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Collegiate Anglers Can Save Big and Win Big 2-8-2013

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Collegiate Anglers Save Big and Win Big

2013 Weigh to Win winners

San Antonio, Texas (February 8, 2013) -Thanks to numerous partnerships, collegiate anglers competing in the Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series have some serious opportunities awaiting them in 2013. From bonus cash and special “collegiate” pricing, to once in a lifetime experiences, opportunities are there for the taking, courtesy of the Association of Collegiate Anglers and their partners.

 According to Danny Blandford, Program Director for the ACA, “We’re very proud of the programs we have created for collegiate anglers everywhere.  We currently offer eighteen different incentives that anglers can capitalize on, which is up from last year, and still growing as we head into event season.  I know several anglers took advantage of these programs last year, some of which ended up with once in a lifetime experiences thanks to our partners and sponsors.”

 Check out the ACA Discounts & Incentives

 The Ranger Cup University program is a perfect example.  At no cost to the students, their program culminated in a one day shootout between Georgia Southern and Virginia Tech on Texas’ famed Lake Amistad in a made for TV event.  Virginia Tech walked away the ultimate winners with cash, bragging rights, and a fishing trip they’ll never forget.

  Wyatt Blevins of Virginia Tech, who competed in this, his final collegiate fishing event, said it best. “The whole experience was incredible.  We were flown in, fished out of brand new Ranger boats and treated like pros the entire time.  The fact we went out and caught a ton of fish on television was just a bonus – this was really a once in a lifetime deal.”  2012 Recap / 2013 Program

 On the topic of “once in a lifetime”, Ranger isn’t the only ACA partner to offer such a program.  For example, if the winning team of the 2013 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship has both members registered as current TBF members prior to the Championship, that team will move on to the TBF Federation National Championship as a boater and a non-boater, which is only the beginning.  The TBF Federation National Championship is a NO ENTRY FEE tournament, with a payout of nearly a quarter of a million dollars in cash and prizes, including the Living the Dream prize package.  That package alone could change an angler’s life, with an essentially  no cost opportunity to compete on the FLW Tour for the season with a fully rigged Ranger Boat, truck, and paid entry fees and travel stipends.

 The winning boater and non-boater from this event also earn an automatic berth into the Forrest Wood Cup, another NO ENTRY FEE event, and the pinnacle of bass fishing, with a payout of over two million dollars.  Last but certainly not least, winning the Federation National Championship also secures an automatic berth into the Walmart Bass Fishing League All American Tournament and another shot at a one million dollar purse, again at no cost to the angler.  More Details

 University of Central Florida anglers Miles Burghoff and Casey O’Donnell had the opportunity to experience the TBF Federation National Championship in 2012.  According to O’Donnell, “”My fishing didn’t turn out as well as I had hoped, but talk about an awesome event…wow.  We had the opportunity to meet some of the best anglers from every state and the camaraderie was amazing.  Miles and I were treated like kings, and I can’t thank The Bass Federation enough for everything that they did for the anglers.  This opportunity and event is something I’ll look back on and cherish for the rest of my life.”

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 The 2012 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship team of Ben Dziwulski and Ethan Cox are next in line, and they’ll be competing in the TBF Federation National Championship in 2013, courtesy of the TBF and the ACA.

 Speaking of the UCF team of Burghoff and O’Donnell, Miles also received his share of benefits from ACA partnerships during collegiate competitions.  His membership in the BoatUS Weigh-to-Win program certainly paid dividends.

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 ”I’ll be honest with you; a year ago, I didn’t pay much attention to tournament bonus programs. I just wanted to win!” admitted Burghoff. “But then I realized how much money I had been missing out on, and signed up.  Since then I’ve won $2,000 through Weigh-to-Win,” said Burghoff who just completed his college degree at The University of Central Florida.  More Details

 Prizes and bonuses aren’t just for the “lucky” ones that come out on top at Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series events; in many cases they also paid out to the highest finishers.  Kenneth Anderson, of the University of Arkansas proved that at the start of the 2012 season.

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Kenneth and the Razorbacks were sporting the ACA logo on their jerseys, which was good for a $250 “highest finisher” bonus.  They also took the time to register for Cabela’s Angler Cash, which was good for another $250 highest finisher bonus.  Kenneth also weighed the largest bass of the day while wearing Costa sunglasses, landing an additional $500.  To add a little icing to the cake, he was flipping up his fish with Lazer Trokar hooks, from a boat featuring the Lazer Trokar decal, so he picked up an additional $500 worth of Trokar product and merchandise.  He also has a new Razorback hoodie heading his way, courtesy of Gemini, since the team picked Gemini as their shirt provider.  Collectively over $1,500 worth of cash and merchandise went to Kenneth’s mailbox, all because he supported those that support collegiate bass fishing…that is better than first place money…for a fifth place fish.

