Collegiate anglers throughout the country will be setting their sights on Chickamauga Lake for the 2014 Collegiate Bass Fishing Open. Registrations kicked off Monday for college anglers from across the nation for the first of the three major collegiate fishing events that the Association of Collegiate Anglers and Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series operates.
In a new twist, this year the Collegiate Bass Fishing Open has been moved up on the schedule to be the first event of the season. This new date and lake gives college anglers a chance to visit Dayton, Tenn. and fish on one of the nation's hottest bass fishing lakes, Chickamauga Lake. Competition takes place March 14th and 15th, with the onsite registration, dinner, and activities to be held Thursday March 13th.
The event is open to all collegiate fishing teams recognized by their university, and there is no entry fee to participate. Registration is officially open and can be found here
Many colleges and universities, such as UTC and Bryan College, now sponsor bass fishing teams. Some, such as Bryan College, are even providing scholarships
This unique event features a true team format that allows teammates to share information and work together to amass the largest amount of weight possible over two days of competition. The winning team will be determined by the combined weight of each team's top two boats each day.
"Our unique format in the Collegiate Bass Fishing Open has proven to be a popular concept in collegiate fishing," said Wade Middleton, of the Association of Collegiate Anglers. "Between the team aspect of competition, and a first-class fishery like Lake Chickamauga, which has been producing some giant stringers of bass, we expect this event to really be one that shines both for the anglers and in the subsequent television coverage."
Dennis Tumlin, Executive Director of the Rhea Economic Development & Tourism Council, in Dayton, TN added, "We are excited about hosting the Collegiate Bass Fishing Open here in Dayton, TN on beautiful Lake Chickamauga - America's hottest bass lake. We are looking forward to hosting collegiate anglers from all over the nation and showing them why Dayton is the best host city in America. We expect more than one ten pounder to cross the scales during this event and possibly the next state record largemouth."
Daily weigh-ins will be held at Dayton Boat Docks starting at 3:00 pm. Collegiate fishing fans, family members, and friends of competitors can follow the action visiting CollegiateBassChampionship.com
Televised coverage will be seen later this year on several national networks including NBC Sports Outdoors, and Pursuit Network.Photo by Richard Simms, NewsChannel 9: 2010 FLW college bass fishing event held on Chickamauga Lake.