2012 Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash Registration Underway

San Antonio, Texas (January 16, 2012) – The Association of Collegiate Anglers has opened registration for the 2012 Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash.  Students may now register at:


Hundreds of students from across the country will migrate to the city of Allen, and nearby Lake Lavon, March 19-24, 2012 for what should be a fun-filled start to the 2012 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Series.  Cabela’s, located at 1 Cabela Drive, Allen, TX, will serve as Tournament Headquarters, as well as host of Cabela’s College Night and Registration, Thursday March 22, starting at 3 pm.

“We’re excited to kick off the season in Texas, with the nation’s only collegiate big bass style event.  Fishing should really be heating up that time of year, which is perfect for an event like this.  With four daily weigh-ins, and prizes for the Top 5 largest bass each session, there will be a lot of excitement over the course of two days.  We’ll be awarding 43 prizes in total, as well as providing national television coverage on NBC Sports Outdoors, all with no entry fees for the students,” said Danny Blandford, Program Director for the ACA.

Anglers will launch daily at Avalon Park on the shores of Lake Lavon and weigh fish in any (and up to all four) sessions.  Weigh-ins for each session will begin promptly at 9:30 and 11:30 am, as well as 1:30 and 3:30 pm, both Friday and Saturday.  The collegiate angler that weighs the largest bass over the course of the two-day competition will be crowned Champion at an awards ceremony immediately following the 3:30 pm weigh-in on Saturday.

In addition to prizes, students are also competing for points in the coveted ACA School of the Year race, which is the first college rankings program to recognize the top collegiate fishing teams in the country, taking into account their participation across all leagues.

The Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash is one of three nationally televised events hosted as part of the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Series.  These no entry fee events are open to all full-time students of university-recognized programs, both two and four-year.  Competitions are broadcast as part of the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Television Series, seen on Versus, now part of the NBC Sports Network and available to over 76 million homes.

Complete Tournament Schedule:

March 22-24, 2012   Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash
May 23-25, 2012      BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship
June 22-24, 2012      Collegiate Bass Fishing Open

Registration Schedule:

Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash
Registration Begins: Monday, January 16, 2012

BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship
Registration Begins: Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Collegiate Bass Fishing Open                                       Registration Begins: Monday, February 20, 2012

For more information on these events, including Angler Packets and Official Rules, please visit:

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