San Antonio, TX – August 31, 2011 – The Association of Collegiate Anglers (ACA) has partnered with the Boilermakers Bass Club of Purdue University and the Boll Weevils Bass Club of the University of Arkansas at Monticello to facilitate five collegiate events this fall. The Big Ten Classic, a storied event with a rich history and a new series of events open to anglers throughout the state of Arkansas, the Arkansas Collegiate Fall Series.
The Boilermakers Bass Club, in conjunction with the Association of Collegiate Anglers, will be hosting the 2011 Big Ten Classic, one of the nation’s longest running collegiate bass fishing events. “We’re excited to support such a long-standing event this fall. Some of the first collegiate events in our country started in Indiana over 20 years ago with Purdue and Indiana Universities. The Big Ten Classic and other collegiate programs grew from these rivalries into recognized club sports throughout the country. To lend today’s resources to an event with so much history is our pleasure,” said ACA Program Director Danny Blandford. “Our online registration process and planning assistance should help the students have a smooth event, with their focus more on fishing and less on tournament operations.” The online registration process is available now through September 29, 2011; the first day anglers can wet a line in Coldwater Lake, Coldwater, MI. Registration and more information is available at: www.collegiatebasschampionship/registrations. Louis Keller of Purdue University stated, “We wanted to pick a lake that didn’t really offer a home field advantage to any of the schools competing. Coldwater Lake, and the associated chain, should provide a good amount of water for everyone to spread out on for some great fall fishing.”
The ACA is also hosting online registrations for the Boll Weevils Bass Club, and their Collegiate Fall Series, an inaugural trail of four events, and a year-end fall championship. The first event of the series is September 17, 2011 on the Arkansas River, out of the Alltel Ramp in Little Rock. Registration is currently underway, and more information can be found at: www.collegiatebasschampionship/registrations. According to AJ Morgan of the Boll Weevils, “We want to encourage teams to compete on our trail for the whole season. It runs throughout the fall and the fishing should be good throughout the state. Teams that fish three of the four events are automatically qualified for the championship, along with a vote on the location for that final event of the season.” Anglers may register for any of the events they wish to compete in, and registration is open to any Arkansas schools interested in fishing any of the events. In addition to the participation berths, the Top 10 teams, based on season standings, also qualify for the championship. Blandford went on to say, “Supporting these newer events is important to the ACA as well, it is our hopes that these too grow into longstanding events with rich history. Helping make that happen is in line with our core principle of developing collegiate fishing and providing more opportunities for student anglers to participate in our sport.”