Anderson, SC – The nation’s top ranked college fishermen have gathered in Anderson, SC to compete for the title of National Champion. The Association of Collegiate Anglers (ACA), and their sponsors, welcomed 400 collegiate anglers, coaches, as well as top touring professionals to Green Pond Landing, on the shores of Lake Hartwell for the first time. The 18th edition of the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship, Presented by Bass Pro Shops will kick off at 6 am Thursday, May 25, and a full field of 200 teams will fish both Thursday and Friday.
The red carpets were rolled out Wednesday night at the annual Angler & Sponsor Appreciation Banquet, thanks to the ACA and the sponsors of the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series. Anglers were treated to a great meal, courtesy of Visit Anderson, that included a pre-game pep talk from Bass Pro Shops touring pro, Andy Montgomery. Festivities also included the royal treatment from sponsors.
The Abu Garcia “Trade-in and Trade-up” program swapped out used reels, for the all new Revo Rockets, so every angler will be hitting the water with a new reel. Sunline was also on hand, spooling up any make or model and made sure no spools left empty. Anglers were also loaded up with giveaways, from AFTCO, Bajio, Bass Pro Shops, Big Bite Baits, Bob’s Machine Shop, Denali, Garmin, Power Pole Rapala/VMC/Suffix, Spro, TH Marine, Yamaha, as well as other vendors.
Although the anglers loaded up on shore Wednesday, the support doesn’t stop there. TowBoatUS will be providing on the water support for this year’s event, and the Yamaha Service Crew and the Bass Pro Shops/White River Marine Group Service Team has the anglers covered in the event of mechanical troubles during the event. In addition, anglers also have opportunities to earn additional prizes and merchandise with programs such as the AFTCO Bank Bag program, where every bag of trash collected is worth a $25 gift card for AFTCO products.