Bass University still seeking students

Published 3:21 pm Saturday, January 16, 2016

By Chester Moore, Jr.

Bass University is coming to Orange next weekend (Jan. 23-24) and according to its spokesman Mike Iaconelli, there is still room for students.

“Response has been good but we still have room for students interested in coming out,” he said.

Some of the nation’s top pros will share their angling secrets in a private room at Lamar State College Orange for paying attendees.

As we reported two weeks ago, Saturday’s lineup will be Davy Hite, Todd Faircloth and Pete Gluszek. Sunday will feature Mike Iaconelli, John Crews and Cliff Crochet.

Classes are 8:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday and Sunday.  Registration begins at 7:00am on Saturday and 7:30am on Sunday for “Sunday Only” registered attendees.

Each speaker gives two 45 minute presentations on cutting-edge bass fishing tactics and techniques.  There is a breakout session each day, which is designed for an up-close and personal learning experience.

In addition, there is a question and answer round table discussion each day, designed so that all three speakers have to answer each question from the students.

Anglers are invited to bring their laptop or tablet. Bass University will have complimentary wifi and will be emailing the instructor’s presentations, electronic program book, and other electronic files.

At the class, all students receive a loaded gift bag full of tackle and special deals from Bass University sponsors including: 15 percent of, Flambeau Tuff ‘Tainer tackle box, a Bass University t-shirt, course notebook, and fishing tackle/ gear from Missile Baits, Rapala, VMC, Molix, T-H Marine, and Liquid Mayhem.

There are also chances to win from numerous prize giveaways such as jackets and apparel, a Bazuka Rod Storage tube from Flambeau, fishing gear, and more.

There are price packages available for both days or single days and discounts for students.

Iaconelli said the vision for Bass University is to help anglers strengthen their game and get an inside glimpse of how the pros pursue fishing.

“There is a lot more to it than most people might think and at Bass University we have the chance to spend plenty of time with everyone and share things that just might give them that extra edge they need.”

Iaconelli is the only angler to win the BASS Federation Nation championship, a Bassmaster Classic and Angler of the Year title and is arguably the most popular angler among fans.

Behind all of that, he is a serious teacher and love being able to help other anglers.

“I love teaching and so do these other guys. The lineup we are bringing to Orange is a strong one and all of these pros have their own strong suits they will bring to the table. It is going to be a fun couple of days,” Iaconelli said.

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