Collegiate Bass Fishing






April 5, 2007
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Collegiate Bass Fishing In National Spotlight
As college basketball winds up its championship play, another college
sport is coming out of its own March Madness flurry to kick off a
season that culminates with a fall national title.
The sport is collegiate bass fishing, and the goal for all teams is
the BoatUS FOX College Sports National Bass Fishing Championship
(NCBFC) scheduled for Lake Lewisville, Texas, Sept. 27-29, 2007. The
non-profit Collegiate Bass Anglers Association (CBAA) recently named
the NCBFC as the sport's premier event for determining the national
collegiate fishing champion.
Three major college bass tournaments were held last month as the
season's openers. The Big 10 Classic has been an annual event for the
past 12 years and the host school of the recent North Carolina State
Invitational also boasts a long-established collegiate fishing
In contrast, the Arkansas Tech Open was an inaugural event. Its
winner, the University of Arkansas, has not had a team before this
New collegiate fishing programs and teams appear to be an increasing
trend, with much of the interest being fueled by the growing number
of competitions and the elevated national attention from the FOX
College Sports (FCS) television exposure.
In fact, of all the colleges and universities qualified for
participation in the NCBFC, 25 are schools that started new fishing
clubs since the airing of the first FCS BoatUS television show
earlier this year. The movement is good news to fishing and boating
companies interested in the college-aged demographic.
"To maintain a healthy industry, we must involve today's young
participants as they go through their college years," said Randy
Hopper, president for Ranger Boats, a second-year NCBFC sponsor. "We
see college bass fishing as a way to sustain their interest and
attract others."
The introduction-to-fishing aspect of the collegiate program caught
the eye of the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF),
the non-profit organization responsible for growing participation in
the sport. "These anglers are ideal ambassadors and recruiters for
the sport," said Jim Stewart, RBFF manager of education and outreach.
"Our Anglers' Legacy program got behind this effort because we see it
as a great way to increase interest and create excitement for angling
among young people. It is proving to be a tremendous way to grow
As the country's 2007 collegiate teams prepare for upcoming
tournaments and/or work on plans to host their own, all have their
eyes on the championship event this fall. Registration for the NCBFC
opens on April 5. Eligible college and university fishing clubs have
the opportunity to send up to two teams to participate in the 2007
championship. The official place to register and view all related
rules is
One team that intends to be on Lake Lewisville during the September
championship is from the recently formed University of Arkansas club.
"In fishing, unlike in most other college sports, just about any team
has a chance to win the title," said Matthew Ridgeway, a junior at
the school and president of the group. "We dont have to be the
biggest or the fastest guys - we just have to catch the most weight
of those green fish we're after."
In FCS collegiate bass fishing events, the anglers are completely
responsible for boat operation and fishing decisions. Rules and
regulations vary by individual event throughout the season, but
complete information for the NCBFC can be viewed at
The FOX College Sports NCBFC 2006 series was made possible by a
number of national sponsors, including: BoatUS, Ranger Boats, Garmin,
Evinrude, Cabela's, Minn Kota, Costa Del Mar, Anglers' Legacy,
American Rodsmiths, Keelshield, Nemire Lures, Sebile, and Yozuri.
FOX College Sports is the nation's leading source for live televised
collegiate games and events. The BoatUS National Collegiate Bass
Fishing Championship television series is a FOX College Sports
See also (below):
- Participating colleges/universities
- Results of North Carolina State Invitational
- Results of Big 10 Classic
- Results of Arkansas Tech Invitational
Athens State
Auburn University
Calhoun Community College
University of Alabama
University of Montevallo
Arkansas State University
Arkansas Tech University
University of Arkansas
University of Arkansas - Monticello
Arizona State University
Humboldt State University
University of Connecticut
Florida Community College of Jacksonville
Florida State
Santa Fe Community College
University of Central Florida
Webber International University
Georgia Southern University
Shorter College
Southern Polytechnic State University
Valdosta State University
University of Georgia
Illinois State University
Northwestern University
Southern Illinois University
University of Illinois
University of Illinois - Chicago
University of Illinois - Springfield
University of Illinois - Urbana

