NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ar (AGFC) - Approximately 138 collegiate anglers from 69 colleges and universities across the country will be making their way to North Little Rock for the fifth annual Under Armour College Bass National Championship.
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock will be on hand to defend their national championship won last year on Lake Maumelle and a private lake near England. UALR's team of Jeremy Reese and Trent Gebhardt last year brought in a five-bass limit that weighed 21.24 pounds to easily outdistance their nearest competitor by almost 4 pounds.
This year, thecollegiate anglers will be casting their lines for a chance at more than $15,000 in scholarship monies and prizes. It will take place on the Arkansas River Friday, July 10-Sunday, July 12.
"In 2005 with only six sanctioned clubs and teams competing for the national title, we created College Bass to support bass fishing at the college club level," said Steve Levi, general manager of fishing properties at Career Sports & Entertainment, the agency that owns College Bass. "Now with nearly 70 competing teams and 170 sanctioned clubs, we're returning to Arkansas with the top anglers battling it out for bass-fishing supremacy in the challenging, but rewarding North Little Rock waters."
The best collegiate anglers in the country will compete for a chance to call themselves the 2009 national champions as well as nationally televised bragging rights since ESPNU will be airing this event Wednesday, Aug. 5 and Sunday, Aug. 9. Only one team per school can compete in this premier event. Participating schools must host College Bass-sanctioned qualifiers to select their representative team.
Anglers from each participating school will fish for large-mouth bass 15 inches or longer and spotted bass 12 inches or longer, with a five-fish limit. Teams will fish a standard three-day format, with the field narrowed down to the top five teams on the final day. Weights will then be zeroed, and the largest one-day total on Sunday's final day of competition will take the title.
Tournament waters will be restricted to Arkansas River Pools 5-7.