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May 25, 2017

UM to host final weigh-in for Bassmaster College Series Wild Card Tournament


On Saturday, June 10, approximately 200 anglers from more than 50 university teams will gather on the University of Montevallo campus for the final weigh-in of the Bassmaster College Series Wild Card tournament, presented by Bass Pro Shops.


Hosted by B.A.S.S., the world’s largest fishing organization, the tournament will take place June 8-10, on Lay Lake in Shelby County.


The Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presents teams competing for cash, prizes, bragging rights and an invitation to compete with the pros in the $1 million GEICO Bassmaster Classic, presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods.


The Wild Card is the last opportunity for teams who did not qualify for the National Championship in conference fish-offs to compete.


In the qualifying event, two-person teams will try to catch the heaviest five bass limits on each of the three event days. The top 10 will go on to compete in the championship.


Two members of UM’s fishing team, J.T. Russell and Chase Grubbs, are already championship contenders after they placed during the Carhartt Bassmaster Series Regional at Winyah Bay in South Carolina.


The rest of their teammates will cast their lines during the Wild Card for spots in the championship. “I think it’s a wonderful opportunity for all of these colleges to see the University and experience its beauty,” said Ryan Baker, president of UM’s fishing team.


According to President’s Outdoors Scholars Program Director William Crawford, having the competition so close to home is not only cost-effective for the team, but could also work in their favor.


“Some of the best college fishing teams in the country are right here in the state of Alabama,” said Crawford. “We may have an advantage here on our home turf. Some of our anglers grew up fishing in Lay Lake and know it like the back of their hand.”


The competition will begin when boats launch from Beeswax Creek Park at 5:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 8. The final weigh-in on the UM campus will begin at 3 p.m. on the tournament’s final day. All weigh-ins and venues are free and open to the public.

Schedule of Events

*All times are tentative


Thursday, June 8

5:30 a.m.                 Anglers take off from Beeswax Creek Park (245 Beeswax Park Road, Columbiana, Ala. 35051). Public launch viewing is available each day.


1:30 p.m.                 Official weigh-in takes place at Beeswax Creek Park


Friday, June 9

5:30 a.m.                 Anglers take off from Beeswax Creek Park. Public launch viewing is available each day.


1:30 p.m.                 Official weigh-in takes place at Beeswax Creek Park


Saturday, June 10

5:30 a.m.                 The final take off from Beeswax Creek Park. Public launch viewing is available each day.


3 p.m.                      Official weigh-in takes place at the University of Montevallo (75 College Drive, Montevallo, Ala. 35115).

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