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Association of Collegiate Anglers

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The first event hosted by the Association of Collegiate Anglers for the 2020-21 season will be the Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley at Kentucky Lake in Paris, TN on September 19th & 20th. This two-day event will count towards the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia, awarding points to each school’s two highest-finishing anglers inside of the Top 100. Current number one Adrian College entered this event in the exact same position last season. The Bulldogs held a sizable lead leading up to the tournament, and left with a victory and thousands of valuable School of the Year points due in large part to the first place winning fish from Hunter Schneider. On this episode of the Rapala #WeAreCollegiateBass Podcast, we are joined by two team members of the Adrian College bass team to discuss the School of the Year race and the upcoming Big Bass Bash.

Sep 11

15 min

In just two weeks, the top anglers in the nation will be in Paris, TN, on the shores of Kentucky Lake, to compete in the Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley. Today we will be joined by members of the Murray State bass team to break down the current conditions out on Kentucky Lake. Following the completion of this interview, we will reveal the Top 10 teams in the latest update to the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia. Tune in for another exciting episode of the Rapala #WeAreCollegiateBass Podcast with host Kyle Curry.

Sep 3

19 min

McKendree University enters the 2020-21 season as back-to-back winners of the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia. They are just the second team in the history of the program to do so, and are looking to become the first-ever school to win three titles in a row. This past weekend at an FLW Regional on the Mississippi River in Wisconsin, McKendree kicked of its 2020-21 campaign. Blake Jackson & Nate Doty started the year off in a big way by claiming the win and 750 School of the Year points. Check out this episode of the Rapala #WeAreCollegiateBass Podcast as we talk with the two McKendree anglers!

Aug 27

17 min

The new season for the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu began on July 1st, and the year long chase to become college fishing’s best program is already heating up. Today the Association of Collegiate Anglers has released the standings for the most all-inclusive ranking system in collegiate bass fishing. Ranked at the top of the standings, with 1,305 points, is Lamar State College-Orange. The team from south Texas has a more than 300 point lead over 2nd place Adrian College. Tune in to this episode of the Rapala #WeAreCollegiateBass Podcast to hear the team talk about the year so far and the goals they hope to accomplish by the end of this season.

Aug 20

14 min

It’s time for another new episode of the Rapala #WeAreCollegiateBass Podcast! This week we will be talking with Jameson Simion & Cameron Wilt from Bowling Green State University. These two anglers won the FLW Regional on Lake Erie with a five fish limit weighing 16 lbs 1 oz. That victory also earns their school 750 points towards the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia. They made the decision to start their day off out on the big waters of Lake Erie, and it paid off! Tune in to hear how Jameson & Cameron caught their fish, as well as find out more about their day on the water!

Aug 12

15 min

One of the newest brands to partner with the Association of Collegiate Anglers for the 2020-2021 season is Tactacam, and the Tactacam Fish-i camera. The Fish-i camera was developed specifically for the fishing market, and offers anglers the perfect compact camera package to film their experience. Constructed with a waterproof, replaceable lens system, Fish-i is one of the most versatile compact cameras on the market. This camera is packed with tons of great features that you need to hear about! On this episode of the Rapala #WeAreCollegiateBass Podcast, Bern Stern with Tactacam joins us to discuss the Fish-i camera. Through its partnership with the ACA, Tactacam Fish-i offers a great discount program and Team Tactacam opportunities for collegiate anglers. Tune in to find out more!

Jul 30

19 min

Tons of new baits, clothing items, and a wide array of products were introduced during ICAST 2020 last week. Numerous partners of the Association of Collegiate Anglers launched new gear over the course of the past 10 days or so. Today we want to highlight new items from Big Bite Baits! On this episode of the Rapala #WeAreCollegiateBass Podcast, we are joined by Les Bratcher, PR & Pro Staff Director for Big Bite Baits. We will discuss the BFE, other new items, an intern winning our Championship event, as well as talk about Big Bite’s connection with the college trail for many years. Tune in to hear this great conversation and learn about some new products!

Jul 23

15 min

The race for the 2020-2021 Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia is officially underway. The new season began July 1st, and will culminate with the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops on Lake Murray in South Carolina next May. One of the first major points earning opportunities for the new season came at Ft. Gibson Lake in Oklahoma last weekend as the FLW College Series hosted a regional event there. The home state pairing of Rhett Meyer & Jake Biram from Oklahoma State won the event with 19 pounds 14 ounces. That victory will earn their team 750 points towards the School of the Year race and is a great way to kick off the new year. Tune in to Episode 80 of the Rapala #WeAreCollegiateBass Podcast to hear more about their victory.

