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BoatUS National Collegiate Bass Tournament Shows That Anglers Can Use A Little Help Every Now And Then
The BoatUS National Collegiate Bass Tournament held October 19-21 with 41 teams on Lake Lewisville, TX, yielded some insights into how and why fishing boats break down.
Mike Pellerin, Director of the new BoatUSAngler program explains: “Unlike the pro tournaments where boats, trailers and equipment are virtually new, many of our college student contestants had rigs with some wear-and-tear typical of today’s fishing boats. Tough weather conditions on opening day led to a couple of breakdowns right at the start. If this tournament’s fishing activity is typical of a weekend on an averaged-sized lake, it shows that things don’t always go according to plan. But having help when you need it can make a bad day get a lot better, ” added Pellerin.
The following developments occurred over the course of the tournament’s three days:
- Number of on-the-road boat trailer breakdowns experienced by teams while driving to the tournament: 4
- The types of trailer breakdowns: 3 flat tires and 1 broken axle.
- The number of minutes that passed after the first day’s start time until the an angler had to request on-the-water assistance from TowBoatUS: 13 minutes
- Total number of on-the-water tows of disabled fishing boats provided by TowBoatUS over the tournament’s four days: 4
- Number of outdrives that struck a submerged object: 1
- Number of throttle failures: 1
- Number of contestant bass boats that swamped and needed a tow back to the launch ramp: 1
- Number of bass boats that took on water due to a faulty gas pedal installation: 1
The entire Tournament will air on TV on the Fox College Sports Net starting in January 2007.