will Host 2012 & 2013 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Events on Pickwick Lake
Florence, AL – The Association of Collegiate Anglers (ACA) announced today that Florence/Lauderdale Tourism will host the 2012 and 2013 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship events on Pickwick Lake, AL.
“We are delighted for the opportunity to host the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship in 2012 and 2013,” said Debbie Wilson, Florence/Lauderdale Tourism Executive Director. “We look forward to a spectacular event in Florence on Pickwick Lake. Beth Agee and our Florence tourism team have big plans for providing a memorable experience for the collegiate anglers.”
The 2012 Championship event will be held May 21-25 and will feature a two person team format. Each school will be allowed to send their top three teams and it’s expected that as many as 200 teams will compete for the prestigious national championship title. The full field will compete both days and the winners will be determined by the heaviest cumulative weight.
“We’re very excited that Florence. AL will host the 7th and 8th annual BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship events on Pickwick Lake,” commented Wade Middleton, Tournament Director and President of Careco TV. Since the innaugural national championship event in 2006, our goal has been to provide more opportunities for collegiate anglers while growing the sport of bass fishing. “Florence/Lauderdale Tourism and Pickwick Lake provide many resources that will contribute greatly to the future growth of the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Series.
The 2012 event promises to be a highly contested tournament featuring the big catches that Pickwick Lake has become known for during the late spring time period. In addition to quality largemouth bass, Pickwick is home to big smallmouth and spotted bass as well. Weigh-ins will take place at McFarland Park on May 24 & 25 beginning at 3:00 pm each day.
Camera teams from CarecoTV will capture all the action and extensive coverage of the event will be featured on the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship television series; which will consist of 18 half hours of programming that will air on the Versus network, now part of the NBC Sports Group, during the Fall of 2012.
Under the leadership of the ACA, collegiate bass fishing continues to grow at an astounding pace as new fishing clubs are forming at universities throughout the United States. There are currently more than 200 institutionally recognized fishing clubs nationwide.
for current news and more information about collegiate bass fishing events.