Collegiate Bass Championship boasts record field

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Tournament organizers announced today that 191 teams representing 380 collegiate anglers are registered to compete in the 2011 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship. Because the field size for the event is capped at 300 anglers, BoatUS says a waiting list has been created to identify which anglers will fill the spots left vacant by registered anglers who are unable to make the trip.

This year's event will feature an international field, including a team representing the Canadian Collegiate Bass Anglers as well as the defending national high school champions from The Bass Federation, all of whom will meet at Lake Lewisville, Texas, on May 26-27 to decide the 2011 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing National Championship. The anglers competing for the title have earned the opportunity to represent their schools based on their tournament performances over the past year.

"These students have worked hard to get here," BoatUS Angler Brand Manager Steve Levi said in a statement. "Now their sole focus is all about landing the biggest catch. Our focus will be to ensure that boat problems don't stand in their way. We'll be providing on-the-water assistance just like we do in waterways across the country, on every day of the year."

Official practice fishing days are May 24 and 25. Following practice on May 24, the Cabela's retail store in Ft. Worth, Texas, will host the Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Day where the competitors will meet professional bass anglers including Clark Wendlandt, Jeff Kriet, Mike McClelland, Kelly Jordon and others. Every two-person team attending the event will be provided a $100 Cabela's gift card to help outfit themselves prior to the event.

The full field of anglers will compete on May 26 and 27. Take off will occur at safe light each morning from Sneaky Pete's and weigh-in will begin at 3 p.m. Careco TV will have camera teams on hand to capture all the action for the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship television series, which will air on the Versus network this fall on Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m.

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