 As Kenneth put it, “It feels rewarding to win money and prizes from the ACA sponsors. Without them, these tournaments would not be what they are today. I hope more college anglers will now realize how important it is to promote sponsors.  Just take a look at what it did for me at the Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash.”  He went on to add, “These awards mean a lot to a college angler like me. Not having a whole lot of money to spend on tackle and equipment while at school, this really helps out a lot. I feel lucky to be given all this money and prizes, being that I got fifth place overall.  Several of these prizes would have been twice as large had I been able to actually win the event.  This just shows how important it is to participate in the contingency programs.”

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 Looking ahead to 2013 events and programs, Blandford concluded with, “2012 was a great year for our anglers and I look for 2013 to be even bigger and better.  Our existing partners are supporting the programs again, and in many instances they are even larger.  Ranger Cup University is offering larger guaranteed cash payouts; Yamaha has also increased their payouts and guaranteed money by adding a highest finisher bonus, Trokar has doubled down on their payouts, raising them to $1,000 per event, and Freedom Tackle Corp has added a $500 Big Bass Bounty.  On top of all that, anglers can now do research for free thanks to Bass Gold, save big on Big Bite Baits, Sunline, Rod Sox and Bass Mafia products, and even raise funds for their club with our new fundraising program courtesy of Boomerang Tools.  I have to say, there has never been a better time to be a collegiate angler!”

 Check out the ACA Discounts & Incentives

 2013 Bonus & Contingency Programs:

 Association of Collegiate Anglers - Anglers displaying the Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Series logo on their jersey are eligible to receive $1,000 for 1st place (or $500 for highest finishing eligible team) in the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship. Anglers may also win $500 for 1st place (or $250 for highest finishing team/angler) in the Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash and the Collegiate Bass Fishing Open.

  Cabela’s Angler Cash - Anglers who register online for Cabela’s Angler Cash, display the Cabela’s Angler Cash logo on upper right portion of jersey, and feature a windshield decal on driver’s side of boat are eligible for a $1,000 Cabela’s Gift Card for the highest finishing eligible team. In the Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash and the Collegiate Bass Fishing Open, a $250 Cabela’s Gift Card will be paid out to the highest finishing eligible team/angler. Winners can claim an additional $500 bonus if they purchased his/her boat from a Cabela’s retail location.

 For complete program details, click here.

 BoatUS ANGLER Weigh-To-Win  - Anglers who sign up for a BoatUS ANGLER Membership and purchase one or both of the following towing services – Unlimited On-The-Road Towing (Trailer Assist™) or Unlimited On-The-Water Towing and then complete the official Weigh-To-Win registration process are eligible to receive a $1,000 for highest finishing eligible team in the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship. Students competing in the Collegiate Bass Fishing Open are also eligible for $250 bonus for the highest finishing eligible team.

 For complete program details,  click here.

  The Bass Federation – First and foremost, if the winning team of the 2013 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship has both members registered as current TBF members prior to the Championship, that team will move on to the TBF Federation National Championship as a boater and a non-boater, which is only the beginning.  The TBF Federation National Championship is a NO ENTRY FEE tournament, with a payout of nearly a quarter of a million dollars in cash and prizes, including the Living the Dream prize package.  That package alone could change an angler’s life, with an essentially  no cost opportunity to compete on the FLW Tour for the season with a fully rigged Ranger Boat, Chevy Truck, and paid entry fees and travel stipends.  The winning boater and non-boater from this event also earn an automatic berth into the Forrest Wood Cup, another NO ENTRY FEE event, and the pinnacle of bass fishing, with a payout of over two million dollars.  Last but certainly not least, winning the Federation National Championship also secures an automatic berth into the Walmart Bass Fishing League All American Tournament and another shot at a one million dollar purse, again at no cost to the angler.  More info…

 Ranger Cup University - Register with the Ranger Cup University program by clicking here and adhere to their simple clothing and logo requirements. You can qualify regardless of which brand of boat owned. There are also additional bonuses available through Ranger’s jersey provider.

 A $2,000 cash prize will be awarded to any qualified team/angler that wins either major Championship below.  In the case that the winning team/angler is not Ranger Cup University qualified, the program still guarantees $1,000 cash to the highest finishing qualified team/angler fishing either Championship event:

 BoatUS Collegiate Championship (May 23-25) – Pickwick Lake

FLW College National Championship (April 19-21) – Beaver Lake

 In addition to the overall cash prize at the Championship level, the highest-finishing Ranger Cup University qualified team/angler will also receive automatic entry into the Ranger Cup University Challenge, taking place August 7-8 on legendary Lake Fork, Texas.  The event, which will be filmed for an episode of Americana Outdoors on NBC Sports, will pit the highest finishing qualified team from each Championship event against one another in an expense paid tournament on one of the best big-bass lakes in the country.

 The highest finishing qualified team at the Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash and the Collegiate Bass Fishing Open will receive a $250 cash bonus.

