What Is College Bass Fishing

This week on Americana Outdoors presented by Garmin, we’re giving you an in-depth look at the Association of Collegiate anglers, and the longest running college bass fishing trail in the history of college sports, the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series.

We’ll kick things off with the first event of every spring, The Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley. Day one of this tournament consists of a total of four weigh-in sessions that pay out the top ten finishing spots per session, and day two will hold three weigh-in sessions, with the first two paying out the top ten finishing spots, and session three paying out the top twenty. The stakes are high with this tournament as it will play a key role in determining the 2021 Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia at the year end championship.

Nearly 200 boats full of college anglers descended upon Kentucky Lake for their chance at a piece of the $40,000 cash purse and those valuable School of the Year points. Tune in to find out which anglers will win each session, and who will go home crowned the overall winner of the Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley!

Next up, the Pickwick Slam is a two-day, no-entry fee event that pays out the top 20 finishing spots with $30,000 in prizes and contingencies up for grabs. The winning team of the Pickwick Slam earns 1,000 points for their respective school, which can make or break the season for many schools on the playing field. Over the two day course of fishing, Pickwick Lake showed out and produce big fish after big fish. Collegiate anglers fought tooth and nail to hit their limits and bring large numbers back to the scales.

The season closes out with the 2021 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops. Anglers competed for two full days for a chance to be crowned the national champions, and to find out who would earn the title of the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year Presented by Abu Garcia.

Day one on Lake Murray saw a hefty load of fish reeled in across the field, and after a full day of fishing, the teams arrived back at the scales with some impressive weights. Day two continued the trend of big bass being reeled in left and right, and teams showed no mercy in the race for the championship title. Tune in to see the dramatic ending to the day!

In the fall, each new season of the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series kicks off with the AFTCO Collegiate Bass Open on Lake Dardanelle in Russellville, Arkansas. This is also the first ACA event of the season that counts as double points towards the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia, and the first event that will award the top five finishers an automatic qualification to the 2022 Boat U.S. Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops in the summer.

After learning a little bit about our host city of Russellville Arkansas, and the historic Lake Dardanelle that we’ll be fishing during this tournament, we’ll join the action on day two where we will see the anglers fighting tooth and nail for an AFTCO Open victory. When we meet at the scales, we will see which teams finish at the top, and which school will earn 1,250 valuable School Of the Year points for their university’s overall point total!

For a full schedule of the upcoming twenty twenty two Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series and to keep up with the latest news, you can head on over to collegiatebasschampionship.com!