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WV Bass Federation Kicks Off Tournament With Celebrity Pro-Am

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MORGANTOWN -

The first day of summer brought fishermen from all over the state, and even right here in Morgantown, for a little friendly competition before the real work begins.

The event kicked off Friday with the Celebrity Pro-Am, but that was just the beginning.

Around 500 fishermen competed in ten different events to qualify for the tournament.

"The top 60 teams made it. We took 30 teams out of each division out of those ten events. They had to work to qualify to get here," John Burdette, WV Bass Federation President. "Some of the best fishermen in the state are here this weekend. And some of them are from out of state, bordering states."

The Mayor, politicians and even some WVU coaches came out for the event.

"Other than going to the College World Series, fishing is my second favorite thing to do," said Randy Mazey, the WVU Baseball Head Coach. "Any opportunity to get out on the water to go learn a little bit more about conservation on the Mon River and fish here, which I understand is one of the best in the state for bass fishing."

Coach Mazey came in second place at the Celebrity Pro-Am. He was beat out by someone who caught a bass that was almost 4 pounds, which is on the larger side, but not unusual.

"It is an excellent location, always has been. You're not going to catch a lot of four or five pound very large bass that you do at some other places in other states but the numbers are good," said Burdette. "Quality fish, two or three pound fish, are very common and we'll have an excellent weigh in."

The Celebrity Pro-Am fishermen went to Oliverio's for lunch.

The public is welcomed to join the weigh-ins at 4 pm Saturday and Sunday at Hazel Ruby McQuain Park.