June 18, 2007
UMF College Edition Puts Oswego County on the Bass Tournament Map
OSWEGO COUNTY, NY - Top college bass anglers from across the U.S. will travel to Oswego County starting this weekend for an intense bass fishing competition on Oneida Lake. Produced by The Outdoor Channel and hosted by the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning, the Ultimate Match Fishing College Edition Tournament will feature intercollegiate rivals from 12 top universities across the U.S.
Veteran professional angler Joe Thomas, host of The Outdoor Channel's Ultimate Match Fishing, will host the tournament. Students from Penn State, Alabama, Illinois, Kansas State, Iowa, Louisville, Oklahoma, Oregon, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Texas A & M, and Purdue will compete. One student angler is selected from each school.
“This is a very exciting opportunity for Oswego County,” said David Turner, director of the county's Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. “The fantastic fishing on Oneida Lake and in Oswego County will receive broad exposure over The Outdoor Channel for more than a year,” said Turner. “These teams can be considered the next generation of professional bass anglers, and Oswego County is an excellent location to introduce them to fans.”
Turner said several Oswego County businesses and organizations have provided sponsorship support to the event. They include Time Warner Cable, K & G Lodge and Resort in Scriba, Canale's Restaurant in Oswego, the Castaways Restaurant in Brewerton, the Waterfront Restaurant in Brewerton, Winter Harbor Marina in Brewerton, and the Port City Bassmasters.
The competition, which runs June 18 through 29, will allow each angler to fish from the front of the boat for half of the fishing day. Students will switch places every 90 minutes over the course of the day. UMF referee Mark Randolph will also participate.
The winning angler receives a $10,000 scholarship and the runner-up receives a $7,500 scholarship. Third and fourth place winners will receive $5,000 and $2,500 scholarships. The champion also receives an all-expense paid trip to Billy Chapman Jr.'s Angler's Inn on Lake El Salto in Mexico.
“I want to thank the local businesses and members of the Port City Bassmasters for their help in organizing this tournament,” said Turner. “We are extremely pleased to have this opportunity to work with UMF host Joe Thomas, Mark Randolph, and the staff of The Outdoor Channel. Fans across the U.S. will be able to see great fishing on Oneida Lake when the show debuts later this fall on Time-Warner Cable.”
For the latest Oswego County fishing conditions and visitor information, call 1-800-248-4FUN (4386) or visit www.visitoswegocounty.com.
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