Abu Garcia College Fishing - Major League Fishing

Abu Garcia College Fishing Info

Additional Information

  • Both members of the winning team and the runner-up at the 2021 Abu Garcia College Fishing Presented by YETI National Championship Presented by Lowrance advance to the 2021 Toyota Series Championship to compete as pros for a shot at winning as much as $235,000, including a $35,000 MLF Phoenix Bonus.
  • Both members of the third-place team at the 2021 National Championship advance to the 2021 Toyota Series Championship as co-anglers for a shot at winning a $33,500 Phoenix 518 Pro with a 115 HP Mercury.
  • School of the Year titles in each conference and overall. 
  • Live weigh-in coverage at every tournament.
  • National television coverage of the National Championship on the Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel and World Fishing Network. 
  • Qualify for the MLF College Faceoffs Presented by Wiley X held in conjunction with select Abu Garcia College Fishing tournaments and compete using the catch-weigh-immediate release format.
  • Earn priority entry into the Toyota Series. 
  • Win lucrative contingency bonuses from Abu Garcia College Fishing sponsors.
  • Enter online or by calling 270-252-1000. The entry fee is $75 per team, per tournament for teams entering prior to onsite check-in. The onsite entry fee is $100 per team.

2021 Schedule

Abu Garcia College Fishing Open Schedule

Abu Garcia College Fishing OpenMar 30-31 Chickamauga: Dayton Boat Dock | Dayton, TN
No guides or purchasing information after Mar 19, 2021
Hosted by Fish Dayton – Rhea Economic & Tourism Council
Central ConferenceMar 26   Table Rock: Table Rock State Park Marina | Branson, MO
No guides or purchasing information after Mar 15, 2021
Jul 30 MS River-La Crosse: W. Copeland & Clinton | La Crosse, WI
No guides or purchasing information after Jul 19, 2021
Oct 15 Lake of the Ozarks: Public Beach #2 | Osage Beach, MO
No guides or purchasing information after Oct 4, 2021
Northern ConferenceApr 30Smith Mountain Lake: Parkway Marina | Huddleston, VA
No guides or purchasing information after Apr 19, 2021
Jun 4Potomac River: Smallwood State Park | Marbury, MD
No guides or purchasing information after May 24, 2021
Aug 20Detroit River: Elizabeth Park Marina | Trenton, MI
No guides or purchasing information after Aug 9, 2021
Southeastern ConferenceFeb 12Harris Chain: Venetian Gardens - Ski Beach | Leesburg, FL
No guides or purchasing information after Feb 1, 2021
Apr 23Lake Guntersville: Lake Guntersville State Park | Guntersville, AL
No guides or purchasing information after Apr 12, 2021
Oct 22Lake Chickamauga: Dayton Boat Dock | Dayton, TN
No guides or purchasing information after Oct 11, 2021
Southern ConferenceApr 16Lake Somerville: Lake Somerville Marina | Brenham, TX
No guides or purchasing information after Apr 5, 2021
Jun 11Lake of the Pines: Lakeside Park | Jefferson, TX
No guides or purchasing information after May 31, 2021
Oct 1Lake Dardanelle: Lake Dardanelle State Park | Russellville, AR
No guides or purchasing information after Sep 20, 2021
Western ConferenceJan 30Shasta: Bridge Bay Resort | Redding, CA
No guides or purchasing information after Jan 19, 2021
May 15California Delta: Big Break Marina | Oakley, CA
No guides or purchasing information after May 4, 2021
Sept 25Clear Lake: Redbud Park | Clearlake, CA
No guides or purchasing information after Sep 14, 2021
National ChampionshipMar 3-5Grand Lake: Wolf Creek Park | Grove, OK
No guides or purchasing information after Feb 15, 2021
Off-limits: Feb. 16-28, 2021 | Practice: Mar 1-2, 2021

Hosted by Grove Convention and Tourism Bureau & City of Grove

Payouts

Abu Garcia College Fishing Open

Open to teams from all conferences.

Place Club
1$33,500 Phoenix 518 Pro with 115 HP Mercury

Top 20 teams advance to the 2022 National Championship. One additional team advances for every 10 teams over 200 competing.

Qualifiers

Open to teams from all conferences. Non-conference teams do not earn School of the Year points.

PlaceClub
1$2,000
2$1,000
3$500
4$500
5$500

Top 10 teams advance to the 2022 National Championship. One additional team advances for every 10 teams over 100 competing. 

A tournament must have at least 25 boats for cash awards to be active.

2021 Abu Garcia College Fishing Presented by YETI National Championship Presented by Lowrance – No Entry Fee

Top 10 teams from each 2020 Qualifier and the top 20 teams from the 2020 Abu Garcia College Fishing Open. One extra spot is awarded for every 10 boats over 100 in qualifiers and 200 in the Open.                

