KISSIMMEE, Fla. (July 25, 2023) – For the second consecutive year, the best college fishing anglers from across the country will be visiting Lake Toho to crown the top college fishing team in the nation.
Major League Fishing (MLF), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, in conjunction with the Kissimmee Sports Commission, announced today that the 2024 Abu Garcia College Fishing Presented by YETI National Championship, the national championship of college bass fishing, will take place on Lake Toho in Kissimmee, Jan. 9-11, in 2024.
“We are excited to host the Major League Fishing College National Championship for a second year,” said Tyler Weyant, Director of Sports Development for the Kissimmee Sports Commission. “Following the overwhelming success we had last year at Lake Toho, we are eager to invite everyone to join us once again and experience the excitement firsthand. In addition to the incredible action happening on the water, we encourage the competitors, their families and the MLF staff to explore the local shops and restaurants that make Kissimmee truly unique.”
“The 2023 National Championship on Lake Toho was one of the most thrilling finales to a tournament that we have ever had, with the University of Montevallo weighing in a 27-pound limit on the final day to vault to the top of the leaderboard and win the title,” said Kevin Hunt, MLF Senior Director of Tournament Operations. “There aren’t many fisheries in the country that can produce over three days like Lake Toho can, and we’re excited to return to Kissimmee to let the best college anglers from across the country battle it out to see who our next national champion will be.”
Each day of competition at the 2024 Abu Garcia College Fishing Presented by YETI National Championship will feature weigh-ins livestreamed on MajorLeagueFishing.com.
The Abu Garcia College Fishing Presented by YETI National Championship will showcase the top teams from the 2023 College Fishing season competing for a top prize of $43,500, including a new Phoenix 518 Pro boat powered by a 115-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000 in cash. The winning team will also advance to the 2024 Toyota Series Championship to compete as pros for a shot at winning as much as $235,000. The highest finishing team member at the Toyota Series Championship will advance to REDCREST 2025 to compete against the top professional anglers in the sport for a top prize of $300,000.
The second-place club at the 2024 Abu Garcia College Fishing Presented by YETI National Championship will receive a Phoenix 518 Pro boat powered by a 115-horsepower Mercury outboard. The team also advances to the 2024 Toyota Series Championship to compete as pros. The third-place finishers at the 2024 National Championship will receive $4,000, and the team advances to the 2024 Toyota Series Championship as co-anglers for a shot at winning a new Phoenix 518 Pro powered by a 115 HP Mercury. Every team in the top 10 at the 2024 College Fishing National Championship will receive at least $1,000.
Proud sponsors of MLF Abu Garcia College Fishing Presented by YETI include: 13 Fishing, Abu Garcia, B&W Trailer Hitches, Black Rifle Coffee Company, E3, Favorite Fishing, Fox Rent a Car, General Tire, Grundens, Lawless Lures, Lew’s, Lowrance, Mercury, Mossy Oak, Onyx, Phoenix, Polaris, Power-Pole, Strike King, Tackle Warehouse, T-H Marine, Wiley X and YETI.
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About Major League Fishing
Major League Fishing (MLF) is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, producing more than 250 events annually at some of the most prestigious fisheries in the world, while broadcasting to America’s living rooms on CBS, the Discovery Channel, the Outdoor Channel, CBS Sports Network, the World Fishing Network and on-demand on MyOutdoorTV (MOTV). Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, the MLF roster of bass anglers includes the world’s top pros and more than 30,000 competitors in all 50 states and 13 countries. Since its founding in 2011, MLF has advanced the sport of competitive fishing through its premier television broadcasts and livestreams and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for bass through research, education, fisheries enhancement and fish care.