San Antonio, TX (4/23/2020) – The Association of Collegiate Anglers is actively monitoring conditions regarding the COVID-19 virus. As that process continues, planning is ongoing for the 2020 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops scheduled to take place at Pickwick Lake in Florence, AL May 21st-22nd. Please note that ACA staff are monitoring the situation daily, as well as working with the city of Florence, participating schools & anglers, as well as supporters of collegiate fishing to make plans for holding the event as scheduled, or possibly moving it to a later date this summer. We know anglers are already fishing and that small events are taking place and when the situation allows for it, we will get college anglers back on the water!
Social distancing is a key component to responsibly hosting an event and adhering to local guidelines. The ACA has developed a myriad of plans that will be mindful of social distancing and allow fishing to still occur. Both local and state guidelines & restrictions will dictate how and when this event can take place. Because of that, we cannot make a definitive decision at this time as to when the Championship will be contested. ACA staff plan to provide another update on Monday, May 4th to further inform everyone regarding this year-end tournament.
Through correspondence with teams and coaches, we are also aware that some collegiate anglers won’t be allowed to compete due to budget and travel restrictions set in place by their university. At the same time, numerous schools have been cleared to travel to Pickwick for the Championship. The ACA is set to press forward and conduct this event for those that are able to travel when we can have the event. All anglers planning on fishing May 21st-22nd are encouraged to register for the event as soon as possible so they can be contacted directly regarding communications for the event.
We are aware that reservations and commitments have to be made on your part to be in town for Championship Week. However, nothing at this moment is set in stone. The ACA will provide its next update regarding the 2020 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops on Monday, May 4th.
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