Back to School 101: Abu Garcia & Berkley

Lesson 2: Abu Garcia & Berkley

Next on the curriculum for “Back to School 101,” we introduce you to Abu Garcia and Berkley.  Lesson 2 will highlight these brands, provide details on incentive programs, and break down the programs and tournaments they sponsor.


School of the Year

Abu Garcia is the presenting sponsor for the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia.  This one of a kind program awards the top school in the nation at the end of each season with thousands of dollars in gift certificates and prizes.  Teams and clubs compete year-round in qualifying events to prove they are truly the best.  Click here to see a list of qualifying events.

The 2019-2020 season started back in June, and we are now three full months into the new season.  Adrian College currently sits atop the standings with a commanding lead through 12 events.  Follow this link to view the current standings.

Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley

One of the marquee events on the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series is the Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley at Kentucky Lake in Paris, TN.  The Big Bass Bash is a two-day, big bass format event that is comprised of four sessions each day. Due to high water levels earlier this spring, that event has been rescheduled to October.  Here are the two dates for this event in the 2019-2020 cycle:

October 4-5, 2019: Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash Presented by Berkley

Kentucky Lake – Paris, TN

March 14-15, 2020: Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash Presented by Berkley

Kentucky Lake – Paris, TN


The Big Bass Bash is an angler favorite on the trail.  This event offers nearly 100 opportunities for anglers to earn prizes.  Berkley spares no expense when it comes to awarding these anglers for their efforts.  To register for this event and find out more information, go to the tournament page.


Student Angler Program

Berkley and Abu Garcia are dedicated to the support of high school and college anglers all over the US.  They recognize the passion for fishing that excites today’s youth anglers and are doing their part to support anglers and teams.  Here is what they offer through the Student Angler Program:




          BASS IQ ACCESS

Teams looking to participate in the Abu Garcia/Berkley Student Anglers Program must download and fill out the appropriate signup form.  To access those forms, go to or  Once those forms are complete, send them to  For further information about this incentive program, go here.

Abu Garcia and Berkley are dedicated to supporting today’s youth.  Through various programs and events, anglers are able to experience this support for themselves.  That will wrap up Lesson 2 for “Back to School 101.”  In Lesson 3 on Wednesday, we will highlight the AFTCO Collegiate Bass Open and the opportunities provided to anglers through this partnership with AFTCO.


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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 CBS 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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