Jul 16

14 min

New for this year, Yamaha has introduced its Power Pay tournament contingency program. Power Pay rewards tournament anglers for running Yamaha engines and finishing well in a wide range of fishing tournaments. Specifically for college anglers, students competing on the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series are eligible to cash in at each ACA ran event throughout the year. Triston Crowder and Martin McCravy from UNA won the contingency prize at the Championship last month after finishing 3rd overall. On this episode of the Rapala #WeAreCollegiateBass Podcast we talk with Chip Porche from Dynamic Sponsorships, who helps to run Yamaha Power Pay. Tune in to learn all about this great tournament contingency program from Yamaha.

Jul 2

22 min

The 2019-2020 season out on the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series is in the books! With that comes the culmination of the chase for the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia. McKendree University takes home that title as college fishing’s best program for a second-straight season as they run away from the field by roughly 1,000 points. On this episode of the Rapala #WeAreCollegiateBass Podcast, we talk with both the coach and several members of the School of the Years winners from McKendree. Tune in to hear everything they have to say about this season, and the mark they will leave in the history books for collegiate fishing.

Jun 26

18 min

This week’s episode of the Rapala #WeAreCollegiateBass Podcast is a double feature. We begin the show by talking with Gary Nesty from Solar Bat Sunglasses. He joins us to talk about his brand, the detail that goes into each pair of their sunglasses, and how to properly care for the lenses and frames on your favorite pair of shades. On the second half of this episode, we dial up Bailey Fain & Preston Kendrick from Bryan College. They were the winners of the 2020 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops on Pickwick Lake in Florence, AL. Tune in to hear them break down how they caught their fish, and discuss the emotions of being crowned National Champion.

Jun 18

41 min

We are now just a little over a week away from the 2020 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops on Pickwick Lake in Florence, AL. In preparation for the year-end Championship, we want to begin taking a look at the lake and discuss what’s on the line during this event. The guest on today’s show is Chase Dawson from the University of Tennessee. This will mark the third straight year he has fished this prestigious event. At the 2019 Championship, Dawson and a fellow teammate finished in the Top 10. Tune in to hear him share his thoughts on Pickwick Lake and talk about the race for Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia.

May 29

16 min

Only once in the eight-year history of the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia has a school won the title in back-to-back years. The University of North Alabama did so in the 2014 & 2015 seasons. In just a few short weeks at the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops on Pickwick Lake, McKendree University will be looking to become the second team to accomplish this feat. The winners of the 2019 School of the Year race, McKendree enters the Championship with approximately a 1,000 point lead over second place Montevallo. Tune in to this episode of the Rapala #WeAreCollegiateBass Podcast as we talk with members of the McKendree University fishing team, as well as the Head Coach Jon Rinderer.

May 22

15 min

The 2019-2020 season on the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series has been one of the most exciting years in the history of college fishing. Point totals for the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia are at an all-time high, and anglers are greatly anticipating the upcoming Championship on Pickwick Lake in Florence, AL. On this episode of the Rapala #WeAreCollegiateBass Podcast, we take a look back at the season thus far. From the Texas Lunker Challenge, to the AFTCO Open, and the Big Bass Bash, we will recap the winners and changes in the School of the Year race.

May 14

19 min

The guests on this week’s podcast are from the 12th ranked team in the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia, the University of Louisiana-Monroe. Taylor Kolb and Jacob Andrews join us to talk about their fishing team at ULM and what it means to be ranked so high in the School of the Year standings. ULM is a perennial powerhouse in the sport of collegiate bass fishing. Since the inception of the School of the Year program, ULM has never finished lower than 15th place in the rankings. The school fishes with great consistency no matter where they’re at in the country. Tune in to find out the keys to their success and much more on the latest episode of the Rapala #WeAreCollegiateBass Podcast.

May 7

17 min

The Association of Collegiate Anglers is continuing to highlight the Top 25 in the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia. In the dedicated web article series, we are highlighting teams ranked 16th-21st this week. On today’s episode, we will be talking with Noah Campbell from Georgia College. Georgia College is currently ranked 20th. Recognized as a club at their respective university, Georgia College has put together a great run throughout the 2019-2020 season. Tune in to hear Noah talk about the School of the Year race, and his anticipation for the upcoming BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops on Pickwick Lake.

