SAN ANTONIO, TX – The 2023 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops is set to take place this week on Lake Hartwell, in Anderson, South Carolina. Lake Hartwell will be the official tournament waters for the longest consecutive running collegiate National Championship bass fishing tournament for the very first time.
Championship Week began on Sunday, May 21st with the start of Official Practice. On Wednesday night, May 24th, the ACA will host its annual Angler & Sponsor Banquet at Green Pond Landing. The event will feature a variety of activations by some of the biggest companies in the fishing industry to include Bass Pro Shops, Ranger Boats, Garmin, Yamaha Marine, Power-Pole, Abu Garcia, Berkley, BoatUS, Bob’s Machine Shop, AFTCO, Sunline, Spro, Big Bite Baits, Gamakatsu, Denali Rods, Evolution Fishing, TH Marine, and more.
Recently, the ACA announced that Bass Pro Shops pro Andy Montgomery will be the guest speaker. That night, anglers will be able to meet and talk with representatives from top brands in the industry, get tons of free gear, enjoy a free meal, and receive a pre-tournament rule briefing.
Anglers competing in the event will also be able to trade in an old fishing reel for a new one thanks to the Abu Garcia Trade-In and Trade Up Program and they can spool up a reel with Sunline while visiting with all the companies on site during the event on Wednesday. Additionally Yamaha Marine will have Davy Hite and Bryan New on site to talk fishing during the event.
The full field of anglers will then compete for two days, May 25-26. Official takeoff and weigh-in will occur at Green Pond Landing. Weigh-ins will be streamed live on Outdoor Action TV starting at 2:00 PM (ET) each day and you can also keep up with updates on the social feeds and at the collegiatebasschampionship.com website.
The 18th edition of college fishing’s longest running National Championship event will host a full field competing for over $30,000 in prizes & contingencies, as well as the coveted Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia.