The Association of Collegiate Anglers has opened registration for the 2013 Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash.  Students may now register at:

Branson, Missouri will host the event March 21-23, 2013 and students should expect great spring fishing on Table Rock Lake.  On-site registration, a dinner, and tournament meeting will all be a part of Cabela’s College Night on Thursday, March 21.  Cabela’s College Night will be held at the recently completed Dewey Short Visitor Center, overlooking Table Rock Lake and Dam starting at 3 pm.

“We’re excited to make our first trip into Missouri with the Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series.  Kicking off the season on Table Rock, with the nation’s only collegiate big bass style event, should be a real treat for the anglers.  Fishing will be great that time of year, which is perfect for an event like this.  With four daily weigh-ins, and prizes for the Top 5 largest bass each session, there will be a lot of excitement over the course of two days.  We’ll be awarding 43 prizes in total, as well as providing national television coverage, all with no entry fees for the students,” said Wade Middleton, Tournament Director for the Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series.

Anglers will launch daily at State Park Marina and weigh fish in any, and up to all, of four sessions.  Weigh-ins for each session will begin promptly at 9:30 and 11:30 am, as well as 1:30 and 3:30 pm, both Friday and Saturday.  The collegiate angler that weighs the largest bass over the course of the two-day competition will be crowned Champion at an awards ceremony immediately following the 3:30 pm weigh-in on Saturday.  In addition to prizes, students are also competing for points in the coveted Cabela’s School of the Year race.

The Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash is one of three nationally televised events hosted as part of the Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series.  These no entry fee events are open to all full-time students of university-recognized programs.  Competitions are broadcast as part of the Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Television Series, seen on the NBC Sports Network and available to over 79 million homes.

Complete Tournament Schedule:

  • Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash- March 21-23
    • Table Rock Lake – Branson, Mo.
  • Collegiate Bass Fishing Open – April 18-20
    • Kentucky Lake – Paris, Tenn.
  • BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship – May 23-25
    • Pickwick Lake – Florence, Ala.

Registration Schedule:

  • Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash
  • Collegiate Bass Fishing Open
    • Registration Begins: Monday, January 21, 2013
  • BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship
    • Registration Begins: Wednesday, February 1, 2013

For more information on these events, including Angler Packets and Official Rules, please visit:

Logo courtesy Careco TV/Cabela's

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