Back to School 101: BUFF

For young anglers, two of the biggest items for you to be aware of are skin care and sun protection.  That can come in a variety of forms including sunscreen, long sleeve items, and multifunctional headwear.  One of our partners with the ACA is BUFF®.  Their goal is to design and produce items to keep their clients cool and safe in the outdoors.  In the latest installment of “Back to School 101,” Lesson 6 will focus on BUFF® and provide great detail into their partnership with the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series.


School of the Year ‘Yellow Jersey’

For three seasons now, BUFF® has created a multifunctional headwear specifically for the ACA.  These items have featured the Series logo and were included in prize packages and giveaways over the last several years.  New for the 2018-2019 season, BUFF® introduced the new ‘Yellow Jersey’ headwear.  At each ACA event, the current School of the Year leader is to be awarded with these specialized yellow buffs to wear throughout the event.


During the 2019 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops, McKendree University sported the ‘Yellow Jersey.’  Once the scales closed on the final day, they were crowned the School of the Year winner for the 2018-2019 season.  The first opportunity of this new season for a team to dawn the yellow headwear will be at the Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley during the first week of October.  Stay tuned to see who will be in first place at that time.


BUFF® Discount Program

Anglers competing in the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series are eligible for 50% off BUFF® products.  Be sure to head over to the ACA website to fill out this form and sign up for the discount incentive.  Also, go to the BUFF® website to view their full line of products.

Every time you take to the water, be sure to sport your protective headwear from BUFF®.  We encourage anglers to share your on-the-water experiences with us through tags and mentions on social media, as well as by sending the images directly to us at   Share your pictures and tag BUFF®, along with #WeAreCollegiateBass, for an opportunity to be featured on social media.


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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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