Apr 30

16 min

The Association of Collegiate Anglers began a feature series on its website this week highlighting teams ranked inside of the Top 25 for the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia. This week we are spotlighting the 25th-21st ranked teams. On Tuesday the series was focused on Greenville University. Greenville is currently ranked 24th in the School of the Year race with 4,145 points. On this episode of the Rapala #WeAreCollegiateBass Podcast, we will talk with team member Cordell Beckmann, and Assistant Coach Shane Campbell from Greenville. Learn more about their team and expectations for the upcoming BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops.

Apr 23

20 min

This week we will continue our recap of the Online Tournament. Lucas Lindsay from Auburn University is the special guest on this episode of the Rapala #WeAreCollegiateBass Podcast. Lucas finished in a tie for second place and earned himself a pair of Wiley X sunglasses. He is also a member of the Top 5 ranked Auburn University which has been highly ranked in the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia for most of the season. Listen in to this episode to hear about the prize winning fish catch, Garmin Panoptix LiveScope, and a variety of other items as we talk with Lucas Lindsay from Auburn University.

Apr 16

19 min

For the past week, the Association of Collegiate Anglers has been hosting an Online Tournament for college anglers across the nation to compete in. Students were challenged to go out and attempt to catch the longest fish possible. Then by adhering to tournament rules and restrictions, they could submit their catch through our website. Awards were to be given to the Top 5 finishers, as well as an additional three prizes to be distributed to those who shared their catches on social media. Cole Sands from Bryan College won the Online Tournament with a bass measuring just over 24.5 inches. Tune in to this episode as we talk with Cole about the tournament and his winning fish!

Apr 9

16 min

Today we will be speaking with Kayden Tanner from Tarleton State University. This will be the second time that Kayden has been featured on the podcast. We last talked to both him and fellow Tarleton State teammate Samuel Climer leading up to the Texas Lunker Challenge presented by Mossy Oak Fishing back in February. Since then, Kayden has competed in other national level events, and is now completing the school year at home as Tarleton State has implemented online classes due to the COVID-19 Virus. On this episode, we will talking with him about those online classes, as well as recent fishing adventures!

Apr 2

16 min

On this episode of the Rapala #WeAreCollegiateBass Podcast, we will be talking with Griffin Phillips from the University of Montevallo. Griffin is a freshman on the number two ranked team in the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia. He had a lot of success on the high school level fishing with the TBF, and is now continuing to grow his career in college. During this episode, we will talk with him about his fishing career, as well as discuss what he is currently doing during the COVID-19 pandemic. You’re going to want to tune in and find out how this young college angler is also working to help stop the spread of this deadly virus. Listen now!

Mar 27

15 min

Last week, ACA staff had to make the difficult decision to postpone and reschedule the Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley at Kentucky Lake due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 Virus. College anglers from near and far had already been practicing at Kentucky Lake, and this news threw a wrench in their plans. In many cases, the school or institution they were representing also stepped in by either cutting off funding, travel, or both for the foreseeable future. One such team to experience this turmoil was the University at Buffalo. Hailing from upstate New York, the UB Bassmasters sent 10 anglers down to Kentucky Lake. Now that their events have been cancelled, they are making the most of their time on the road before heading back. Tune in as they discuss their current trip, and how they’re using this time to practice for the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops on Pickwick Lake!

Mar 19

15 min

The past two weeks mark one of the busiest stretches in the history of college fishing. Between the Texas Lunker Challenge presented by Mossy Oak Fishing, FLW College Championship, and a Bassmaster College Open, more than 100,000 points were awarded in the race for Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia. Following that major run for college fishing, there is a new number one in the School of the Year standings. Defending champion McKendree University has overtaken Adrian College for that top spot. The Bearcats had a Top 10 at each major college event to make the giant leap in the standings. On this episode of the Rapala #WeAreCollegiateBass Podcast, we will talk with the head coach and team members of the McKendree University bass fishing team.

Mar 12

20 min

The calendar just flipped over to March and it’s almost time to start focusing on our next event! But before we do that, we want to wrap up our post-tournament coverage of the Texas Lunker Challenge presented by Mossy Oak Fishing. So on today’s episode of the Rapala #WeAreCollegiateBass Podcast, we will take a look at the other four anglers that placed inside of the top five. Find out how they caught their fish, what that fish weighed, and hear from one angler who relied on Panoptix LiveScope from Garmin to catch some bass. After that, we will give a breakdown of the Top 10 in the latest update to the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia. This was a monumental update as more than 100,000 total points were awarded to competing schools. Be sure to listen to this great episode discussing all things college fishing!

