The Association of Collegiate Anglers Federation and the Collegiate Bass Fishing Series have announced a partnership that will have Bass Pros Shops become the title sponsor of the Collegiate Bass Fishing Series. Under terms of the deal, the outdoor retailer will also become title sponsor of the Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley event and the fishing circuit’s School of the Year program.
“Bass Pro Shops founder and conservationist Johnny Morris is passionate about introducing new audiences to the sport of fishing,” said Christine Wamsley, director of sponsorships for Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s. “We’re excited to contribute to the rising popularity of collegiate fishing as part of our broader efforts to connect more people to nature.”
Through the School of the Year program, Bass Pro Shops and the ACA will support sanctioned, school-run bass fishing events, as well as major events on the national level. Bass Pro Shops will also offer discount cards to collegiate anglers who compete on the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series in 2019.
The 2019 Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series consists of four nationally televised tournaments:
Texas Lunker Challenge presented by Mossy Oak Elements – Sam Rayburn Reservoir – February 3, 2019
Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley – Kentucky Lake – March 9–10, 2019
BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops – Pickwick Lake – May 23–24, 2019
AFTCO Collegiate Bass Open – Lake Dardanelle – October 26–27, 2019