College anglers grateful for BoatUS ANGLER

Tanner Parker of Georgia Southern and TowBoatUS Captain Shane O'Neal check out his lower unit with a TV cameraman

As a Construction Management major at Georgia Southern University, Tanner Parker has made a study of tensional stress and load factors. However, a high-speed collision with a piece of floating debris shortly after takeoff at the 2012 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship on Pickwick Lake introduced a load of stressful tension the 21-year-old never could have expected.

“The boat behind me saw the whole thing, and they said my boat did a 360 when I hit whatever it was that I hit,” said Parker, fishing solo and grateful to be unhurt. “As soon as I realized I wasn't hurt, I dialed TowBoatUS Captain Shane O'Neal, who I had met the night before while signing up for a membership. My hope was to get off the water quickly, fix was what was broken, and get back out there fishing."

"TowBoatUS got me off the water very quickly and was able to make trips to three different marine dealers, one of which was an hour-and-a-half away, but I eventually realized I didn't have the time to get back out there and fish the ledges that day.”

Parker wasn’t the only one singing the praises of BoatUS ANGLER. University of Texas angler Kyle Marek found himself broke down at the opposite end of Pickwick from the launch ramp. It took 45 minutes for TowBoatUS to get him and over 2 hours to pull him back to the launch ramp. Still he couldn't have been more grateful.

BoatUS ANGLER's towing service is the greatest thing ever,” Marek said. “If I could buy a lifetime membership, I would.”

The 2012 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Champions, Ben Dziwulski and Ethan Cox of North Carolina State, didn't need a tow, but they did haul home a $1,000 Weigh-to-Win bonus check from BoatUS ANGLER as a result of their membership.

Signing up for the programs is simple. Just dial (918) 742-6424 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CST, Monday-Friday and ask for Kendell. Or to learn more, visit