Mar 5

14 min

Last weekend the Association of Collegiate Anglers held their first event of the year, the 2020 Texas Lunker Challenge presented by Mossy Oak Fishing. Matthew Dorcz from Schreiner University won the one-day big bass format event with a largemouth weighing 8.45 pounds. During the first part of today’s episode, we talk with Matthew and his Head Coach at Schreiner University, Raymond Holloway. Following that conversation, we speak with Gary Nesty from Solar Bat Sunglasses. Solar Bat has been creating performance sunglasses for nearly 25 years, and Gary has also been involved with high level tournament fishing for an extensive period of time. We will talk with him about his company, its product, and the evolution of competitive fishing. Tune in to hear it all!

Feb 27

44 min

Today’s episode will conclude the pre-tournament coverage for the 2020 Texas Lunker Challenge presented by Mossy Oak Fishing. The first ACA tournament of the year, the Texas Lunker Challenge will take place on Sam Rayburn Reservoir this Sunday. Our guests on this episode will be competing in the big bass format event this weekend. Samuel Climer and Kayden Tanner from Tarleton State University have been doing plenty of research and tackle preparation for the upcoming tournament. On this show, we will talk to them about the event and their goals as a team regarding the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia.

Feb 20

21 min

The Texas Lunker Challenge presented by Mossy Oak Fishing is just over a week away! This big bass format event will take place on the storied Sam Rayburn Reservoir. Sam Rayburn is capable of kicking out a double digit bass anytime throughout the year. On this episode, we will talk with Hunter Schneider and Brayden Federer from Adrian College. Both of these anglers are registered to compete in this one-day event. Tune in to hear how they’re preparing for the tournament, and their strategy for maintaining first place in the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia.

Feb 13

19 min

Contingency programs are a major part of competitive bass fishing. When an angler wins or places high in the standings, they are eligible for a variety of payouts from participating brands. But first, the angler has to be signed up for the programs in order to claim the prize payout. On today’s episode we talk with Rick Emmitt from Bass Pro Shops and the White River Marine Group to discuss the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Contingency program. All anglers competing in ACA ran events are eligible to sign up and win at all major events. To find out more about such programs, visit the Discounts & Incentives tab on our website.

Feb 6

18 min

One of the first major college level events was held just last week on Toledo Bend Reservoir. Cody Huff and Dakota Pierce from Bethel University won the season-opening event on the Bassmaster College Series. The pairing figured out a solid pattern that paid off to the tune of just over 60 pounds for a three day total. This victory nets their school 750 points towards the Bass Pro Shops school of the year presented by Abu Garcia. Tune in to hear them talk about how they caught their fish, and what this victory means to them!

Jan 30

13 min

Becoming a professional angler is the goal of most every young person who has ever picked up a fishing pole. For many college anglers today, that dream is more easily attainable than they could have ever imagined. The skills these young students are gaining at the college ranks is preparing them to take that next step in their careers. Just last week a professional event took place in Florida, and it’s remarkable to see how many of the anglers competing got their start on the college circuit. Today we will be talking with one of those particular anglers, Chase Serafin. Chase was a member of the Adrian College Bass Team during his time in school. He is now out on his own trying to carve out his place in the professional tournament fishing scene. Tune in to hear everything he has to say about this journey!

Jan 23

19 min

It’s time for another new episode of the Rapala #WeAreCollegiateBass Podcast! In the first half of today's episode, we will be speaking with the winners of the Ranger Cup University Challenge, Cole Floyd & Carter McNeil from Bethel University. They managed to catch just over 40 pounds of bass to edge out Adam Puckett & Blake Albertson from Murray State, our guests during the second half of this episode, by approximately nine pounds. We had the opportunity to sit down with both teams and talk to them following the check presentation yesterday. Tune in and listen as they talk about their day on the water and the overall experience of the Ranger Cup University Challenge.

Jan 16

14 min

Happy New Year! We are excited to kick off 2020 with a new episode of the #WeAreCollegiateBass Podcast. Today’s guest is Matt Raynor from Ranger Boats. Matt will be traveling down to Texas next week to assist with the Ranger Cup University Challenge on Fayette County Reservoir. This Challenge is a key part of the Ranger Cup University program, one of the longest-running contingency programs in the industry. Representatives from Murray State and Bethel University earned the opportunity to compete in this made for tv event. Tune in to hear about this event, the boats anglers will be competing in, and learn new changes to the program for 2020!

