Rapala Renews Partnership with the Association of Collegiate Anglers for 2023 Season

SAN ANTONIO, TX (January 30, 2023) – The Association of Collegiate Anglers, in partnership with Rapala, is excited to announce continued sponsorship of the Collegiate Bass Fishing Series for the 2023 season.  Rapala is dedicated to growing the sport of fishing and will continue this mission in 2023 through support of collegiate anglers.  As a part of this partnership, the following brands: Rapala, VMC, and Sufix, are all affiliated with the weekly podcast and elite college trail, to include the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops on Lake Hartwell this May.

“Rapala continues to work closely with ACA with great momentum into 2023 and we are very proud of the work in place. We look forward to the excitement that ACA brings to so many college organizations, and they do an excellent job promoting our brands.” – Matt Jensen, VP of Marketing for Rapala VMC.

In 2023, Rapala will continue the promotion and support of its discount program tailored to collegiate anglers.  Teams competing in ACA ran events will be eligible for key discounts off products from brands associated with Rapala, VMC, and Suffix.  Throughout the year, Rapala and the ACA will work together to provide anglers with other incentives and opportunities including special discounts and social media campaigns.  Products from these same companies will also be included in prize payouts at numerous events throughout the year.  For eligibility and discount information, email goyouth@rapalausa.com.

“The Association of Collegiate Anglers looks forward to a new year and working with Rapala for the fourth consecutive season,” said Kyle Curry, ACA Managing Director.  “From various digital campaigns to product included in prize payouts, as well as many more great interviews to be heard on the podcast, 2023 promises to be a great year!”

In this ongoing partnership, Rapala will continue to be the title sponsor of the Rapala #WeAreCollegiateBass Podcast.  Now entering its fifth season, the ACA has produced over 165 episodes.  The podcast covers topics including the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia, tournament previews with top pros, current events in college fishing, and much more! The #WeAreCollegiateBass Podcast publishes new episodes weekly and is available across a multitude of podcast streaming services.

For more information about the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, please visit www.CollegiateBassChampionship.com.

About the Association of Collegiate Anglers

The Association of Collegiate Anglers (ACA), is a division of CarecoTV, that was created to facilitate growth, development, and structure within competitive collegiate bass fishing with emphasis on competitive events nationwide.  The ACA created the original BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Series 18 seasons ago. That single event has evolved into the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, which is now recognized as the longest-running consecutive collegiate bass fishing series in existence.

The ACA 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 lineup of major college fishing events includes a variety of tournaments nationwide that are multi-day events, all of which are televised on several networks, as well as streamed on a variety of connected platforms.   The ACA also provides support to numerous schools operating regional events nationwide which helps to grow the exposure and awareness of college fishing.

Thanks in part to the large diversity of media exposure the ACA provides, the series boasts largest amount of televised and streaming coverage of any collegiate fishing series. This includes a dedicated television series on numerous television networks and streaming platforms, as well as additional coverage of select events inside other programs.  This combination includes coverage from Discovery Channel, CBS Sports, Pursuit Channel, as well as other regional and national networks.  You can also find coverage online at any time of past events thanks to coverage on OutdoorActionTV.com and PursuitUp.com

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.BassPro.com.  For more information on CarecoTV, visit www.CarecoTV.com.

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