AFTCO Continues Support of Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series

San Antonio, TX (January 9, 2020) – The Association of Collegiate Anglers (ACA) is proud to announce AFTCO as a returning partner for the 2020 season of the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series.  As part of the continued support of collegiate fishing, AFTCO will also remain the title sponsor of the Collegiate Bass Open to be held on Lake Dardanelle in October 2020.  AFTCO will also continue its support of collegiate anglers in a variety of ways ranging from conservation initiatives, to discount programs and more at each of the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series events this season, as well as in other ways.

“Despite our company being over 60 years old, we feel like we continue to learn as much about the needs of bass anglers as these students are learning on the water.  Our company is one of the only clothing companies not owned by a large private equity firm and our motivation will continue to be on anglers, like these students, rather than short term profits.  Our gear will keep student anglers comfortable, in any situation they encounter from on the water to the classroom”, Casey Shedd, President.

Family owned and operated by three generations of the Shedd family, the American Fishing Tackle Company is a market leader in shorts, performance shirts, technical woven shirts, outerwear, fleece, hats, and big game fishing tackle. AFTCO created the world’s first-ever pair of fishing shorts in 1989 when they introduced the legendary M01 Original Fishing Shorts, still the world’s most popular fishing short. In 2018, AFTCO officially entered the freshwater market bringing its award-winning products and 10% Conservation pledge.    AFTCO contributes more than 10% of company profits to fishing conservation for protecting our resources and ensuring a sustainable fishery for future generations in their 10% pledge to protect and conserve.

“AFTCO’s conservation initiatives and support have had a tremendous impact on our series and anglers. I’m proud to work with them in both providing programs to benefit and save college anglers money, as well as the conservation efforts tied to cleaning up shorelines, fish conservation and more.  We’re excited to continue our partnership with AFTCO and look forward to the upcoming season,” said Wade Middleton, Director of Association of Collegiate Anglers and President of CarecoTV.

In partnering with the ACA, AFTCO and the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series will continue to work together on the Bank Bag initiative that rewards collegiate anglers for their stewardship efforts. AFTCO’s discount program will continue throughout the 2020 season and will offer college anglers a 40% discount on all AFTCO clothing available on their website. Find out more about the AFTCO Collegiate Fishing Discount Program.

Complete details of all the collegiate discount and bonus programs can also be found on our website at the Discounts and Incentives page or by emailing

For more information about the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, please visit

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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,15 seasons ago, which has evolved into the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series and is now the longest-running collegiate bass fishing series in existence.  The ACA lineup of major college fishing events includes a variety of events nationwide that are multi-day events all of which are televised as well as covered on several digital platforms.   The ACA also provides support to dozens of schools operating regional events nationwide and owns the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, Bass Pro Shops School of Year presented by Abu Garcia 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 For more information on Bass Pro Shops, visit  For more information on CarecoTV, visit

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