Anderson, SC – The 2023 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops is in the books. The Association of Collegiate Anglers’ 18th annual National Championship awarded over $30,000 in prizes and contingencies, crowned a National Champion, and named a number one team in the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia. Tucker Smith and Hayden Marbut from 2nd ranked Auburn University take top honors with 35.24 pounds. Carson-Newman University anglers Drake Hemby and Ewing Minor finish in 2nd place, and Tyler Campbell and Parker Guy of Emmanuel College wind up in 3rd.
View the final tournament standings here.
Along with the crowning of a new National Champion, collegiate bass fishing history was made as the University of Montevallo won the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia. Montevallo becomes the first team to win college fishing’s most prestigious title three times, as well as having done so in three straight seasons. The University of Montevallo edged out 2nd ranked Auburn University by over 3,700 points and Carson-Newman University finished the season ranked 3rd.
Hundreds of college fishing’s most elite anglers competed for two days on Lake Hartwell in Anderson, SC. The early summer months present some great fish catching conditions for anglers to target both largemouth and spotted bass on this famed fishery. Following the spring spawn, the abundant bass population in Lake Hartwell was spread out in a variety of accessible areas. From schooling bass chasing herring on main lake points, to largemouth bass roaming the shallows near bream beds, fish hanging out close to docks, and even bass locked on deep structure, this field of elite anglers found success with many different patterns.
Tucker Smith and Hayden Marbut from 2nd ranked Auburn University bested the elite field of 200 teams to win the 18th BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops. Smith and Marbut keyed in on a pattern targeting both largemouth and spotted bass with a variety of baits that produced 35.24 pounds of bass over two days.