An Alabama based, bass fishing tournament series developed for Collegiate Anglers 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., December 12, 2012—Sportsman’s Media Group, a firm founded by sportsmen to promote the outdoor lifestyle through specialized websites, forums, social media engagement, tournaments, and other special events produced under the Fishlife brand, has formed the Fishlife Collegiate Tour.

The Fishlife Collegiate Tour has been established to give all collegiate anglers a chance to compete against one another and other university teams in a series that spans the entire year. Not just two or three qualifying events. This is an eight event, two day championship tour, fishing the beautiful lakes of Alabama.

“We’re excited to put together this tour for the collegiate anglers and give them a chance to compete against one another in their own series. Our new tour allows us to give the collegiate anglers another platform to compete and will bring meaningful marketing opportunities to potential sponsors, as well as communications tools that will further enhance the experience for all those who participate in SMG-produced events,” said Sportsman’s Media Group Founder and President, Jody Harrison.

“When we formed Sportsman’s Media Group, and specifically our Fishlife brand, our goal was simple: to bring everyone who is passionate about fishing and outdoor sports together through a network of family-friendly web forums,” said Harrison. “Our rapid growth through forums such as our North Alabama Fishing Forums ( and our social networking tool,, has been nothing short of remarkable. By tapping into the rapidly growing collegiate tournament fishing world, SMG brings a tremendous opportunity to grow the brand, expand our reach, and teach even more people about the joys of fishing and the great outdoors.”

Fishlife Collegiate Tour Utilizes Healthy Water Weigh-In System 

The latest successful venture for Sportsman’s Media Group is the Fishlife Bass Tour ( a series of fishing tournaments across Alabama for weekend anglers with competitive payouts and an unrelenting focus on conservation practices.

“Our Fishlife Bass Tour has raised the bar on conservation by utilizing the guidelines set by Shimano in the development of water weigh-in systems to drastically reduce fish mortality rates at our tournaments. It’s certainly more costly to use this system, and we are only one of a few groups in the nation doing it this way, but we’ll never compromise on our conservation standards. This is an important benefit for those who participate in our tournaments,” said Harrison. “We will be using this system in all of our collegiate events to not only take care of the fish in our tournaments, but to show everyone that conservation is the main focus in all of our events.

A series of on-site Fishlife educational events are planned for next year, which will showcase why the water weigh-in system is vital, and how the latest conservation techniques and best practices have a positive impact on the environment. “We want to make sure that our environment is preserved, so that our children and grandchildren can enjoy fishing our beautiful lakes as much as we do. The key to making that happen is education. At Sportsman’s Media Group, we’re absolutely committed to it, to showing the way,” added Harrison.

About Sportsman’s Media Group (SMG) 

Sportsman’s Media Group was formed by outdoorsmen Jody Harrison and Pete Tunner to provide a forum for fishing and outdoor enthusiasts to share their passion and knowledge of the sport with each other in a family-friendly environment. With rapid expansion, SMG has evolved with the development of a series of powerful social networking tools such as their website, and state-specific fishing forums. SMG also produces fishing tournaments such as the Fishlife Bass Tour, charity and community fishing tournaments, corporate fishing tournaments, and educational demonstration events for schools, retailers, and those interested in the latest conservation techniques. SMG is an industry innovator, and offers valuable sponsorship opportunities for corporate sponsors and investors. For more information about Sportsman’s Media Group, contact Jody Harrison at or (205) 243-4572 or Pete Tunner at or (205) 966-3075.

Media Tip: Organize your photos by Rights

Alright Collegiate anglers, I am going to start chiming in here with tips on how to handle a bunch of different things that are never taught to most professional anglers.

In this first tip, I want to discuss photos.  Photos are important to creating an image for yourself both on your personal sites and in the media.  There are many great writers out there that would be willing to do articles with you now or in the future, which they can do over the phone for the most part.  What they can’t do over the phone is take pictures of you. In addition, you generally can’t take photos of yourself.  So here is a little tip that will help you have photos available when you need them.

