The 2019 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops is not just a fishing tournament – it’s a week-long celebration of college fishing. The entire week is devoted to all the anglers and schools that are competing. The Association of Collegiate Anglers and its supporters go above and beyond for the competitors that will be in Florence, Alabama competing for both the crowning of the 2019 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Champions, as well as awarding the 2019 Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia title.
Collegiate anglers from across the nation will enjoy a week full of fishing on one of the hottest lakes in the nation. With official practice starting this Sunday, May 19th at sunrise, anglers will have plenty of study time on the lake to find schools of trophy bass. On Monday, May 20th, anglers continue practice while tournament staff are on-site setting up for all the week’s festivities.
The first official gathering of college anglers is at the mandatory Yamaha Angler Appreciation Night that will take place on Tuesday, May 21st from 4:00-7:00pm. Anglers will be greeted with a Flip, Pitch, and Cast contest presented by Abu Garcia featuring a ton of great prizes as well as pizza party dinner provided by Yamaha. Garmin Marine will also be doing demonstrations of their latest electronics where anglers will get to see Live Scope in use on the water, and Ranger Boats will be providing demo rides for college anglers as well.
Practice continues through Wednesday, May 22nd, before the anglers head to the Angler Check-in and Sponsor Banquet taking place at the Marriot Shoals Conference Center in Florence, Alabama. The following companies will be on hand to meet, greet, and provide a variety of items to the college anglers, as hosted by Florence/Lauderdale Tourism: Bass Pro Shops-Cabela’s, Ranger Boats, Yamaha, Garmin, BoatUS, Berkley, Abu Garcia, Power-Pole, AFTCO, Bob’s Machine Shop, Gill, Sunline, Big Bite Baits, Mossy Oak, Hydrowave, GJuice, Secret Lures, Denali Rods, Solar Bat, and more will be in attendance.
This year’s guest speaker will be FLW Tour Pro Scott Martin who will be sharing his story about being a professional angler, television host and social media superstar as well as other insights into fishing.
Following the registration banquet presented by BoatUS, the morning that the anglers have thought about nonstop will have arrived. During Day 1 launch and pre-takeoff, anglers will receive snacks for the day provided by BUFF, and ice provided by Hydrowave and GJuice. Anglers will then weigh-in beginning at 2:00pm and will be served dinner presented by Mossy Oak Fishing directly after the weigh-in.
The anglers will then be back at McFarland Park on Friday morning for takeoff of the final day of competition. Anglers will again receive snacks for the day provided by GILL, with ice provided by Secret Lures. Anglers will weigh-in beginning at 2:00pm with the awards ceremony to follow and dinner provided by Berkley and Abu Garcia.
For the third straight year, we will be awarding the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia title after the final weigh-in at the Championship. The Association of Collegiate Anglers (ACA) manages the multifaceted Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia program to both rank and reward collegiate bass fishing teams throughout the country. The program has been built to reward and recognize teams that compete on the water in numerous national level trails such as the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, as well as select national College B.A.S.S and FLW events in order to truly crown a school of year champion based on performance.
For more information about the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, please visit www.CollegiateBassChampionship.com.
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About the Association of Collegiate Anglers
The Association of Collegiate Anglers (ACA), a division of CarecoTV, is a tournament organization created to facilitate growth, development, and structure within competitive collegiate bass fishing. The ACA created the original BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Series,14 seasons ago, which is now the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, and the longest running collegiate bass fishing series in existence. The ACA provides support to dozens of school operating regional events nationwide, and owns the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, Bass Pro Shops School of Year Program, and associated assets. The ACA also provides the largest amount of televised coverage of any collegiate fishing series with dedicated programming on several television networks ranging from Discovery Channel, CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Pursuit Channel, World Fishing Network, as well as other regional and national networks. For more information on the ACA or the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, visit www.CollegiateBassChampionship.com. For more information on Bass Pro Shops, visit www.BassProShops.com. For more information on CarecoTV, visit www.CarecoTV.com.