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July 12, 2014

Competition set for Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The 2014 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship will host the largest field since the programs inception in 2011. At the championship — held on Chatuge Reservoir in northeast Georgia, July 31-Aug. 2 — college anglers will compete for cash, prizes, bragging rights and a chance at the coveted 2015 Bassmaster Classic berth.

With a record 167 collegiate anglers representing 58 universities from across the United States, the championship intends to not only break attendance records, but also bring the toughest competition and highest skill level anglers to the college bass fishing circuit.

Included in the qualifiers are Charles Conger and Demetrius Thomas of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Taylor Minick and Landon Tucker of Valdosta State University and Wesley Griner and Will Myrick of Darton State College.

“The level of competition at this championship will be the highest it’s ever been,” said Jacob Nummy, a member of the 2013 national champion team from Auburn University at Montgomery who qualified again this year. “Defending the title against a field as tough as this is intimidating, but I’ve been looking forward to it all year.”

Each team qualified through either a series of conference regionals or the last-chance Wild Card tournament held on Pickwick Lake, June 27-28.

The the full field of 84 teams will compete the first two days on Chatuge. The five teams with the heaviest cumulative weights from the opening rounds will vie on Saturday, Aug.2, for the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship title.

Immediately following the national championship, the top four teams will advance to the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Classic Bracket, which will also be held on Chatuge Reservoir, Aug. 3-6.

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