Photo courtesy: Larry Towell
We knew had to make a shirt for them when we heard the story of Virginia Tech's 2007 bass fishing national championship team.
In early 2007, Scott Wiley learned about College Bass Fishing from a friend of a friend; and the rest is history. Wiley would be new to college bass fishing but not the sport itself. So he quickly contacted the Virginia Tech Student Government Association and immediately started a new team.
Several days after the team was formed, they sent two teams to North Carolina State for a competition where Wiley's team won. From then on, he was on a crash course to a title. They were immediately on the map for college bass fishing.
A trip to the Arkansas River was up next, where 35 teams were out to claim the 2007 College Bass Fishing National Title. They finished Day 1 in second place and won Day 2. Still, scores canceled out each round, so each team remaining was even going into the finals.
Wiley and his team won the final day with 8 pounds, 8 ounces on four fish, and a national championship trophy, after navigating a rough Arkansas River that most teams weren't able to handle.
Photo credit: Bassmaster
But wait ... what is college bass fishing anyway? The US has 610 college bass fishing teams, with most club teams and a few varsity programs.
The first known college bass fishing tournament occurred between Purdue and IU on April 18, 1992, at Lake Monroe, Indiana. Purdue won the competition by three pounds. Boiler Up.
- Two fishermen are allowed per boat.
- Bass kept must be at least 12 inches in length (depending on the lake)
- Five bass limit allowed per team at the weigh-in
- .25 ounces deducted for each dead bass weighed in
- One pound deducted for each short bass weighed in
- One pound deducted for every minute late after weigh-in deadline time
- Greatest overall weight of bass limit wins the event
And that folks, is your starter course on college bass fishing. So far we only have one fishing shirt on the site, but who is to say we won't make more for this wonderful sport. If you've got suggestions for other sports we should add, let us know in the comments!
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