Ball State University
Indiana State University
Indiana University
Purdue North Central
Purdue University
Tri-State University
Wabash College

Iowa State
St. Ambrose University
University of Iowa
Upper Iowa University
Butler County Community College
Dodge City Community Fort Hays State University
Kansas State
Pittsburg State University
Sterling College
Centre College
Eastern Kentucky University
Morehead State
Murray State University
Pikeville College
University of Kentucky
University of Louisville
Western Kentucky
Louisiana Tech
McNeese State
Northwestern State
University of Louisiana - Lafayette
University of Louisiana - Monroe
Bates College

Cambridge College
Frostburg State
Salisbury University
University of Baltimore
Eastern Michigan
Michigan State University
Southwestern Michigan
University of Central Michigan
University of Michigan
Wayne State
Western Michigan
University of Minnesota
Mississippi State

Southeast Missouri State University
University of Missouri
North Carolina
Appalachian State
University of North Carolina - Charlotte
North Carolina State University
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
North Dakota
North Dakota State University
University of Nebraska
New York
Buffalo State University
Cornell University
Cleveland State University
Ohio State University
University of Dayton
Wright State University
Oklahoma State University
University of Oklahoma
Rogers State University
University of Oregon
Clarion University
Lancaster Bible College
Messiah College
Penn State University
Penn State University - Altoona
Penn State University - Berks
Penn State University - Dubois
South Carolina
Piedmont Technical College
University of South Carolina
Freed-Hardeman University
Jackson State Community College
University of Tennessee - Martin
Dallas Baptist University
Kingwood College
Stephen F. Austin
Texas A&M
Texas Tech University
University of North Texas
University of Texas - Arlington
West Texas A&M
Christopher Newport University
Liberty University
Virginia Tech
University of Wisconsin - Madison
University of Wisconsin - Whitewater
University of Wisconsin - Platteville
West Virginia
Concord University
Marshall University
Final Individual Team Standings for North Carolina State Invitational
Falls Lake, NC, March 9-10, 2007
1. Virginia Tech (Grinnell/Wiley) - 22 lbs
2. North Carolina State University (Quesinberry/Church) - 14.9 lbs
3. Eastern Kentucky University (Cobb /Moberly) - 12.3 lbs
4. Virginia Tech (Thompson/Maycheck) - 11.13 lbs
5. Murray State (Phillips/Cauey) - 10.4 lbs
6. North Carolina State University (McClenney/Livingston) - 8.10 lbs
7. University of South Carolina (Nettles/Rast) - 4.7 lbs
8. University of South Carolina (Mathis/Whitley) - 2.9 lbs
9. Purdue (Ducey/Sowers) - 2.7 lbs
10. University of North Carolina - Charlotte (Murphy/Strain) - 2.14
11. University of Alabama (Morris/Whitehead) - 0.0 lbs
Final School Standings for Big Ten Championship
Newton Lake, IL, March 17-18, 2007
1. Illinois - 21.915 lbs
2. Pennsylvania State - 17.25 lbs
3. Iowa - 14.51 lbs
4. Michigan State - 14.23 lbs
5. Purdue - 12.67 lbs
6. Wisconsin - 9.25 lbs
7. Michigan - 7.97 lbs
8. Indiana - 0 lbs

Final Top 10 School Standings for Arkansas Tech Invitational
Lake Dardanelle, AR, March 23-24, 2007
1. University of Arkansas
2. Stephen F. Austin (TX)
3. Stephen F. Austin (TX)
4. University of Illinois
5. Stephen F. Austin (TX)
6. Northwestern State University (LA)
7. University of Alabama
8. Stephen F. Austin (TX)
9. Pittsburg State (KY)
10. Northwestern State University (LA)
Other participating schools included: Southeast Missouri State,
University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, University of Arkansas -
Monticello, Purdue and the University of Oklahoma




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