As a Construction Management major at Georgia Southern University, Tanner Parker has made a study of tensional stress and load factors. However, a high-speed collision with a piece of floating debris shortly after takeoff at the 2012 BoatU.S. Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship on Pickwick Lake introduced a load of stressful tension the 21-year-old never could have expected.


“The boat behind me saw the whole thing, and they said my boat did a 360 when I hit whatever it was that I hit,” said Parker, grateful to be unhurt, and coincidentally, he happened to be fishing alone that day, saving a partner from the possibility of injury too.


“As soon as I realized I wasn’t hurt, I dialed TowBoatUS Captain Shane O’Neal who I had met the night before while signing up for a membership,” explained Parker. “My hope was to get off the water quickly, fix was what was broken, and get back out there fishing,” said a determined Parker.


“TowBoatUS got me off the water very quickly, and was able to make trips to three different marine dealers, one of which was an hour-and-a-half away, but I eventually realized I didn’t have the time to get back out there and fish the ledges that day,” lamented Parker, who made it a point to thank BoatUS ANGLER and Pure Fishing for the support they give collegiate anglers.


Tanner Parker wasn’t the only angler to sing the praises of an affordable membership to BoatUS ANGLER following the Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship.


University of Texas angler Kyle Marek found himself broke-down at the extreme opposite end of Pickwick from the launch ramp. In fact, it took 45-minutes for TowBoatUS to hurriedly make the long run to get him, and over 2 hours to pull Marek back to the launch ramp. Still he couldn’t have been more grateful. Marek told BoatUS ANGLER Brand Manager Steve Levi, “BoatUS ANGLER’s towing service is the greatest thing ever. If I could buy a lifetime membership, I would.”


2012 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Champions Ben Dziwulski and Ethan Cox of North Carolina State University didn’t need a tow, but they did haul home a $1,000 Weigh-to-Win bonus check from BoatUS Angler as a result of their membership.


You don’t have to be a college student to benefit from an affordable membership to BoatUS ANGLER.  Simply said, it pays to buy a highly affordable BoatUS Angler membership regardless of what B.A.S.S., FLW, LBAA, Collegiate Bass or PAA events you compete in, especially when you’re registered for the Weigh-to-Win cash tournament bonus program, and that’s why hundreds of anglers signed up last year. To make sure you are eligible in 2012, just dial (918) 742-6424 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. CST, Monday – Friday, and ask for Kendell, she’ll make sure you get signed-up. Or to learn more, please visit