MONTGOMERY, Ala. – It’s like an avid angler’s daydream, except that the rumors are 100 percent true: The world’s top bass anglers are coming to campuses around the country to teach two-day seminars about hot topics and must-have techniques that are all part of the curriculum at CITGO Bassmaster University.   

Classes will be taught by bass pros ranging from 2003 CITGO Bassmaster Classic champ Mike Iaconelli and 2003 Bassmaster Angler of the Year Jay Yelas to two-time ESPN Great Outdoor Games gold medalist Shaw Grigsby and the legendary Woo Daves.  

  Conducted over one weekend in two six-hour sessions, the course is the only one of its kind that incorporates personal interaction and hands-on presentations. The pros share their best techniques, as well as provide insight into the sport of competitive bass fishing.  

  Tactical fishing techniques may include choosing and using the right spinnerbait or a "how-to" session on effectively using GPS devices and fishfinders. Attendees may enhance their skills with proven shallow-water worm tactics, the importance of better boat positioning, catching schooling bass and more.   

Bassmaster University began in Oklahoma in 1974 as BASS Fishing Techniques, an advanced, comprehensive educational workshop for avid anglers. In 2001, with a new name and a nationwide audience, Bassmaster University became a major event in the bass fishing year, drawing crowds of bass anglers to seminars that promised to improve their knowledge of the techniques, tackle and skills used by the pros on the CITGO Bassmaster Tournament Trail presented by Busch Beer.  

  Since its inception, Bassmaster University has promised affordable tuition ($99 for standard classes, $119 for Bass Pro Shops-sponsored courses) and a fun, educational opportunity for the entire family (a spouse or child under 16 can attend standard courses with a full-paying adult for $50 or Bass Pro Shops courses for $60).   

For complete course information or to register online, visit and click on the Bassmaster University icon.