College BASS Tour coming to Montgomery

ATLANTA, GA. – The College Bass Tour announced Friday that it will bring its College Bass East Super Regional tournament to Montgomery during the second annual Bite the Tail off of Cancer Crawfish Boil scheduled for April of 2010. The College Bass Tour is the nation's top collegiate bass fishing tournament series consisting of three regional events and one national championship.

Two-person teams from colleges and universities from all over the Eastern region, including schools like the University of Alabama and Clemson University will compete in the College Bass East Super Regional event on the Alabama River for more than $10,000 in scholarship funds and the ultimate in school bragging rights.

"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," said Branch Kloess, director of Riverfront Facilities for the city of Montgomery. "Alabama is blessed when it comes to bass fishing and we're thrilled to have the best collegiate anglers here to showcase it."

"We're delighted to bring the College Bass Tour to Alabama for the first time," said Steve Levi, general manager of fishing properties at Career Sports & Entertainment, the agency that owns College Bass. "Alabama is known for its excellent fishing and it's an honor for College Bass to be a part of the Crawfish Boil and help raise money for such a great cause."

The Crawfish Boil and the College Bass daily weigh-ins will take place at the Riverwalk Amphitheatre in Montgomery.

This is the second year that the Amphitheatre will host the Crawfish Boil with all proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society. In 2009, the Bite the Tail off of Cancer Crawfish Boil raised more than $22,000 and offers fun for the whole family with live entertainment, arts and crafts vendors and interactive games for kids of all ages.

The College Bass teams will fish the Alabama River, which flows through the heart of the state originating just north of Montgomery. It's known for giant spotted bass, largemouth bass, striped bass and white bass. Anglers from each participating school will fish for large-mouth bass 12 inches or longer and spotted bass 12 inches or longer, with a five-fish limit Saturday, April 10-Sunday, April 11. The heaviest two-day weight will determine the East Super Regional winner.

College Bass anglers will be attending to the Montgomery Biscuits 2010 season opener at the Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium where the first 100 collegiate anglers wearing their fishing jerseys will be honored during the game.

Montgomery has earned quite a reputation across fishing circles by hosting countless fishing tournaments over the last 20 years. In 1981 and 1982, Montgomery hosted the Bassmaster Classic and since then it's played host to many BASS events. The most recent notable tournament held this past September was the Trophy Triumph, part of the Bassmaster Toyota Tundra Angler of the Year competition that crowned Kevin Van Dam the 2009 angler of the year for the second consecutive year.

For the last five seasons, the College Bass National Championship has been featured on ESPNU. In its sixth season, College Bass will receive extended television coverage on ESPNU that will include coverage of the College Bass Super Regionals for the first time ever. ESPNU reaches more than 64 million households across the United States. Additionally, all Super Regional events will be live Web-streamed on

Since its inception in 2005, College Bass has grown from six sanctioned clubs and teams competing for the national title to 70 competing teams and 170 sanctioned clubs and the property continues to grow. College Bass boasts more than 230 sanctioned clubs for the 2010 season.

Eastern Kentucky University team of Richard Cobb and Tyler Moberly secured the 2009 College Bass East Super Regional title on Clarks Hill Lake in Evans, Ga. with a two-day total weight of 24.84 pounds giving them a victory by more than five pounds.

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INFORMATION SOURCE: City of Montgomery