The Association of Collegiate Anglers has selected Allen, TX as the host city for the 2012 Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash.  Hundreds of students from across the country will migrate to the city of Allen, and nearby Lake Lavon, March 19-24, 2012 for what should be a fun-filled start to the 2012 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Series. Cabela’s, located at 1 Cabela Drive, Allen, TX, will serve as Tournament Headquarters, as well as host of Cabela’s College Night and Registration, Thursday March 22, starting at 3 pm.

According to Karen Cromwell, Tourism Manager with the Allen Convention and Visitors Bureau, “We are excited to be a host of the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Series. We hope the competitors and fans enjoy their stay in Allen while competing in the Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash.”

Danny Blandford, Program Director for the Association of Collegiate Anglers, went on to add, “Kicking off the season in Texas, with the nation’s only collegiate big bass style event is exciting.  Fishing should really be heating up that time of year, which is perfect for an event like this.  With four daily weigh-ins, and prizes for the top five largest bass each session, there will be a lot of excitement over the course of two days.”

Anglers will launch daily at Avalon Park on the shores of Lake Lavon and weigh fish in any (and up to all 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 ACA 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.

The Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash is one of three nationally televised events hosted as part of the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Series.  These no entry fee events are open to all full-time students of university-recognized programs, both two and four-year.  Competitions are broadcast as part of the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Television Series, seen on Versus, now part of the NBC Sports Network and available to over 76 million homes.

Complete Tournament Schedule:

  • March 22-24, 2012   Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash
  • May 23-25, 2012      BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship
  • June 22-24, 2012      Collegiate Bass Fishing Open

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