Jan 9

24 min

Believe it or not, the 2019 calendar year is almost over. Christmas is less than a week away, and not too long after that it will be 2020. On this episode, we will take a look back at the year that has been. A new School of the Year champion was crowned, and numerous teams took home victories out on the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series. Director of the Association of Collegiate Anglers, Wade Middleton, is our special guest. He will join us to talk about 2019, and preview what lies ahead in 2020!

Dec 2019

21 min

Believe it or not, we are less than two weeks away from Christmas! The fall tournament season has flown by, and 2020 is almost here. On today’s episode we will wrap up our coverage from the fall events. We will be talking with Luke Mason and Justin Lane from the University of North Alabama. Luke and Justin finished up in second place at the 2019 AFTCO Collegiate Bass Open. The two man team remained consistent over two days to weigh-in a total of 23.60 pounds. During our conversation with them, we will talk about that second place finish, their qualification for the 2020 ACA Championship, and find out more about the UNA bass fishing team!

Dec 2019

18 min

College fishing provides a platform and gateway for anglers to break into the fishing industry, whether that be as an angler or as a business professional. Since the inception of the Association of Collegiate Anglers 15 years ago, we have heard countless success stories of anglers moving on to get jobs in the outdoors arena. Today we will introduce to one of the early trailblazers of college fishing, Danny Blandford. Danny competed on the Indiana University Bass Club roughly 20 years ago and is now the Owner of Secret Lures. Tune in to hear about his journey and why he has decided to become involved in college fishing as a sponsor of the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series.

Dec 2019

25 min

For the past several weeks we have been talking with teams that are having extraordinary seasons in the chase for Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia. Today’s episode will be no different. Mason Waddell and Cal Culpepper from the University of Montevallo will be calling in to the show. The University of Montevallo is currently in the Top 5 for School of the Year. Montevallo has been competing on the college circuit for many years, and this marks one of the greatest starts in program history. Mason and Cal fished the first two ACA events of the season as well. So we will talk with the about the School of the Year race, the current season, and a variety of other items. Tune in to hear it all!

Nov 2019

27 min

This season’s School of the Year race is seeing several new faces crack the Top 10. One of those particular teams is Drury University. They have managed to earn their highest ranking in school history as they sit in seventh place at the moment. On this episode, we will be talking with Cole Breeden and Cameron Smith, members of the Drury University Fishing Team. These two anglers have contributed to the team’s efforts immensely as they’ve won an FLW Regional and placed in the Top 10 at the AFTCO Collegiate Bass Open. Tune in to hear them talk about their school, and the season they are having!

Nov 2019

16 min

The past five to six weeks have been a very busy time for the college fishing tournament circuit. The Association of Collegiate Anglers, in conjunction with the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, has fished two events in that span. Each of those events qualified for double points, and many teams took advantage of opportunities to gain valuable points towards the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia. In particular, Carson-Newman University has seen a giant surge in the standings since the end of September. They have managed to go from 66th overall to 11th place in a very short time. On this episode, we will talk with their coach, Hunter Sales, and three members of the fishing team about this great stretch for them. Tune in to hear it all!

Nov 2019

22 min

The 2019 edition of the AFTCO Collegiate Bass Open was a challenging and highly competitive event. 350 anglers from all throughout the country made their way to Lake Dardanelle and Russellville, AR for the two day tournament. When the scales closed on Sunday, Garrett Warren and John Owens from Snead State Community College stood alone at the front of the pack. The pair weighed in a total of 27.15 pounds over the course of two days. On today’s episode, we talk with both anglers to get their take on the recent victory. Tune in for the latest from the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series.

Nov 2019

20 min

We are just days away from kicking off the 2019 AFTCO Collegiate Bass Open on Lake Dardanelle. Hundreds of college anglers from across the country will be in Russellville, AR competing in this two-day event. Today's guests are Rudy Worley and John David Nowlin from Blue Mountain College. They won this event in 2018 with just over 27 lbs. On this episode we will also provide an update to the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia. Tune in for another great episode!

Oct 2019

17 min

It’s time for another new episode of the Rapala #WeAreCollegiateBass Podcast! On this show we highlight the second place team in the rankings for Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia. Following a solid showing at the first ACA event of the year, McKendree University continues to hold steady in the number two spot. The defending School of the Year champions are backing up their title run with a great start to the 2019-2020 season. Four members of the team will join us today to talk about the Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley, as well as take a look ahead to the AFTCO Collegiate Bass Open.

