminars and social are the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Series and ACA's version of a pep rally the night before the big game. The anglers have a blast in the Collegiate Bass Fishing Open, Presented by Pepsi, and it's certainly a big game for the teams. We film more fish catches in those few days, than we would normally film in a month. The south end of Kentucky Lake is simply amazing, especially that time of year."

Tyler Moberly, of the Eastern Kentucky University team, summed it up best in 2011, "The lake was on fire, and it was by far the most fun my partner, Kyle Raymer and I have had on the water." The EKU fishing team is currently two-time defending champions in the Open, with the goal of making it three in a row. The event is open to all collegiate fishing teams recognized by their university, and there is no entry fee to participate. The Open will also be the last qualifying tournament for the 2012 ACA School of the Year Program, meaning winners of this inaugural program will be crowned in Paris on Sunday, June 24 at the conclusion of the event. Those teams interested in learning more should visit: Collegiatebasschampionship.com.

Daily weigh-ins will be held at Paris Landing Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24. Collegiate fishing fans, family members, and friends of competitors can follow the action by visiting Collegiatebasschampionship.com and Facebook.com/CollegiateBassChampionship. Televised coverage will be seen on Versus, now part of the NBC Sports Group, and available to over 75 million households.

About the ACA
The Association of Collegiate Anglers, a division of CarecoTV, is a sanctioning body developed to facilitate growth, development, and structure within competitive collegiate bass fishing. The ACA provides support to dozens of regional events nationwide and owns the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Series, the largest collegiate tournament circuit in the country. With dedicated programming on the Versus network, three nationally televised collegiate bass fishing events, and thousands of members, the ACA is the leader in competitive collegiate bass fishing.

For more information on the ACA, or the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Series, visit www.collegiatebasschampionship.com. For more information on CarecoTV, visit www.carecotv.com.

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Eastern Kentucky Repeats as Open Champions 2011 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Open presented by Pepsi

Photo of Eastern Kentucky University winners of BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Open

PARIS, TN, July 2011 – It’s not often in a sport as competitive as collegiate bass fishing that a team wins back-to-back tournament titles; although that’s exactly what the Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) bass team accomplished today by winning the 2011 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Open presented by Pepsi for the second year in a row.

The unique format of the Open tournament allows each school club to send as many teams as they like, with each team consisting of up to six anglers and three boats. EKU claimed the Open title in 2010 when Tyler Moberly and Kyle Raymer competed as a single boat team. This year, Tyler and Kyle, along with teammates Jonas Ertel, John Smith, Matt Salmons and Will Pope, fished as a three-boat team and combined their talents and knowledge of Kentucky Lake to successfully defend their Open title with a total weight of 42.73 pounds.

Ertel and Moberly shared a boat and located several schools of suspended bass, catching over 100 per day, including about 50 small keepers. The pair also fished a spot that yielded some better quality bass using swimbaits. Although their teammates weren’t catching big numbers of bass, they succeeded in catching some bigger fish from ledges with worms and jigs that helped propel the team to victory. The EKU team wishes to thank J&J Marine, who repaired an electrical problem with one of the boats at no charge following the first day of competition.

Starting the day in third place with 23.83 pounds, The University of North Carolina-Charlotte team amassed a tournament total of 41.27 pounds, which was good enough to claim second place. Teammates, Eric Self, Tyler Beam, Shane Lehew and Adam Waters shared three sweet spots located on main river ledges that produced approximately 100 bass, with most in the 2.5 pound size range. The majority of the bass the team brought to the scales were caught using a combination of Strike King 6XD crankbaits, 12” Berkley Power Worms and watermelon craw ER football jigs.

Finishing in third place with a total weight of 39.45 pounds, the University of North Alabama bass team stayed close to Paris Landing Marina and maximized their fishing time. The team caught all their bass from three sweet spots. One is a 20-foot deep river ledge, another is a shell bed positioned on an island point and the third spot is a sharp point on a river ledge that drops from 10 to 19 feet and features heavy cover. A combination of football jigs and Carolina rigged soft plastics proved to be effective for tempting more than 150 bass to bite. The team explained that they utilized their Lowrance HDS Structure Scan units to locate the fish and their HydroWave units to activate the schools of bass.

