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2013 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Presented by Cabela's Preview

Photo Caption: The BoatUS Angler membership program offers on the water towing services, which some Collegiate anglers took advantage of when their boats unexpectedly broke down during last year's Championship - thankfully all made weigh-in.
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SAN ANTONIO, Texas, November 29, 2012 – The 2013 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Cabela’s will be returning to Florence, Alabama, for the next five years and details for the 8th annual event are taking shape. Collegiate anglers from across the country should block off the entire week of May 20-24 off on their calendars for another record- setting event.

 
Online registration opens Friday, February 1, 2013 at 8:00AM and all university-recognized clubs are allowed to register up to three two-person teams for the 2013 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Cabela’s. Every club is guaranteed entry for one two-person team and no team will earn more than three total entries.
 
The following criteria will be used to determine which school clubs receive entry for two or three two-person teams: Past champions (2006 – 2012) earn one additional spot per Championship title. Teams also earn one additional spot in the Championship for participating in each of the following events: 2012 Collegiate Bass Fishing Open; 2013 Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash; or 2013 Collegiate Bass Fishing Open.
 
Participants can plan on the following schedule of events:
Monday, May 20, 2013: Official Practice begins
Tuesday, May 21, 2013: Official Practice until 2 pm, then Angler Appreciation Night
Wednesday, May 22, 2013: Official Practice until 2 pm, then Registration and Banquet
Thursday, May 23, 2013: Day 1 Competition
Friday, May 24, 2013: Day 2 Competition
 
According to Wade Middleton, Co-founder of the Association of Collegiate Anglers and President of CarecoTV, “Last year was a record-setting year in every way we could measure the event. We had more students catching more bass than ever before, and they were supported by more sponsors than we’ve ever had at the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship. 2012 was certainly a banner year, but we’re already working to make sure 2013 continues our tradition of growth and event development.”
 
Chris Edmonston, President of the BoatUS Foundation, added, “Having been a partner in this event since the inception, we couldn’t be happier to see the continued growth and development of collegiate fishing. The BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship and collegiate bass fishing in general have been one of the most successful youth fishing initiatives in recent history and we’re honored to be a part of the progression.”
 
Complete official rules for the 2013 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship, including these registration details, can found at www.CollegiateBassChampionship.com. A detailed Angler Packet will be released in the coming weeks. Collegiate anglers can ensure they receive information as it is released by joining the ACA Mailing List, which broadcasts all announcements via email.
 
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About BoatUS and BoatUS Angler:
 
BoatUS Angler, a membership program from the nation’s largest association of recreational boaters, BoatUS, offers boat-owning fishermen services such as on-the-water breakdown and towing assistance provided by the largest fleet of towboats in North America, roadside boat trailer and tow vehicle assistance through 18,000 specialized towing companies, fishing boat insurance that has the right coverage for anglers, and a tournament incentive program, Weigh-to-Win. BoatUS is also the nation’s advocate for recreational boaters and anglers on Capitol Hill and its non-profit BoatUS Foundation is a national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating. Visit BoatUSAngler.com for more.