Friday, April 12 – 9:45 PM

The full field of anglers came through registration tonight and is set to compete in the Hartwell Slam on Lake Hartwell in Anderson, SC.  This will conclude live blog coverage of the final official practice day.

Tournament coverage will continue bright and early tomorrow, beginning with the live blog on the website and takeoff being live streamed on Facebook.  Also, be sure to follow along on ACA social media channels for more content and coverage!

Friday, April 12 – 7:30 PM

As anglers proceeded through registration, they were provided with a yellow AFTCO Bank Bag.  The AFTCO Bank Bag program encourages anglers to clean up local parks, rivers, lakes, and streams.  Anglers will be able to fill up the yellow bag with trash throughout the weekend and return it full to an ACA staff member in return for a $25 AFTCO gift card.

AFTCO prioritizes conservation through a variety of programs including the Bank Bags, Bass Bus, and 10% Pledge to Protect & Conserve.  Various AFTCO clothing items are made with recycled products.

Friday, April 12 – 2:20 PM

Gamakatsu, a proud supporter of the ACA and college anglers, recently announced the introduction of its new Nano Alpha Technology to be offered in some of Gamakatsu’s most popular hook styles.  The new Nano Alpha Technology offers many advantages to the angler, including slicker performance and enhanced corrosion resistance.  Read more about the hooks here.

Friday, April 12 – 1:15 PM

The Hartwell Slam is a no-entry-fee tournament that will pay out more than $20,000 in prizes and contingencies.  This payout includes prizes to the Top 20 teams, and a Power-Pole for the Overall Big Bass.  The prize list includes product and gift cards from Bass Pro Shops, AFTCO, Power-Pole, Bajío Sunglasses, Rapala/Crush City, Turtlebox, Trailer Valet, and more.  View the complete prize list here.

Friday, April 12 – 12:45 PM

Tournament contingency bonuses offer anglers a great way to earn additional payouts when they place well in sanctioned events.  This weekend’s tournament is eligible for the Ranger Cup, Nitro Rewards, and Triton Gold programs offered by Bass Pro Shops and the White River Marine Group.  Qualified anglers could earn up to an additional $8,000.  Read more about these programs and sign up at this link.

Friday, April 12 – 11:35 AM

The host site for this weekend’s event is Lake Hartwell and the town of Anderson, SC.  This is the second time in which Association of Collegiate Anglers has contested an event at Lake Hartwell.

Throughout the years, Green Pond Landing and Anderson, SC have played host to some of the biggest events in all of professional fishing.  Last summer, the ACA contested its 18th Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops at Lake Hartwell.

The Association of Collegiate Anglers would like to give a special thanks to Visit Anderson, as well as the staff at Green Pond Landing for their help and support!

Friday, April 12 – 10:45 AM

The Hartwell Slam is the third ACA major event of the season on the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series.  This event is also the final ACA double points tournament of the 2023-24 season. Schools will be eligible to earn points for their two highest-finishing teams inside of the Top 150 for the final tournament standings, and first place will received 1,750 points to count towards the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia.

Entering this event, Carson-Newman University is in first place.  A total of 23 of the Top 25 teams are set to compete at Lake Hartwell this weekend.  View the complete current rankings at this link.

Friday, April 12  – 10:00 AM

Today’s live blog is presented by Yamaha.  Yamaha has been a longtime supporter of the ACA and college anglers.

As part of this support, each ACA event is sanctioned as part of the Yamaha Power Pay tournament contingency program.  This top-level bonus program has paid out over $1,000,000 since its inception several years ago.

Qualified anglers will be eligible to claim the Yamaha Power Pay bonus this weekend’s event.  Find out more details about the program and register here.

Friday, April 12 – 8:20 AM

Spring is a great time of year to travel to Anderson, SC and Lake Hartwell! Warming spring temperatures bring comfortable conditions to be outdoors as the grass begins to green and flowers bloom, signaling that spring is upon us.

Entering this weekend’s event, the weather pattern appears to be stable.  Highs are projected to be in the low to mid-70’s with nightly lows dipping down near the 50 degree mark.  Both tournament days show a minimal chance for rain, with breezy winds.  Combined with minimal cloud cover, these conditions will create chamber of commerce type weather that will make for an awesome time to be in the outdoors!

Friday, April 12 – 7:10 AM

Good Friday morning from Lake Hartwell in Anderson, SC!  The Association of Collegiate Anglers is set to host its third event of the 2023-24 season on the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series.  The Hartwell Slam will be contested on April 13th – 14th, with official takeoff and weigh-in happening at Green Pond Landing.  Today marks the final day of official practice for this no-entry-fee event which also includes media coverage on a variety of streaming platforms, live coverage, social media promotions and is nationally televised on several networks. Live blog coverage for the last day of practice is presented by Yamaha.

Stay tuned here throughout the day for product features, updates from on-the-water, and more!