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The tournament will host the Top 4 finishing teams from the 2018 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops, which will be held on Lake Tenkiller just a few weeks prior on July 19-21.
The bracket-style, catch-and-release competition will feature all eight anglers competing in the first round. From there, the field will be cut to the Top 4 on Day 2. And finally, the remaining two anglers will compete head-to-head for a berth in the 2019 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods.
Bassmaster Elite Series pro Jordan Lee of Grant, Ala., represented the College Series in the 2014 GEICO Bassmaster Classic. Now, just three years later, he is the reigning GEICO Bassmaster Classic champion — a title most anglers only dream of winning.
“College fishing was by far the greatest step for me and the best four years I could ever hope for,” said Lee. “I learned a lot about the sport, and that is really paying off now. College fishing makes you step outside your home lake and challenges you to find bass on different lakes. To win the Classic a few years after graduating college shows the younger generation that it can happen — just have to put in your time, take the right steps and have fun!”
New this year, the final two days of the event will be aired on Bassmaster LIVE presented by Mossy Oak Fishing and Covercraft. Fans can visit Bassmaster.com to watch on-the-water action in real-time as it occurs throughout the competition.
“It was only a matter of time before Bassmaster LIVE would make its way into the College Series events,” said Mike McKinnis, vice president of media content for JM Associates and producer of The Bassmasters TV show on ESPN2.
“With quality anglers like Jordan Lee coming through the ranks every year, we need to see more of how they’re doing it — and what better way to do that than through Bassmaster LIVE.”
The local host for the event will be Junction City, Kan., and Geary County, Kan.
“Junction City and Geary County, Kansas, are very honored to have been selected as the host of the 2018 Bassmaster Carhartt College Series Classic Bracket,” said Michele Stimatze, Junction City/Geary County Convention and Visitors Bureau Director.
“This will be an exciting time for Milford Lake, the largest lake in Kansas, and for our citizens and visitors. Having worked with B.A.S.S. in the past, we know this event will attract visitors from across the nation and put the spotlight on Kansas bass fishing. Our team is already working to make it a great event, and we look forward to making everyone feel welcome.”
For more information on the tournament, visit Bassmaster.com.
2018 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Title Sponsor: Carhartt
2018 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Presenting Sponsor: Bass Pro Shops
2018 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Platinum Sponsor: Toyota
2018 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Premier Sponsors: Huk, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Power-Pole, Skeeter Boats, Triton Boats, Yamaha, ABU Garcia, Berkley
2018 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Supporting Sponsors: Mossy Oak Fishing, Phoenix Boats, Livingston Lures, Lowrance
B.A.S.S. is the worldwide authority on bass fishing and keeper of the culture of the sport, providing cutting edge content on bass fishing whenever, wherever and however bass fishing fans want to use it. Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., the 500,000-member organization’s fully integrated media platforms include the industry’s leading magazines (Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times), website (Bassmaster.com), television show (The Bassmasters on ESPN2), radio show (Bassmaster Radio), social media programs and events. For 50 years, B.A.S.S. has been dedicated to access, conservation and youth fishing.
The Bassmaster Tournament Trail includes the most prestigious events at each level of competition, including the Bassmaster Elite Series, Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open Series, Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation presented by Magellan Outdoors, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops, Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods, Bassmaster Team Championship and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods.
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