Solar Bat Continues Their Support Again In 2015

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The Collins Inc. Bass For Cash Series and Youth Educational Series are happy to announce the continued sponsorship agreement with Solar Bat performance eyewear in 2015.  Solar Bat continues to offer discounted purchases of qualifying product that can amount to great cash incentive rewards for anglers in tournament events. “Solar Bat has been with us from the beginning and we are proud to continue our relationship with them into 2015.  There are some great rewards for anglers to take advantage of, just by wearing a qualifying Solar Bat product”, says tournament director Jeff Narron.

More information about the Solar Bat contingency rewards can be found below.


Solar Bat® announces BAT BUCKS a fishing tournament contingency rewards program for 2015.


1. The tournament must have 40 boats entered.

2. The tournament must have a website that posts tournament general information and results.

3. The tournament must have a least 20 entrants weighing fish.

4. The tournament may be part of a tournament trail, a single tournament, or a benefit tournament.

5. There is no species restriction for tournament qualifications. The contingency rewards program applies to salt water and freshwater bass, crappie, walleye, salmon, trout, and catfish tournaments.


Two ways to win:

1. Win an eligible tournament.

2. Solar Bat® has been in business over 20 years. To celebrate we are also awarding the fisherman or fishing team that places 20th in an eligible tournament.

The award is:

  1. The fisherman or fishing team winning or finishing in 20th place in an eligible tournament will receive a check from Solar Bat® in the amount of the entry fee, up to a maximum entry fee of $200.00. The fisherman or fishing team will also receive a $100.00 gift certificate from the dealer where the Solar Bat sunglasses were purchased.
  2. In team tournaments, with both team members eligible, 100% of the entry fee and $100.00 gift certificate will be awarded. If only one team member is eligible 50% of the entry fee plus $50 gift certificate will be awarded.
  3. On “Black Friday” in November of 2015 the name of everyone who registered for BAT BUCKS will be placed in a drawing along with all Solar Bat® email subscribers. The lucky winner will receive one free Solar Bat® sunglass of their choice each year for the next three years. The winner will be announced via an email blast.


  1. Fisherman must have purchased a pair of PNVX or PNVXD series Solar Bat® sunglasses in 2014 or 2015. Date of purchase must be prior to submission for the BAT BUCKS.
  2. Fisherman must register with Solar Bat® using the form on the Solar Bat® website prior to submission for the BAT BUCKS. Registration form may be downloaded by clicking on Tournament Contingencey at and then mailed to Solar Bat® or completed and emailed to
  3. Contingency Rewards applies to fishing teams, anglers and co-anglers.
  4. Fisherman must have decals furnished by Solar Bat® on their boat and/or tow vehicle.


  1. Solar Bat® must have your Contingency BAT BUCKS registration form on file.
  2. You must submit the BAT BUCKS Claim form (download by clicking on Tournament Contingency at to Solar Bat® either by completing the claim and emailing to or by downloading the form and mailing to Solar Bat® Attn: BAT BUCKS. Submission must include a photo of boat or tow vehicle with Solar Bat® logo visible.
  3. Solar Bat® will go to the tournament website and verify your victory or 20th place finish, the entry fees and the number of boats in the tournament. We will mail the check only after verification.

Visit the tournament trail’s “Incentives” page for additional details and registration.

By registering for BAT BUCKS you are authorizing Solar Bat® to add your email address to the email subscriber list on the Solar Bat® webiste. You are further authorizing Solar Bat® to announce and congratulate you as a winner of BAT BUCKS in email blasts to our subscribers and on our Facebook page.

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Free Bass For Cash Series Entry Giveaway

Win A Free Entry Into A 2015 Collins Inc. – Bass For Cash Series Event

Presented By Our 2014 Platinum Level Sponsors

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Three chances to win a free entry into a 2015 regular season Collins Bass For Cash Series event of your choice ($100 value). Three entries total to be awarded.

Opportunity #1 – Presented By WT’s Guns – Indoor Range & Outdoor Shop

  • Visit WT’s Guns – Indoor Range & Outdoor Shop located at 115 Centura Drive in Goldsboro, NC ( and let a store employee know that you support the Collins Bass For Cash Series and complete the provided official entry form. No purchase required for entry. One entry per person, per day.
  • January 2, 2015 will be the last day to enter for your chance to win.
  • A random drawing will take place among all the entries received at the WT’s Guns – Indoor Range & Outdoor Shop location to determine one winner.

Opportunity #2 – Presented By Outdoor Accessories Unlimited

  • Visit Outdoor Accessories Unlimited located at 106 West Second Street in Kenly, NC ( and let a store employee know that you support the Collins Bass For Cash Series and complete the provided official entry form. No purchase required for entry. One entry per person, per day.
  • January 2, 2015 will be the last day to enter for your chance to win.
  • A random drawing will take place among all the entries received at the Outdoor Accessories Unlimited location to determine one winner.

Opportunity #3 – Presented By Solar Bat

  • All non-winning entries from the WT’s Guns – Indoor Range & Outdoor Shop location along with all non-winning entries from the Outdoor Accessories Unlimited location will be combined for a second chance drawing.
  • A random drawing will take place from the combined entries and one winner will be selected.

Random Drawing

  • All random drawings will take place and winners announced within ten days of the completion of the contest.

Contact Of Winners

  • Winners will only be contacted by the use of the information provided on the official entry form.


