College Bass Tour set to strike in Montgomery

University of Alabama Team in the 2009 College Bass National Championship - Photo courtesy of Cama Poffenberger
University of Alabama Team in the 2009 College Bass National Championship - Photo courtesy of Cama Poffenberger

Atlanta, GA – The College Bass Tour heads to Alabama’s Capital City on April 10-11 to kick off its 2010 season with the College Bass East Super Regional during the second annual Bite the Tail off of Cancer Crawfish Boil.

The tournament begins with daily morning launches at 6:00 AM at the Riverwalk Amphitheatre docks and ends with the afternoon weigh-ins at the College Bass stage at 3:00 each day.

The event is expected to be the biggest College Bass tournament to date as the series consists of three regional events and one national championship; seventy teams are registered from more than thirty colleges and universities. This is the first time Alabama will host a College Bass tournament.

Teams will fish the Alabama River, known for giant spotted bass, largemouth bass, striped bass and white bass. Anglers from each participating school will fish for large-mouth and spotted bass twelve inches or longer, with a five-fish limit.

“This is why Alabama is blessed when it comes to bass fishing and we’re thrilled to have the best collegiate anglers here to showcase it,” said Branch Kloess, director of Riverfront Facilities for the City of Montgomery. “We’re very excited to welcome the College Bass Tour to Montgomery as part of our second annual Bite the Tail off of Cancer Crawfish Boil.”

Alabama schools competing in the East Super Regional include Auburn University, Auburn University at Alabama, Birmingham-Southern University, Faulkner University, Montevallo University, Troy University, University of Alabama, University of Alabama-Birmingham, and University of North Alabama. These schools will send thirty teams for a shot at the title and more than $7,000 in scholarship money.

Last year the Eastern Kentucky team of Richard Robb and Tyler Moberly took the College Bass East Super Regional title on Clarks Hill Lake in Evans, Georgia, with a two-day total weight of 24.84 pounds. An Auburn team placed second with 19.83 pounds and a Faulkner team claimed fifth with 16.8 pounds.

“We’re delighted to bring the College Bass Tour to Alabama for the first time,” said Hank Weldon, College Bass tournament director. “It’s an honor for College Bass to be a part of the Cancer Crawfish Boil and help raise money for such a great cause.”

The Bite the Tail off of Cancer Crawfish Boil is presented by the American Cancer Society Junior Executive Board and City of Montgomery Riverfront Facilities. Not only is it a fundraising event, it offers fun for the whole family with live entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, and interactive games for kids of all ages. The Boil takes place on Saturday, April 10, from 11:00 AM until 3:30 PM.

College Bass will again receive extended television coverage on ESPNU that will include airing the College Bass Super Regionals for the first time ever.

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Article by Melissa Parker

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