Montgomery looks to expand as tournament host

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Vying for bragging rights--and scholarship money--dozens of bass anglers trolled the Alabama river.  College students from across the Southeast searched for the perfect catch.

It's all part of the 2010 College Bass East Super Regional Tournament.  The competition gives anglers the chance to strut their skills and lets the city build a reputation in the fishing world.

"[It's] an opportunity for us to show this off. Talking to the anglers, they've really enjoyed this," explained Denise Welch, the event's coordinator.

It's already enjoyable for anglers like Auburn Montgomery student Jacob Nummy. He and his partner placed third after two days of fishing at home.

"I think we need to do more of this stuff, just to preserve the sport and let people know that it's out there," Nummy said.

Tournament organizers say that's a good idea.

"We'd love to come back. It's been great. The fishing's been great. You really couldn't ask for a better venue," explained Hank Weldon, College Bass' tournament director.

In the end, the University of Georgia came away with the title, but Montgomery also counts the competition as a win.

"We're talking about a championship. This is just a little stepping stone. We would really like to have a championship next year," Welch explained.

Organizers say they're still negotiating which event would come to Montgomery.   In the meantime, at least two major competitions are coming to the Capital City this year.

'Fishin' Chix,' an organization of female anglers, will hold its first-ever fresh-water tournament during Jubilee Cityfest in May.

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