 Yamaha – New for 2013!  A $500 Yamaha Bonus will be paid to the highest finishing team in each Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series event, with both team members displaying the red Yamaha logo on the front of their jerseys, and no other competitive motor logos.  If those same anglers win the event AND have a Yamaha-powered boat, they will win an additional $500, for a total of $1,000.

 Pure Fishing – Any student using an Abu Garcia Revo reel in the Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash, the Collegiate Bass Fishing Open, or BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship, and catching the Daily Big Bass on that reel, will win two Revo STX Reels. If that same winner is also using a “V” Series Rod (Vengeance, Vendetta, Veritas, Verdict, and Villain) they will also win two Veritas Rods to go with their new reels.

 Anglers who wear the Official BoatUS/Berkley/Cabela’s hat provided at the event, or display the Berkley logo on their jersey, and include a provided Berkley decal on the windshield of boat throughout the event are eligible to win tackle prizes valued at $500 for 1st, $250 for 2nd, and $100 for 3rd place finishes in both the Championship and Open.

 Costa – Anglers wearing Costa sunglasses throughout the event are eligible for a Championship Big Bass Bonus of $500, which will be paid out to the highest finishing eligible team. That same $500 bonus for the Biggest Bass caught in the Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash and the Collegiate Bass Fishing Open caught by an eligible team/angler applies.

 In addition, if at least one team member also wears a Costa hat or displays a Costa logo on upper front part of their jersey, they can pick up a $500 bonus if they win the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship or the Collegiate Bass Fishing Open.

 For more information about Costa Collegiate Incentive Programs, please email Costa Marketing here.

 Lazer TroKar – Anglers fishing with Lazer TroKar hooks throughout the event(s) and either displaying the TroKar windshield decal on driver’s side of the boat, or featuring the TroKar logo on the jersey will win $1,000 in Lazer TroKar product, clothing, & accessories as the highest finishing eligible team. The bonus applies to the Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash, the Collegiate Bass Fishing Open, and the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship.

 In addition, receive a special 40% collegiate discount on all TroKar products online at www.lazertrokar.com, where you’ll receive your purchasing opportunity. Take the quiz, become part of Team TroKar and get WICKED promotions, tips, and access to the pros!  Email Danny@Carecotv.com to receive the special discount code.

 Big Bite Baits – As a participant in a Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series event, including the Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash, the Collegiate Bass Fishing Open, or the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship, students are eligible to receive a 40% discount off Big Bite Baits’ products when ordering from their website.

 Email Danny@carecotv.com to receive the special discount code.

 Gemini Custom Apparel  - Students can take advantage of special collegiate pricing, courtesy of Gemini.  Save 20% on individual jersey orders and teams can save 30% on team orders.  Licensing fees, artwork, and set-up fees have been waived for collegiate anglers.

 To get started,  click here

Freedom Tackle – Catch the Big Bass of any Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series event on a Freedom Tackle jig or jighead and earn the $500 Freedom Tackle Big Bass Bounty.

 Sunline – Participate in a Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series event, including the Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash, the Collegiate Bass Fishing Open, or the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship, and receive up to a 40% discount off Sunline products with a special collegiate order form.

 Email Danny@carecotv.com to receive the order form and further instructions.

 Bass Mafia – Be a registered collegiate angler with the ACA, B.A.S.S., or FLW and receive a deep “Family Discount” on the world’s toughest tackle box, the Bait Coffin
Email Danny@carecotv.com to receive the special discount code.
 Rod Sox - Participate in a Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series event, including the Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash, the Collegiate Bass Fishing Open, or the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship, and receive up to a 40% discount off Rod Sox orders of $10.00 or more, as well as Free Shipping on orders of $100.00 or more with a special collegiate discount code.

 Email Danny@carecotv.com  to receive the special discount code.

Bass Gold - Be a registered collegiate angler with ACA, B.A.S.S., or FLW and earn no-charge collegiate access to the BassGold program.

Email Danny@carecotv.com to receive the special discount code.

Boomerang Tool Company – Be a registered collegiate angler with ACA, B.A.S.S., or FLW and earn a 10% discount off any and all Boomerang Tools with a special collegiate promo code. Boomerang also offers a club-specific fundraising opportunity to collegiate clubs of any size.  For more details, click here

Email Danny@carecotv.com to receive the special discount code.
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About the ACA

The Association of Collegiate Anglers, a division of CarecoTV and The Bass Federation, is a sanctioning body developed to facilitate growth, development, and structure within competitive collegiate bass fishing.  The ACA provides support to dozens of regional events nationwide and owns the Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, the largest collegiate tournament circuit in the country.  With dedicated programming on NBC Sports Outdoors, three nationally televised collegiate bass fishing events, and thousands of members, the ACA is the leader in competitive collegiate bass fishing.  For more information on the ACA, or the Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, visit www.CollegiateBassChampionship.com.  For more information on CarecoTV, visit www.carecotv.com.  For more information on The Bass Federation, visit www.bassfederation.com

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