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Stephen F. Austin Repeats, Winning the 2012 FLW Southern Conference Championship

Robert ‘Blaze’ Platt and partner Kyle Turner of Stephen F. Austin win the National Guard FLW College Fishing Southern Conference Championship.
(Photo by Kyle Wood) By Kyle Wood – 06.Oct.2012

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – Cold weather, wind, rain and clouds greeted the top five teams on the final day for the National Guard FLW College Fishing Southern Conference Championship on Lake Dardanelle. With tough conditions and only 1 pound, 11 ounces separating fifth from first, it was left the possibility for anyone to take the title.With only two of the teams on the final day bringing five-bass limits to the stage, it was Stephen F. Austin who captured the title after starting the day only 3-ounces behind the leader. On day one Robert ‘Blaze’ Platt and Kyle Turner brought 11 pounds, 3 ounces to the scales. They backed that up with the largest bag of the tournament on day two – 17-2. Today they hauled in 16-3, giving them a three-day total of 44-8 and a new Ranger Z117 and motor for their club.

Auburn wins FLW Southeast Conference Championship

Shane Powell and Jordan Lee of Auburn University win the FLW College Fishing Southeast Conference Championship on Lake Wylie

ROCK HILL, S.C. – While the weather changed from bright sunshine to thick clouds on day three of the National Guard FLW College Fishing Southeast Conference Championship, it wasn’t nearly enough to derail the powerhouse Auburn University fishing team. With several deep schools of bass located, the Tigers put on an offshore clinic and dominated the three-day tournament wire-to-wire.

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ACA Partners With BassGold Patterning Tool

San Antonio, Texas (Sept. 18, 2012) – The Association of Collegiate Anglers announced today that it has partnered with BassGold to bring BassGold’s revolutionary new bass patterning tool free to collegiate anglers. is a portable web application that displays decades of tournament winning pattern information in completely new ways. For example, BassGold bar graphs for a particular lake may show that main lake points, gravel and crankbaits factor in 50%, 30% and 72% of first- through fifth-place finishes.

BassGold users also can see summaries of pattern details, a by-the-month graph of tournament weight averages for a particular water body, and can upload their own pattern information to benefit from the same BassGold tools.

“We’re excited to add BassGold to our growing list of partners who support collegiate anglers through our discounts and incentives program,” said Danny Blandford, ACA program director. “Many of our anglers are data-oriented, and it’s obvious that with 4,000 patterns and growing, BassGold has the best pattern data available. I’m confident our anglers will be pleased with the amazing information they can access via this partnership.”

“We’re happy to see college anglers on limited budgets be able to access and benefit from BassGold,” said company CEO Jay Kumar. “I’m sure they’ll benefit from it and that this will be a two-way street – I’m also sure collegiate anglers will be instrumental in helping BassGold evolve and improve.”

Some of the 4,000-plus patterns in BassGold, covering 350 water bodies, include all the available pattern information from ACA-sanctioned and -affiliated tournaments.

To access BassGold, student anglers must email Danny Blandford at  for the 100% discount code.

To stay up to date on all BassGold updates and changes, sign up for the free BassBlaster email at

About BassGold

BassGold is a property of Sasquatch Media, which also produces the No. 1 bass fishing blog,, and the daily BassBlaster email. Jay Kumar, the founder of, owns this enthusiast-focused digital strategy and implementation company.


ACA: Danny Blandford, 812-219-5681,

BassGold: Jay Kumar, 908-238-3830,

Fairmont State Wins Northern Conference Championship


MARTINSVILLE, Va. (Sept. 15, 2012) – The Fairmont State University team of Wil Dieffenbauch of Hundred, W. Va., and Ryan Radcliff of Parkersburg, W.Va., won the National Guard FLW College Fishing Northern Conference Championship presented by Mercury on Philpott Lake Saturday with a five-bass limit weighing 7 pounds, 4 ounces. Their three day total weight of 24 pounds, 12 ounces beat State University of New York – Plattsburgh by 1 pound, 12 ounces. The team from Fairmont State won a Ranger Z117 bass boat with a 90-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a berth in the National Guard FLW College Fishing National Championship.

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