David Lambert, representing the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, secured the Costa overall big bass and Berkley day one big bass awards for his team by landing a 9.49-pound lunker on a spot the team located during the Open event last year. The big bass was fooled with a Carolina rigged Berkley Power Worm and was positioned on a shell bed located on a river ledge that dropped from 13 to 15 feet.

The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga team claimed the Berkley day two big bass awards when Robby Crosslin boated a 7.54-pound bass that was coaxed into biting a Carolina rigged Berkley Power Worm.

Rounding out the top ten is:

4 - Tennessee-Chattanooga 38.79
5 - Northwest Shoals 37.88
6 - Murray State 37.05
7 - Austin Peay 36.95
8 - Purdue 34.76
9 - Tennessee-Martin 33.61
10- Louisville 33.28

The BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Series is sanctioned by the Association of Collegiate Anglers and will be televised on Versus by CarecoTV beginning July 31 at 2:00 pm CST. The weekly television series will showcase the 2011 series of tournaments, including the Collegiate Bass Fishing Open presented by Pepsi.

The Series is sponsored by BoatUS, BoatUS ANGLER, Cabela’s, Sperry Top-Sider, Columbia Sportswear, frogg toggs, Lazer TroKar, Abu Garcia, Berkley, Costa, Ranger Boats, Onyx, HydroWave, Mountain Dew, Gemini Sport Marketing, Big Bite Baits, Yamaha, Spro, PowerPole, Pepsi and Sunline.

For complete standings, photo album and additional information, please visit www.CollegiateBassChampionship.com or contact Wade Middleton at wademiddleton@aol.com.

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Florence/Lauderdale Tourism will Host Championship On Pickwick Lake in 2012 and 2013

FLORENCE, AL, June 7, 2011 - The Association of Collegiate Anglers (ACA) announced today that Florence/Lauderdale Tourism will host the 2012 and 2013 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship events on Pickwick Lake, AL.

"We are delighted for the opportunity to host the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship in 2012 and 2013," said Debbie Wilson, Florence/Lauderdale Tourism Executive Director. "We look forward to a spectacular event in Florence on Pickwick Lake. Beth Agee and our Florence tourism team have big plans for providing a memorable experience for the collegiate anglers."

The 2012 Championship event will be held May 21-25 and will feature a two person team format. Each school will be allowed to send their top three teams and it's expected that as many as 200 teams will compete for the prestigious national championship title. The full field will compete both days and the winners will be determined by the heaviest cumulative weight.

"We're very excited that Florence. AL will host the 7th and 8th annual BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship events on Pickwick Lake," commented Wade Middleton, Tournament Director and President of Careco TV. Since the inaugural national championship event in 2006, our goal has been to provide more opportunities for collegiate anglers while growing the sport of bass fishing. "Florence/Lauderdale Tourism and Pickwick Lake provide many resources that will contribute greatly to the future growth of the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Series.

The 2012 event promises to be a highly contested tournament featuring the big catches that Pickwick Lake has become known for during the late spring time period. In addition to quality largemouth bass, Pickwick is home to big smallmouth and spotted bass as well. Weigh-ins will take place at McFarland Park on May 24 & 25 beginning at 3:00 pm each day.

Camera teams from CarecoTV will capture all the action and extensive coverage of the event will be featured on the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship television series; which will consist of 18 half hours of programming that will air on the Versus network, now part of the NBC Sports Group, during the Fall of 2012.

Under the leadership of the ACA, collegiate bass fishing continues to grow at an astounding pace as new fishing clubs are forming at universities throughout the United States. There are currently more than 200 institutionally recognized fishing clubs nationwide.

Visit www.CollegiateBassChampionship.com for current news and more information about collegiate bass fishing events.

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UCF Knights Win 2011 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship

Photo of Sonar Burghoff and Casey O'Donnell

Sonar Burghoff and Casey O’Donnell Tame Wind-Churned Lake Lewisville

LEWISVILLE, TX, May 27, 2011 – Sonar Burghoff and Casey O’Donnell of the University of Central Florida were very confident heading into the final day of competition in the 2011 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship. Trailing the day one leaders by less than a quarter of a pound, the team believed they were on the fish to win the National Championship.

