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Abu-Garcia College Pros Parks and Smith Win Bass Pro Shops US Open

COLUMBIA, S.C.– The Bass Pro Shops US Open was hosted in Missouri on Table Rock Lake from November 19th to November 21st with the winning team bringing home a grand prize of $1 million dollars and a trophy, with each also winning a truck and boat combination as well.

 

The Bass Pro Shops US Open is a three-day team championship style event with the top 50 competitors making the third and final day with all weights zeroing, making it anyone’s game. On the third and final day, with a weight of 16.41 pounds, Logan Parks and Tucker Smith bested the 50-team field and took first place winning the grand prize.

 

Parks and Smith were tournament partners on the Auburn University bass fishing team this past year. Being fresh in their fishing careers, Parks was quick to add, “This win means everything. It gives us the confidence to know that we can do this for a living. In 2022, I plan on fishing all nine Bassmaster Opens in hopes of qualifying for the Bassmaster Elite Series, and this win gives me the means to chase my dreams.”

 

At Table Rock Lake, Parks and Smith found success chasing schools of bait and caught most of their fish by swimming a Berkley PowerBait MaxScent Flatnose Minnow on a jighead with a 6’10” Medium Light Abu Garcia Zenon spinning rod paired with a size 20 Abu Garcia Zenon spinning reel.

 

Parks mentioned, “We only had half of a day for practice, so we decided to keep it simple and just keep moving until we found bait. We noticed a lot of birds diving and saw the schools of bait being chased by bass on forward-facing sonar. We would let our baits fall through the school and we would watch the bass come up and crush the MaxScent Flatnose Minnow.”

 

Parks mentioned, “Any support we get as college anglers means the world. We work so hard with little money to make ends meet so that we can try to be as successful as possible. The support my team and I have received from Abu Garcia speaks volumes. Them providing us with top-notch rods and reels really shows how much they care about us college anglers and our success.”

 

Abu Garcia has played a crucial role as the top sponsor of Collegiate Bass Fishing and has shown time and time again their commitment to the sport of fishing. This commitment reflects such in the success of Parks and Smiths’ Bass Pro Shops US Open win.

 

Abu Garcia’s Vice President of Marketing, Jon Schlosser, mentioned, “Here at Abu Garcia, we do our very best to support anglers looking to chase success in college bass fishing. The amount of work it takes for student-athletes to be successful in the classroom and on the water is evident. We want to do our best to support them in that quest. We are very proud of Logan and Tucker for this win and know this will be a massive milestone and step in the right direction to chase their life’s goal.”

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