Festivities kick off with a bang on Tuesday afternoon. Competitors make their way to McFarland Park to enjoy Yamaha Angler Appreciation Night. Upon arriving, they are greeted with a pizza dinner and tons to do. Yamaha offers demo rides in Yamaha powered Ranger boats, Garmin provides Panoptix LiveScope demonstrations, and Abu Garcia puts on the Flip, Pitch & Cast Contest. This night is a great treat for the anglers to take a break from the rigors of practice, and get out to socialize with other student anglers.
Next up on the schedule is the Angler and Sponsor Banquet. Dozens of supporters of the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series are on hand providing product to the anglers and talking to them about their brands. This is possibly the best night of the year for all of the college anglers. They will leave tonight with a wide assortment of great products. On top of great food and prizes, we have our first opportunity to talk to the field about their expectations for the first day of tournament action, as well as break down the race for Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia.
Also up for grabs this week is a spot in the upcoming Ranger Cup University Challenge. The highest finishing Ranger Cup qualified team will earn an all expenses paid trip to compete in an every fish counts format event. We provide coverage from the 2018 Ranger Cup University Challenge. Adrian College faces off against Bethel University on a great body of water in Texas. Be sure to sign up and get involved in this program!
In the final portion of this episode we will highlight fish care and conservation. For these young anglers to enjoy a sustainable resource for years to come, conservation is key. Companies like T-H Marine, AFTCO, Bass Pro Shops, Yamaha and many others make this one of their top priorities. Learn about the efforts in place this week at the Championship including G-Juice, AFTCO Bass Bus Live Release Boat, and the AFTCO Bank Bag program.
This episode is packed full of great content that you don’t want to miss.