After weighing in 17.07 pounds on day one, Sonar and Casey caught one of only six, five bass limits recorded on the final day. They added 10.85 pounds to their day one weight for a total of 27.92 pounds, giving the team a comfortable margin of victory. The key to their tournament winning pattern was to concentrate on small pockets that featured deep water near the back. The team relied on the Navionics Platinum map chip to locate the productive pockets and Texas rigged Ouzo Chunky Monkeys as well as Secret Lures jigs to catch quality bass positioned around isolated dead willow trees. “We expanded on our water as the tournament unfolded both days,” said Sonar. “As we moved around the lake, we’d stop and fish isolated bushes positioned in pockets that had the right contour features.”

In an emotional moment, Sonar thanked Topwater Clothing, Jetworks Air Center and Business Air for their support. “There’s no way I could fish competitively without their support,” he commented.

Starting the final day in 9th place with 12.39 pounds, Scott Jones and Andrew Sanders of the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff hauled a 13.28 pound limit to the scales and claimed second place with a total weight of 25.67 pounds. “It feels good to do so well in an event of this magnitude,” said Scott. “We never caught a fish prior to 11:00 either day but we persevered and it paid off.”

The key for Jones and Sanders was to concentrate on green bushes positioned in 2-3 feet of stained water and avoid the muddy water resulting from the strong winds. The team utilized ¾ ounce Texas rigged Sweet Beavers and 5/16 ounce Eakins jigs to entice the finicky Lake Lewisville bass to bite. The team wishes to thank Berkley, Abu Garcia, Poor Man Jigs, BoatUS and all of the event sponsors for their support.

Finishing day one in 17th place with 10.71 pounds, Cody McCrary and Neil Arnaud of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette rallied to claim third place on the strength of an 11.17 pound five bass limit, giving the team a two day total of 21.88 pounds. “We just junked fished,” explained McCrary. “We hit a bunch of spots based on previous experience and caught fish both shallow and deep.” The team used a variety of lures including a shaky head, Carolina rig, Texas rig and crankbait.

McCrary and Arnaud wish to thank their sponsors: Wildlife Energy Drinks, Concrete 79520, Courtesy Automotive Group, Don’s Specialty Meats, Seaguar, Lazer TroKar, Tony Chachere’s Foods, Duckett Fishing Rods and OCR Custom Rods.

Rounding out the top 10 is:

4th Louisiana-Monroe Nick LaDart & Daniel Echols 21.55
5th Wisconsin-Steven’s Point Adam Kolbeck & Tyler Gollakner 21.38
6th Arkansas Mook Miller & Kyle Billingsley 21.30
7th Tarleton State Matt Carr & Cody Morrison 20.09
8th Alabama Jeremy Christian & Logan Johnson 20.02
9th Alabama Dustin Connell & Keith Kirkley 19.38
10th Arkansas Tech Dustin Huggins & Evan Barnes 18.95

The 2011 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship awarded scholarships, travel funds, incentive awards and merchandise prizes to the top finishers thanks to the support of numerous event sponsors such as BoatUS ANGLER, Cabela’s, Sperry Top-Sider, Columbia Sportswear, frogg toggs, Lazer TroKar, Abu Garcia, Berkley, Costa, Ranger Boats, Onyx, HydroWave, Gemini Sport Marketing, Big Bite Baits, Yamaha, Spro, Pepsi, and Sunline.

The 2011 Champions will advance to fish the 2012 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 Forrest Wood Cup.

The BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Series is sanctioned by the Association of Collegiate Anglers and will be televised on Versus, part of NBC Sports Group, by CarecoTV beginning the last Sunday in July at 2:00 p.m. ET. The weekly television series will showcase the 2011 series of tournaments including the Collegiate Bass Fishing Open presented by Pepsi which will be held June 27-30.

For complete standings, photo album and additional information, please visit www.CollegiateBassChampionship.com or contact Wade Middleton at wade@carecotv.com.

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