2012 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship
2013 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Qualification Criteria
September 5, 2012 - The BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship just completed the seventh consecutive year as the nation’s largest collegiate fishing event. Registrations grew to over 200 teams, and the wait list was the longest in history. Although everyone that wanted to get in the 2012 event was able to do so, it is unlikely that trend will continue. To accommodate this overwhelming demand, updated registration criteria will go into effect for the 2013 Championship to determine how many teams get to compete on behalf of their university.
All school clubs are still allowed to register up to (3) two-person teams for the 2013 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship. Every club is still guaranteed entry for (1) two-person team; however, the following criteria will be used to determine which school clubs receive entry for (2) or (3) two-person teams:
- Past champions (2006 – 2012) – One extra team for each Championship Victory, up to the maximum of three total teams entered into the Championship
- Participation in the 2012 Collegiate Bass Fishing Open – One extra team, in addition to the guaranteed team, and/or any Past Champion positions, up to the maximum of three total teams entered into the Championship
- Participation in the 2013 Collegiate Big Bass Bash - One extra team, in addition to the guaranteed team, the team secured through the Open, and/or any Past Champion positions, up to the maximum of three total teams entered into the Championship
- Should more or less than 200 teams meet these requirements, the final criteria to determining confirmation will be the date the online registration is received
Regardless of the number of teams that a club sends to the Collegiate Bass Fishing Open, or the Big Bass Bash, the club will only earn one additional position for the Championship. The earned position can be assigned to the actual teammates during the registration process. It does not have to be the same team(s) that competed in prior events. Clubs will be encouraged to register for all three positions, but confirmations of teams two and three will only be issued after evaluating all entries on these criteria.
For complete information on the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship visit www.collegiatebasschampionship.com
Florence, Alabama to be the home of the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship
FLORENCE, AL, August 30, 2012 - Florence, Alabama and the Association of Collegiate Anglers have entered into a long-term partnership, making Florence and Lake Pickwick the "home" of the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship through 2017.
According to Danny Blandford, Program Director for the ACA, "We're ecstatic to secure such a great host as Florence for many years to come. Traditionally this type of long-term partnership is unheard of in the fishing world, but in this particular case, it was an easy decision for both sides and we are all very excited."
Debbie Wilson, Executive Director of Florence/Lauderdale Tourism, echoed Blandford's sentiments, "College anglers are the future of bass fishing and Florence/Lauderdale Tourism is excited to be part of this growing sport. We are honored to have the opportunity to host the BoatUS Collegiate Championship on Pickwick Lake for the next five years. This event has a tremendous economic impact for the City of Florence and we would like to extend a warm welcome and our Southern Hospitality to all the participating students as well as their friends and family."
Blandford went on to add, "The 2012 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship was so well received by both the community and the anglers, that when the opportunity presented itself to make Florence the home of this event for many years to come, both sides jumped at the chance. We love the facilities at McFarland Park, the fishery is phenomenal, and the Florence/Lauderdale Tourism team is a pleasure to work with, so it was easy for the ACA to make the commitment." Read More
University of North Carolina Charlotte climbs to the top
The University of North Carolina Charlotte "Bass Rats" are the champions of the 2012 Collegiate Bass Fishing Open, presented by Pepsi. The four angler team of Eric Self, Tyler Beam, Shane Lehew, and Adam Waters amassed a two day total of 41.07 lbs. They started Day Two in third place, less than three pounds behind the first day leaders, North Carolina State. In the end, the Bass Rats brought the largest six fish limit of Day 2 to the scales, at 21.41 lbs. Their haul was more than enough to take home the title, edging out NC State by nearly one pound.
In the true spirit of the Collegiate Bass Fishing Open, they claimed the victory through teamwork, sharing the best elements of each others patterns. One boat did their work to the south in the grass, while the other worked deeper ledges to the north. They each shared a secondary pattern discovered during practice, which included focusing on marinas when their bites slowed down in their primary areas. Read More
NC State Basspack Gets It Back!
Florence, Alabama – May 25, 2012 - Ben Dziwulski and Ethan Cox are the 2012 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Champions. Over the course of two days they managed to haul 45.60 pounds of bass, both largemouth and smallmouth from Lake Pickwick. For the first time in its seven year history, the traveling trophy is making a repeat visit, heading back to Raleigh, North Carolina and the campus of North Carolina State.
Ethan and Ben were the last NC State team from the Basspack to be confirmed from the waiting list. Despite having a great network of contacts in the area, their late confirmation prevented them from doing anything but online research prior to making the trip to Florence, but fortunately for the duo, they got off to a great start on the first practice day, plying one particular deep spot on Lake Pickwick with Strike King 5 and 6 XD crankbaits.
Regarding competition days, Ethan added, “We had our limit within the first hour on Thursday and we knew they were the right fish to win, so once we were comfortable with our first day weight, we backed off and just watched our spot for several hours. I’m glad we finally got to unload on them on Friday.” Read More
Registration Tops 200 Teams, 106 Collegiate Fishing Programs
San Antonio, Texas, May 1, 2012 - Registration for the 2012 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship has closed, with record registration numbers, including nearly 500 students from 248 teams registering for the 200 available slots in this year’s event.
When the final field is released later this week, 400 students, representing 106 collegiate fishing programs, will be confirmed to compete in the largest and most prestigious collegiate fishing event held. Additional students on the waiting list will be learning more this week as staff contacts participants for field finalization. Read More