2019 Championship & School of the Year Preview

Championship week at the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops is one of the most exciting weeks of the year.  Hundreds of college anglers travel from across the country to make their way to Florence, AL and Pickwick Lake.  The week is full of prizes, good food, and activities to keep the anglers busy.

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.

2018 AFTCO Collegiate Bass Open – Day 2

It’s time for the final day of competition at the AFTCO Collegiate Bass Open.  Nearly 500 college anglers will take to Lake Dardanelle in hopes of winning this prestigious event.  Following the first day of competition, weights are stacked closely at the top and it appears to be anyone’s ballgame to win.  However, Lake Dardanelle is known for being a very stingy fishery.  This means that although a team may have caught them well on day one, they may have a great deal of difficulty duplicating their performance again on day two.

Tournament fishing is one of the most difficult sports out there.  Each day anglers take to the water not knowing what conditions may be presented to them, and what pattern the fish will be targeting on.  Add to the mix the fact that several hundred boats have been going down the bank casting to the same areas, and all indications point towards extremely difficult conditions. Tune in to see exactly how final day action will play out.

During this episode we will also introduce you to more great initiatives from AFTCO.  AFTCO is known for their dedication to conservation.  Conservation is what ensures there will be healthy bodies of water and fish populations for future generations.  From the Bass Bus Live Release Boat, to the Bank Bag Program, AFTCO has measures in place to make sure they are doing their part.  We will hear from the competitors as they express their appreciation and gratitude for what this great company is working to accomplish.