Day 1 Weigh-In from the 2021 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops

Day 1 Weigh-In from the 2021 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops

Hundreds of the best collegiate bass fishing anglers took to Lake Murray in South Carolina to compete for college fishing’s longest-running National Championship, the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops. Day 1 of competition out on Lake Murray proved to be both challenging and rewarding for many teams. Numerous limits in the 12-14 pound range crossed the scales, with the real contenders bringing in over 15 pounds of bass. Watch comprehensive coverage of Day 1 weigh-in from Dreher Island State Park!

Lake Murray – The Jewel of South Carolina

Lake Murray, located near the capital city of Columbia, is widely considered ‘The Jewel of South Carolina.’ The lake offers great recreational opportunities like boating, sailing, water sports, and fishing. Boat docks and homes line the shoreline of this deep, clear water fishery. Areas surrounding the lake offer great dining, shopping, and entertainment. The next time you’re planning a trip, check out Lake Murray in South Carolina!

#1 Ranked Montevallo Starts the Day with a Keeper Largemouth Bass

Lake Murray in South Carolina is the playing field for the 2021 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops. The lake offers deep, clear water in the main lake and shallow, muddy water up in the river portion.

On Day 1, an ACA camera crew started out with Trent and Cole from number one ranked University of Montevallo. The duo opted to fish up the river with topwater frogs and soft plastics. Watch as they land their first keeper of the event.

Top 5 Ranked Carson-Newman Fills out a Limit

Carson-Newman University enters the 2021 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops ranked 5th in the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia. If the team from Tennessee can put together two top finishes, there is a good chance that they can finish the season ranked in the Top 3.

Early on Day 1, this two angler pairing is working to do their part to support the team. Watch as they catch their fifth keeper fish to fill out a limit early on during Day 1 of the 2021 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops at Lake Murray.

Sunline Makes More Than Just Great Fishing Line

You can have all the great new fishing baits and hooks on the market, but you can’t take any of that out on the water without some seriously durable line that holds up under pressure, and our favorite line to cast has always been Sunline. Not only does Sunline make great line options, they also feature organization products like their brand new Line Stocker, which will keep your reels from getting banged up in transport, as well as protect your line from sun damage. Another new product from Sunline this year is the Sokomaki Backing Line, which gives anglers a more cost effective backing for their bait cast reels. Lastly, we’ll hear from Drew Cook about the new Maboroshi FC Leader, which is pure leader line featuring a repeating color pattern of green, moss green, gray, natural clear, and reddish brown. The fish will never know what’s coming for them! We’ll also see where you can go to get the best tips and tricks for tying on your baits! Visit for the latest information on everything they have to offer!

Bass Pro Gives You an Edge on The Water With the XPS All-American Spinnerbait

Spinnerbaits have always been a staple in any avid outdoorsman’s tackle box, and this year Bass Pro Shops is revolutionizing the way you’ll hit the water with a spinnerbait in hand with their brand new XPS All-American Spinnerbait! As Wade will tell us, “This all American series by Bass Pro Shops is going to allow you to pick a spinnerbait size, and blade combination that’s gonna fit for your needs twelve months out of the year, on a variety of bodies of water, from clear to muddy.” Head on over to to select the best XPS All-American Spinnerbait for your tackle box!

Hooks, Hooks, and More Hooks From Gamakatsu

Gamakatsu is a big name in the fishing world that has several new products on the market this year! Some of their newest products include a new Feathered Treble in their G-Finesse lineup, and the G-Power Flip and Punch, designed for flipping into heavy cover. With new hooks also comes the need for new weights! Pro angler Mike McClelland will give us the run down of their newest models of G-Shield Tungsten Weights! Be sure to go online to to check out all of the new products Gamakatsu has to offer, because we’ve barely scratched the surface of what’s to come!

SPRO Does It Again With The Flappin Frog 65

As a long time fan of throwing frogs and switching up his presentation style, Wade Middleton is on the water now to give us his thoughts on the brand new Flappin Frog 65 from SPRO. SPRO is an industry leader that has consistently dominated the market with their amphibious lines, and this latest frog is no exception. Designed with a paddle tail, the Flappin Frog is created to have a constant flapping action. This frog also comes in several different colors and features a 4/0 Gamakatsu nano-coated superline double frog hook. You can go online to select your Flappin Frog 65 of choice at!

AFTCO Dominates The Industry with Top of The Line Outerwear

When you think about heading out on the water, no matter the time of year, you always want to be prepared for the forecast. AFTCO dominates the industry when it comes to providing anglers with top of the line outerwear for every season. To kick things off, pro angler Michael Neal is giving us the rundown of the new and improved Reaper Technical Hoodie. This hoodie is one of the most comfortable hoodies you’ll ever wear, and according to Michael, the best feature is the face mask, with laser cut technology on the mask for ultimate ventilation and warmth. Another go-to winter time hoodie is the Reaper Windproof Pullover. The number one thing many anglers look for in their cold weather gear is something that will keep the cold wind off of them, and this three layer soft shell addition to the Reaper line up is guaranteed to do just that with its very own AFTCO Hexatron Fleece lining!  Now if you’re looking for something a little more lightweight for the summer time, when you’re not necessarily trying to stay warm but want to keep the blazing hot sun off your skin, the all new Jason Christie Performance Shirt is the way to go, and Jason himself is here to tell us everything he loves about this new performance shirt! Time and time again AFTCO has displayed their passion for developing products with anglers in mind and this new collection of outerwear is no exception. Check out everything they have to offer at!

How Big Bite Baits is Helping You Catch BIG Fish

We’re showing you an innovative new ball jig from Big Bite Baits, the Pendulate Jighead. This jighead has the ability to swivel, effectively eliminating line twists on the fall. The Pendulate jig features a 3/0 Gamakatsu hook and is available in 1/8 oz., 3/16 oz., 1/4 oz., and 3/8 oz. sizes. The Pendulate jighead is taking the fishing world by storm and proving to be the ultimate forward facing sonar jig on the market, and you won’t want to miss out on getting this jig tied to the end of your line!