Place Club + Anglers
1$33,500 Phoenix 518 Pro with 115 HP Mercury + 2021 Toyota Series Championship as pros 
2$5,000 + 2021 Toyota Series Championship as pros
3$4,000 + 2021 Toyota Series Championship as co-anglers 
4$3,000
5$2,000

Contact

For question about tournament registration or membership, please contact:

MLF Customer Service

270-252-1000 or [email protected]

Office Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. CT. E-mails will be answered during normal business hours.

For questions about College Fishing tournaments, please contact:

Kevin Hunt

270-205-5155 or [email protected]

Contingency Programs

MERCURY BONUS BUCKS:

The Mercury Bonus Bucks contingency bonus goes to the winning angler in each qualifying event if he or she is the original registered owner/first purchaser of a 2019 or newer 115-250 HP Mercury outboard. (Mercury National Team pro team members are excluded, as National Team contractual incentives will apply.)

  • Angler must be the original registered owner/first purchaser of a 2019 or newer Mercury outboard, 115 through 250 HP only. Mercury Racing and Mercruiser engines are excluded regardless of horsepower rating.
  • Angler must have the outboard registered with Mercury prior to competing. The Mercury Warranty registration phone number is 920.929.5054.
  • Angler must use the outboard all days of competition during the tournament.
  • Mercury has final say on approvals for all contingency payouts and reserves the right to change or discontinue this program at any time without notice.

It is the responsibility of anglers to make sure the engine is registered in their name with Mercury prior to competing. Non-registered engines will not be eligible. Note: For engines purchased from Mercury pro staff, please call the warranty line to confirm registration eligibility.

Awards:

Qualifiers and Open - $1,000

National Championship - $2,000

TOYOTA BONUS BUCKS:

The Toyota Bonus Bucks program is totally free and is available to college students who own or lease a Toyota Tundra, Tacoma, Sequoia or 4Runner. Vehicle may be registered in parent(s) or legal guardian’s name. When you win, your college club also wins a matching contingency award. For more information and to register for Toyota Bonus Bucks, please visit toyotatrucksbonusbucks.com.

Awards:

Qualifiers:                    

Highest placing eligible entrant - $150

Championship:             

Highest placing eligible entrant - $500

2nd highest placing eligible entrant - $250

T-H MARINE ATLAS AWARDS:

T-H Marine awards cash prizes to Atlas Awards members who are the winners or highest qualifying finisher of sanctioned events, giving everyone the opportunity to win like top-level pros. The Atlas Awards program is just $29.99 for a one-year (Jan. 1, 2021– Dec. 31, 2021) membership and gives all anglers the chance to compete for, and win, extra money just for having T-H Marine parts on their boat. This also includes one T-H Marine hat and two logo decals. Logo must be visible on boat and jersey worn on stage. Jersey logo can be replaced with Atlas cap. 

Awards:

Total possible winnings: $1,180 or $2,800 store credit. Each credit is worth $20 cash or $50 in store credit to be used at thmarinesupplies.com

1. Conservation Culling System – 1 Credit

2. G-Force Trolling Motor Handle - 1 Credit

3. Two-Way Alarm - 2 Credits

4. Troll Perfect - 1 Credit

4. Wave Tamer - 2 Credits

5. HotFoot - 2 Credits

6. Loc-R-Bar - 2 Credits

7. Troll Tamer - 2 Credits

8. Oxygenator - 2 Credits

9. Eliminator - 1 Credit

10. YoloTek - 2 Credits

11. KVD Kong Mini - 2 Credits

12. KVD Kong Mount - 3 Credits

13. Hydrowave H2 - 5 Credits

14. Grass Goat- 1 Credit

15. Atlas Series Hydraulic Jack Plates - 10 Credits

GRAND SLAM BONUS - 20 CREDITS

MUST HAVE 35 OR MORE CREDITS TO QUALIFY FOR GRAND SLAM BONUS

Highest-Finisher Awards:

If an Atlas Awards member does not win the event, T-H Marine will pay $100 to the highest-finishing Atlas Awards member inside the top 10 percent or $50 to the highest finisher inside the top 20 percent. To receive the highest-finisher award, Atlas Awards member must own Atlas Hydraulic Jack plate and fill out claim form. All Atlas Awards claims must be submitted within 30 days of tournament win. Claims must be made through the online claims form.

POWER-POLE CAPTAINS CASH:

Power-Pole awards a $500 Captains Cash Bonus to the winner of each Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI tournament if he or she meets Captains Cash Rewards Club contingency requirements.

