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2012 Bassmaster Classic field will include first-ever collegiate angler

Tuesday, 20 December, 2011 12:11 by Chris Jay

25 year-old Andrew Upshaw of Hemphill, Texas will be competition’s first College B.A.S.S. Angler

SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER, LA – The last time 25-year-old Andrew Upshaw of Hemphill, Texas was in Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana for the Bassmaster Classic, he was working a booth at the outdoor expo that takes place during the massive, three-day event. That was in 2009, and Upshaw and his fishing partner, Ryan Watkins, both students at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas, were well on their way to becoming one of the most accomplished collegiate fishing teams in the U.S. Three years and a national collegiate championship later, Upshaw is heading back to Shreveport-Bossier for the 2012 Bassmaster Classic, which will take place Feb. 24-26 on the Red River. This time around, he won’t be sneaking into parties to meet his favorite anglers; he’ll be competing against them as the first-ever College B.A.S.S. angler.

Upshaw says he’s not intimidated by the competition, though he’s excited to be sharing the water with anglers who he considers to be the best in the world.

“These guys are the best in the world for a reason,” Upshaw said. “But I really feel like I have a great chance to win it. That may sound crazy, but that’s how I approach every tournament: I go to win.” 

The Bassmaster Classic is a three-day event that has been called “the Super Bowl of professional bass fishing.” During the 2012 Bassmaster Classic, 49 anglers representing 22 states will compete for the sport’s largest prize: $500,000 and the title of Bassmaster Classic champion. In addition to exciting daily launches and weigh-ins, fans will be treated to a free outdoor expo sponsored by Dick’s Sporting Goods. The expo, which will be held at the Shreveport Convention Center, will feature over 150 vendors, giveaways by B.A.S.S.’s sponsors, fishing seminars, angler appearances, and more.   

For more information on the 2012 Bassmaster Classic, visit the official website at www.bassmaster.com/classic. For information on planning a visit to Shreveport-Bossier during the event, or to request a Visitor’s Guide to Shreveport-Bossier: Louisiana’s Other Side, visit www.shreveport-bossier.org/bassmaster-classic.

NOTE TO MEDIA: Andrew Upshaw is available for media interviews upon request. High-resolution promotional images of past Bassmaster Classic events are also available upon request. For more information, contact Chris Jay at cjay@sbctb.org or (318) 429-0658.

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