San Antonio, TX -- New for 2020, Garmin is awarding cash prizes to the highest-placing Garmin user at qualifying events through the Garmin Tournament Rewards program. The Texas Lunker Challenge presented by Mossy Oak Fishing was the first event on the 2020 Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series to award this premier tournament contingency. Luke Byerly from the University of Tennessee earned $500 through Garmin Tournament Rewards by finishing in second place with 7.03 pounds.
“We were able to go down the bank and just creep along with that Garmin LiveScope. We were able to see those fish suspended and sitting in the grass, and we’d just go kind of back off the area and flick in and just fish a wacky rig real slow. That’s how we got all of our bites this week,” said Byerly.
Byerly and his fellow teammate from the University of Tennessee relied on Garmin Panoptix LiveScope to catch all of their fish this week. A Best in Show winner for the New Product Showcase at ICAST 2018, LiveScope provides a real-time image either in front of, or below an angler’s boat. Some have even gone as far as relating it to video game fishing. Simply drop your bait down, watch the fish react, and set the hook. Though Byerly did not get to see one commit to his bait this week, he was very impressed with the capabilities of Panoptix LiveScope. “I never got to see one come and eat it, but we’d all release them at the trolling motor and watch them swim back,” Byerly added.
Tournament rewards and contingency programs provide an added incentive for competitive anglers. Not only do you head home with the prizes and payouts from your finishing spot in said tournament, you also have the opportunity to rack up thousands of dollars in contingencies. Luke earned $500 by finishing second place and running Garmin electronics. That money will serve the young college angler well as he makes the trip home and looks to gear up for future tournaments. Garmin Tournament Rewards will be awarded at all ACA ran events for the 2020 season. To find out more about the Garmin Tournament Rewards program, follow this link.
For more information about the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, please visit www.CollegiateBassChampionship.com.
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The Association of Collegiate Anglers (ACA), a division of CarecoTV, is a tournament organization created to facilitate growth, development, and structure within competitive collegiate bass fishing. The ACA created the original BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Series,15 seasons ago, which has evolved into the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series and is now the longest running collegiate bass fishing series in existence. The ACA lineup of major college fishing events includes a variety of events nationwide that are multi-day events all of which are televised as well as covered on several digital platforms. The ACA also provides support to dozens of schools operating regional events nationwide and owns the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, Bass Pro Shops School of Year presented by Abu Garcia Program, and associated assets. The ACA also provides the largest amount of televised coverage of any collegiate fishing series with dedicated programming on several television networks ranging from Discovery Channel, CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Pursuit Channel, World Fishing Network, as well as other regional and national networks. For more information on the ACA or the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, visit www.CollegiateBassChampionship.com. For more information on Bass Pro Shops, visit www.BassProShops.com. For more information on CarecoTV, visit www.CarecoTV.com.