Pure Fishing and the Association of Collegiate Anglers (ACA) have renewed their partnership and continue to support collegiate anglers through a variety of bonus and contingency programs, including recognition of the top twelve schools in the 2013 Cabela’s School of the Year program and the  Fenwick Earn Your Wings program.

Pure Fishing, one of the world’s largest tackle manufacturers of industry leading brands, is a division of the Jarden Corporation (JAH) and has been a partner of the Association of Collegiate Anglers since 2008. This partnership has resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in direct support of collegiate anglers and clubs and 2013/2014 will be a continuation of such strong programs.

“We are proud of the partnership that has been forged between ACA and Pure Fishing over the past 6 years”, stated Andrew Marks, Pure Fishing Marketing Director.  “The opportunity to connect with the anglers and school clubs has helped us find great candidates for positions in our company along with working with them on product development and other exciting programs.  It is exciting to witness the incredible growth of college bass fishing and offer programs that truly support not only the anglers, but also the programs that allow them to fish competitively”.

As part of the sponsorship, each team in the top twelve of the 2013 Cabela’s ACA School of the Year standings will have an opportunity to be rewarded with up to four positions on the 2013 Pure Fishing Collegiate Pro Staff program, valued at $1,000 each.

The Top 12 from 2013 includes:

  1. University of Louisiana Monroe
  2. University of North Alabama
  3. Bethel University
  4. Murray State University
  5. Georgetown College
  6. Arkansas Tech University
  7. North Carolina State
  8. Dallas Baptist University
  9. University of Arkansas
  10. University of Tennessee Martin\
  11. Clemson University
  12. Eastern Kentucky University

The Association of Collegiate Anglers, in conjunction with Pure Fishing, will be facilitating the selection and approval process for eligible teams.  Students and/or advisors of each of these programs will be notified in the coming days of the full program details and requirements for the 2013 Pure Fishing Collegiate Pro Staff program.  Those with questions in advance of the roll-out may email College@CarecoTV.com.

“Thanks to Pure Fishing’s continued support, several dozen anglers will be hitting the water in 2014 backed by an industry leader and using some of the best equipment available, “said ACA Co-founder, Wade Middleton. The fact that someone will also earn a paid internship courtesy of the Fenwick Earn Your Wings program illustrates how committed Pure Fishing is to collegiate anglers.  We are proud to call them a partner of the ACA and look forward to helping with these programs again this year.”

“Earn Your Wings”, a Fenwick-exclusive program, rewards twenty collegiate anglers selected by Fenwick staff as part of a national callout.  Collegiate anglers had to submit an online application highlighting their academic performance, extracurricular activities, leadership skills, and overall fishing tournament participation.  Each of the chosen Fenwick collegiate anglers will receive a healthy product stipend while displaying Fenwick logos on clothing and boats. All Fenwick anglers will be providing photo and video content throughout the year that will later be used on the Fenwick website and Facebook page, and digital and print advertising.

In May 2014, the top three anglers of the group will participate in a phone interview process for the internship position. The paid internship will consist of marketing duties as well as product development for the Fenwick brand. This one lucky angler, turned intern, will also have a heavy presence developing material for digital outlets for Fenwick.

Full Earn Your Wings program details can be found here, and winners will be announced via the Association of Collegiate Anglers and www.CollegiateBassChampionship.com on November 10, 2013.

In addition to these ACA programs, Pure Fishing will also continue their collegiate discount purchase program, which is available to collegiate anglers everywhere. Student anglers fishing at least one major event in 2014 with College B.A.S.S., FLW College Fishing, or the ACA are eligible for product purchase discounts across all Pure Fishing Brands. To obtain the Pure Fishing discount, student anglers must email Roxanne Coleman at  grcoleman@purefishing.com from their school email address.

Image courtesy Pure Fishing/ Cabela's

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