Requirements:

  • Captains Cash Rewards Club is open to all tournament anglers fishing any Captains Cash sanctioned event.
  • Annual membership is $24.95. Membership is valid from October through December of the following year. Purchase a Club Membership
  • Registration must be completed prior to any sanctioned tournament to be eligible for contingency payments.
  • Eligible contingency payment participants are registered Power-Pole owners who are registered members of the Captains Cash Club.
  • Registered Power-Pole owners placing first place overall only in a sanctioned event are eligible for contingency payments.
  • Power-Pole Pro Staff are required to purchase Captains Cash membership in order to qualify for Captains Cash Rewards payments.
  • Only one possible payout per tournament. A maximum of one angler per tournament will be rewarded.
  • Sanctioned tournaments must have a minimum of 20 boats registered to qualify for Captains Cash Rewards payments.
  • Winners must be verified through the sanctioned tournament via website, newsletter or other official organization communication and obtain tournament director’s signature on claim form.
  • Completed Power-Pole Captains Cash claim form must be submitted within 30 days of the tournament win and can be obtained here.
  • JL Marine Systems employees and members of their immediate family are not eligible to participate.
  • Approval of claims and payments is at sole discretion of JL Marine Systems, Inc.
  • Payment claimants must have Power-Pole registered with JL Marine Systems (manufacturer).
  • Power-Pole Captains Cash decals must be displayed on participants’ boat or Power-Pole anchor.
  • Approval of claims and payments is at the sole discretion of JL Marine Systems, Inc.
  • Payment claimants must have their Power-Pole anchor(s) registered with JL Marine Systems, Inc.
  • Power-Pole Captains Cash decals must be displayed on participant's boat or Power-Pole anchor.
  • Power-Pole Captains Cash 4" logo must be displayed on the upper-left shoulder of the participant's shirt. Captains Cash logo must be worn from take-off through weigh-in during all days of sanctioned tournaments. Logo is available in various formats. Download logos
  • JL Marine reserves the right to change, modify, enhance, or terminate the Captains Cash Rewards program at any time. Refer to power-pole.com for current rules. Rules posted at power-pole.com supersede any previously printed rules.
  • It is the participant's responsibility to know the rules of the Captains Cash Rewards program and must submit proof that all requirements have been met upon request.
  • Power-Pole Captains Cash Rewards recipients will be responsible for paying any and all local, state, federal or other taxes on contingency earnings.

WILEY X MLF REWARDS:

Wiley X awards a pair of Wiley X sunglasses to each member of the highest-finishing team that meets Wiley X MLF Rewards contingency requirements in each Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI tournament. Requirements: The Wiley X logo must be visible on the front of your jersey or Wiley X branded clothing, hat and/or visor. Wiley X branded sunglasses must be worn on stage (on your face, around your neck or on your hat). The Wiley X logo must be displayed on your tow vehicle and/or boat. You must verify participation in the Wiley X MLF Rewards program at registration for each tournament by showing MLF staff the Wiley X logo on your jersey, Wiley X branded clothing, hat and/or visor.

EPIC REWARDS:

Epic Baits awards two $50 tackle packs ($100 total) to the winning team in each Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI qualifier, including the open, and two $100 tackle packs ($200 total) to the winning team at the National Championship if they meet Epic Baits contingency requirements.

Requirements: The Epic Baits logo must be visible on the front each angler’s jersey, hat and/or visor. The Epic Baits logo must also be displayed on the team’s tow vehicle and boat. The team must verify participation in the Epic Baits Rewards program at registration for each tournament by showing MLF staff the Epic Baits logo on both anglers’ jerseys, hats and/or visors. The team must also provide a photo of the logo on their tow vehicle and boat. It is the responsibility of each team to let MLF staff know they are participating in the Epic Baits Rewards program prior to the start of competition.

TACKLE WAREHOUSE SCHOOL OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY QUIKTRIP

Three hundred points are awarded to the winning conference team in each tournament, 299 to 2nd, 298 to 3rd, etc. Each school receives the total points earned by their top two conference teams in each tournament. School of the Year is awarded to the school with the highest point total in each conference after three qualifying events are complete in the conference. The overall Tackle Warehouse School of the Year Presented by QuikTrip award goes to the school with the highest point total from any conference at the end of the season. The winning school receives $10,000 from QuikTrip to help offset tuition for the students who contributed to the Tackle Warehouse School of the Year win. In order to be considered for overall School of the Year, the conference must average at least 50 boats per tournament. Schools receive bonus points for competing in the Open. Bonus points only count toward the overall Tackle Warehouse School of the Year Presented by QuikTrip award, not conference School of the Year awards.