Oct 2019

18 min

On this episode of the Rapala #WeAreCollegiateBass Podcast, we will be talking with Hunter Schneider from Adrian College. Hunter took home Overall Big Bass honors at the first ACA event of the season with 5.16 pounds. Tune in to hear him talk about that fish catch, and all of the great prizes he took home. At the start of this episode we will also introduce the top 10 in the most recent update to the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia. And at the end of this episode, listen to win a Rapala prize package giveaway!

Oct 2019

25 min

The School of the Year standings are set as we enter our first event of the season at Kentucky Lake. Adrian College holds a firm grip on that first place spot. For today's show we will be talking with anglers from the leading school. They are also preparing to compete in the Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley this weekend. Hear what they have to say about that event and the School of the Year Race.

Oct 2019

20 min

On this episode of the Rapala #WeAreCollegiateBass Podcast we talk to Fletcher Nutt and Dustin Reid from Arkansas Tech University. They won a recent FLW College Fishing event on the Arkansas River. The event took out of Little Rock, and anglers took to the Arkansas River to see who could catch the five best bass. Nutt and Reid weighed in five fish for 15 pounds 2 ounces. That total bested second place by roughly two and a half pounds. While we have these two Arkansas Tech University anglers on the phone, we take a minute to talk with them about the upcoming AFTCO Collegiate Bass Open. The event will be held on Lake Dardanelle from October 26-27, 2019. ATU is located in Russellville, AR which is near the host site at Lake Dardanelle. Tune in to hear what these anglers have to say on the latest episode!

Sep 2019

15 min

In this podcast, we provide the latest update to the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia. This update features a lot of movement throughout, as 21 of the 25 teams are in a new position since the previous update. The guests for today's show are Gaige Blanton and Will Andrie. They competed in the 2019 ACA Championship for Kansas State University. Tune in to hear them talk about their summer, and the fall season thus far!

Sep 2019

25 min

Believe it or not, the Big Bass Bash at Kentucky Lake is less than three weeks away. That means it is time for everyone to start forming a gameplan for the event. Rapala Pro Staff member Terry Bolton is here to help provide some insight into how the lake is setting up. Bolton has tons of experience on the lake, and has had a lot of success in professional level events there. Be sure to get a pen and paper ready, and take in all of the information he has to share in this episode.

Sep 2019

20 min

With school back in session, several school run events and smaller tournaments are beginning to take place. Over the weekend, the Arkansas Collegiate Series hosted their first event on Greers Ferry. Chandler Holcomb and Conner Lunsford from the University of Arkansas took home the win. They will join us on this episode to talk about that victory. After that, we talk with Cody Huff from Bethel University. Cody just punched his ticket to compete in the 2020 Bassmaster Classic. Hear about how he earned that opportunity and what he's most looking forward to.

Sep 2019

30 min

This upload will be a two-part episode featuring multiple guests. First up, we will talk to Carlton Gerrell. Gerrell is the mayor of Paris, TN. Paris is the host site for the upcoming Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley on Kentucky Lake. We will talk with him about the town, things to do, and places to stay over that weekend. In the second portion of this episode, we will catch up with Dakota Ebare. He competed in numerous ACA events, and wrapped up a top 5 finish at the FLW Cup earlier this month. Hear what he has to say about sponsorships, learning experiences, and college fishing in general.

Aug 2019

31 min

This past Monday, Major League Fishing held the inaugural College Faceoff at Redcrest. The event took place in Wisconsin with dozens of college anglers traveling from near and far to participate. Any fish weighing in at one pound or heavier counted, and the school with the highest combined weight from their top two teams would be crowned the victor. Auburn University from the state of Alabama emerged as victors once the weights were totaled. On today's show, we will talk with the six team members that contributed to this victory. Tune in to hear what they have to say!

Aug 2019

19 min

On today's episode we talk with Rapala Pro Staff member Patrick Walters. Patrick is a rookie on the Bassmaster Elite Series and is currently in the top 10 for the AOY standings. As is evident in his AOY standing, Patrick is having a great first year on tour. During our discussion we will talk about the 2019 season, the current tour stop in New York, as well as learn about his beginnings in the sport. Patrick got his start as a young angler at the University of South Carolina. He has a lot of great insight into how to get your start as a young angler, and set yourself up for a successful career. Tune in to hear everything he has to say!

Aug 2019

24 min

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