Registration for the 2013 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Cabela’s is officially underway.  “The Championship” is the nation’s largest collegiate fishing event each year and a full-field of 200 collegiate bass fishing teams is expected. Over 100 colleges, representing 29 different states attended the annual event in 2012, and even more diversity is expected in 2013, due to the explosive growth of collegiate bass fishing.
All university-recognized clubs are allowed to register up to three two-person teams for the 2013 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Cabela’s. Every club is guaranteed entry for one two-person team and no team will earn more than three total entries. The following criteria will be used to determine which school clubs receive entry for two or three two-person teams:
  • Past champions (2006 – 2012) earn one additional spot per Championship title
  • Teams earn one additional spot in the Championship for fishing each of the:

Collegiate anglers will launch daily at McFarland Park on the shores of Lake Pickwick, with weigh-ins to start daily at 2 pm.  The collegiate team with the heaviest weight over the course of two competition days will be crowned National Champions at an awards ceremony immediately following the weigh-in on Friday.  In addition to prizes, students are also competing for points in the coveted Cabela’ School of the Year  race, which is the first college rankings program to recognize the top collegiate fishing teams in the country, taking into account their participation across all leagues.

Participants can plan on the following schedule of events:

  • Monday, May 20, 2013             Official Practice begins
  • Tuesday, May 21, 2013             Official Practice until 2 pm(Followed by Yamaha’s Angler Appreciation Night)
  • Wednesday, May 22, 2013         Official Practice until 2 pm  (Followed by Registration and Banquet)
  • Thursday, May 23, 2013             Day 1 Competition
  • Friday, May 24, 2013                  Day 2 Competition

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According to Wade Middleton, co-founder of the ACA and President of CarecoTV, “Last year was a record setting year in every way we could measure the event.  We had more students catching more bass than ever before, and they were supported by more sponsors than we’ve ever had at the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship.  2012 was certainly a banner year, but we’re already working to make sure 2013 continues our tradition of growth and event development.”

Chris Edmonston, President of the BoatUS Foundation, added, “Having been a partner in this event since the inception, we couldn’t be happier to see the continued growth and development of collegiate fishing.  The BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship and collegiate bass fishing in general have been one of the most successful youth fishing initiatives in recent history and we’re honored to be a part of the progression.”

2013 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship

Collegiate anglers can ensure they receive information as it is released by joining the ACA Mailing List, which broadcasts all announcements via email.

Image courtesy Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series

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