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ACA announces 2014 Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series presented by BoatUS

Logo for BoatUS Cabela's Bass Fishing Series

San Antonio, TX, October 15, 2013 - Cabela’s, The World’s Foremost Outfitter, has continued their sponsorship of the Association of Collegiate Anglers, and the Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series.  Once again the title sponsor of the entire series which consists of three major events, including the Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash, the Collegiate Bass Fishing Open and the season-ending BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship.  The sponsorship also includes numerous school run events nation wide many which count towards the prestigious 2014 Cabela’s School of the Year race.

"Cabela's is one of several companies that have been behind our series and collegiate bass fishing since its inception in 2006.  Their involvement and support of this initiative have allowed us to continually enhance our programs and offerings to collegiate anglers,” said Wade Middleton, President of CarecoTV and Co-founder of the ACA.  “We are honored to have their continued support and this collaboration between Cabela’s and the ACA will allow us to continue to raise the bar for collegiate bass fishing events and opportunities.”

The 2014 Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series presented by BoatUS will be nationally televised and hosted on some of the nation’s top fisheries.  The series will include:

  • Collegiate Bass Fishing Open – March 14-16, 2014 – Lake Chickamauga – Dayton, Tenn.
  • Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash – April 4-5, 2014 – Kentucky Lake – Paris, Tenn.
  • BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship – May 21-23, 2014 - Pickwick Lake – Florence, Ala.

“The Collegiate Bass Fishing Series provides an opportunity for young anglers from across the country to showcase their skills and passion,” said Scott Williams, Cabela’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Cabela’s is proud to support this event and its competitors, who represent a strong future for fishing and outdoor industries.”

Chris Edmonston, President of the BoatUS Foundation, added, “We’re proud to be a founding partner in the Association of Collegiate Anglers along with Cabela’s.  What started as a little collegiate fishing event in Texas several years ago has grown into a series of premier collegiate fishing events; thanks in large part to the number of partnerships that have developed over the years.  Cabela’s expanded commitment to collegiate anglers everywhere really solidifies everyone’s investment into this important youth program.  We look forward to the future and the opportunities that lie ahead for the students.”

Official rules and registration dates for the 2014 Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series will be announced in coming weeks at www.CollegiateBassChampionship.com.

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BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship ready for another year in Florence, Alabama

Photo of 2013 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Chmapionship winners on stage

San Antonio, TX, August 20, 2013 - Florence, Alabama and the Association of Collegiate Anglers will once again be heading to Florence and Lake Pickwick for the season ending event of the 2014 Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing series. The ACA will hold the 2014 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship between the 19th and 23rd of May.

Wade Middleton, co-founder of the ACA and President of Careco TV recently said, "We're extremely proud of the growth the Cabela's Bass Fishing Series and the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship is the marquee event within that series. Last year's news of Florence, Alabama and the ACA entering into a long-term partnership garnered momentum and we are excited about heading back in 2014 and years to come. The quality of the tournament has always been, without a doubt, one of the finest. Florence along with BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship have definitely found a home here together and collectively will produce some of the best fishing and exposure for college fishing for years to come."

Debbie Wilson, Executive Director of Florence/Lauderdale Tourism added "Florence/Lauderdale Tourism is excited to be part of this powerhouse partnership with Careco TV and the

BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship.  On behalf of the City of Florence we want to welcome the participants, family members and sponsors to Pickwick Lake for the best bass fishing in the Country. We believe college anglers are the future of bass fishing and are honored to support the participants in their quest to reel in the 2014 championship weight."

The 2014 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship is slated for the week of May 19-23, with the full itinerary and details forthcoming.

Those interested in learning more about the Association of Collegiate Anglers and the Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series should visit www.CollegiateBassChampionship.com.

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BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Registration Drawing to a Close

The 2013 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Cabela’s kicks off in Florence, AL May 20-24 for the nation’s largest collegiate fishing event.  Some of the biggest names in bass fishing will join hundreds of students in celebrating this prestigious annual event.  Berkley Pro Mike Iaconelli, Cabela’s Pro Jeff Kriet, Yamaha Pro Ish Monroe, as well as others, will be on hand to share in the festivities throughout event week.

Promotional videos for BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship
Watch the video trailer for the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship.

Official practice begins Monday, May 20 and continues through Wednesday, May 23.  Afternoon activities kick off with Yamaha Angler Appreciation Night Tuesday, May 22. Students will be treated to dinner, mingle with pros, and have time to take Ranger/Yamaha demo rides and get help from the respective service crews. On Wednesday, registration will begin with a sponsor reception hosted by dozens of partners, followed by dinner and pre-tournament meeting.

According to Wade Middleton, co-founder of the ACA and President of CarecoTV, “Our team is excited for the upcoming event.  Each year sponsors want to get more and more involved and do more for the students at the BoatUS Championship.  The anglers are in for an incredible week as our guests, thanks to all our supporters.  As competitors, they’re in for a real treat on Pickwick.”

Photo of the NC State winners on stage with trophy

Fishing starts Thursday morning and will end Friday with the crowning of a new national champion.  Along the way, students will be provided with breakfast and lunch, plus daily weigh-in meals courtesy of the ACA and sponsors.

Online registration is currently open through Tuesday, April 30, 2013 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.

Positions are still available “BUT” students need to reserve their spots NOW. Clubs who know they would like to participate, but who do not have their competitors selected yet, should go ahead and register a team (or teams), even if the actual anglers may change.  The ACA will accept registration changes up until May, but anglers need to reserve their spot as soon as possible.

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 earn one additional spot in the Championship for fishing each of the:
    • 2012 Collegiate Bass Fishing Open
    • 2013 Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash
    • 2013 Collegiate Bass Fishing Open
    • Click Here for the final list of teams that have earned additional slots.
    • (Remember, every team gets one.  This file reflects "additional" teams beyond the first team)
    • If your team has earned two "additional" that makes for a total of three - no schools will have more than three teams

All events that earn extra slots in the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship have concluded, so the list is complete. Teams that have not registered up to their maximum allotment must do so by the close of registration.

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