  • Employees of Collins Inc., WT’s Guns – Indoor Range & Outdoor Shop, Outdoor Accessories Unlimited, and Solar Bat are not eligible for entry.
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Z-Man To Support Series In 2015


The Collins Inc. – Bass For Cash Series and Youth Educational Series are excited to announce that Z-Man Fishing Products will be joining us as a Platinum Level supporter in 2015.  The Z-Man assistance will be directed toward the development and growth of the newly formed Youth Educational Series of events, a platform aimed at gaining outdoor interest from area youth and allowing each the opportunity to learn valuable lessons and advice from their volunteer boat captains. “Z-Man is thrilled to support the Youth Educational Series for 2015.  Young fisherman are the future of our sport, and we’re excited about partnering with a program that’s aimed at teaching youth anglers and getting them involved in tournament fishing”, says Z-Man General Manager, Daniel Nussbaum.

Z-Man Fishing Products has a variety of lures to help anglers target a vast array of species. From power fishing techniques to finesse applications, Z-Man Fishing Products has something to utilize. “With the great selection of tournament proven lures that Z-Man has to offer, anglers of all ages can find a product that can help increase their day’s catch”, says tournament director Jeff Narron.  Visit today for more product information.

About Z-Man

For more than 25 years, Charleston, SC-based Z-Man Fishing Products has prided itself on bringing technology to anglers. Z-Man has long been one of the industry’s largest suppliers of silicone skirt material, but until recently the Z-Man name was unknown to many fishermen. Today, Z-Man’s amazing 10X Tough ElaZtech® soft plastics and Original ChatterBait® brand bladed jigs are among the world’s premier fresh and saltwater baits, positioning the company as one of the fastest-growing lure brands in the US!

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Youth Series Added In 2015

GOPR0364The Collins Inc. – Bass For Cash Series is excited to announce that a dedicated youth division will be part of the tournament trail in 2015. The Collins – Youth Educational Series (Y.E.S.) will follow a format similar to FLW and B.A.S.S. High School programs, whereas a team will consist of two youth anglers and one adult boat captain. The intent of this series is to allow young anglers an opportunity to learn valuable skills and competitive knowledge from their adult boat captains while introducing these anglers to the sport of competitive bass angling.

With the popularity of high school clubs being formed across the nation, the Y.E.S. events will give young anglers a chance to experience the atmosphere surrounding such high school programs and allow these young anglers to either join a local club or create a club of their own at their school.

IMG_20141024_103018229_HDRThere will be no membership dues associated with the Collins Inc. – Youth Educational Series and no entry fees to compete in any of the events. “We want this program to be a learning platform for our youth and provide the needed information to help get them into a club at their local school”, says tournament director Jeff Narron. Prizes at each event will consist of trophy awards for the top two teams and lunker winner. Additional prizes such as gift certificates and merchandise will be provided as well. First and second place awards are guaranteed at each event with additional awards provided on a payout of one position for every four teams competing.

Y.E.S. Awards Example:

  • 1-4 Teams = Top 2 teams receive awards,
  • 5-8 Teams = Top 3 teams receive awards,
  • 9-12 Teams = Top 4 teams receive awards, etc….

In addition to the single event awards, Y.E.S. teams will earn points at each event based on their finish. At the conclusion of the season, additional awards will be provided and the top team will be crowned as the Collins Inc. – Youth Educational Series Anglers of The Year. Knowing that it may be impossible for Y.E.S. anglers to attend every event, teams may drop their lowest two scores when determining year end awards. More information on awards/prizes to be announced at a later date as Y.E.S. event sponsors are finalized.

uvs131109-002The Y.E.S. events will coincide with the Collins Inc. – Bass For Cash Series (Adult) events, taking place during the same days of competition and on the same bodies of water, giving this younger generation of anglers a chance to compete in the same conditions as their adult counterparts. The Y.E.S. teams will have a 1:00 PM daily weigh-in at each event. The 1:00 PM weigh-in, two hours in advance of the Bass For Cash Series anglers, will provide a dedicated stage for the young anglers to showcase their day’s catch, followed by their own awards presentation and photo opportunities.

Rules and entry forms for the Youth Educational Series will be posted at a later date.

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2015 Collins Inc. – BFCS Schedule

The 2015 Collins Inc. – Bass For Cash Series schedule is ready. We’re looking forward to another tournament season.

March 21 – Lake Gaston (Summit Landing)

April 4 – Kerr Lake (Flemingtown Landing)

May 16 – Pembroke Creek (Bayside Marina)

June 6 – Lake Gaston (Summit Landing)

June 27 – Falls Lake (Ledge Rock Landing)

July 25 – Roanoke River (Plymouth City Ramp)

August 15 & 16 – Championship (Location TBD)

2015 Rules, bonus payouts, Optional Points Competition payouts and entry forms to be finalized and posted at a later date.

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BFCS Two-Day Championship Details

Vaughn Wins Two-Day Championship – Vann & Lewis Win Optional Points Competition


Over $14,000 in cash awards handed out at season ending event!!!

20140907_063851After six regular season tournament events, sixty-two anglers were eligible to compete in the Collins Inc. – Bass For Cash Series two-day championship event held on Shearon Harris reservoir.  A tough bite coupled with the 16” to 20” slot limit in place on the Central North Carolina body of water created some disappointing faces on many anglers by the end of the event.  Many competitors reported multiple fish landed within the established slot length that would have certainly helped their cause on any other lake in the area, but unfortunately these fish had to be returned to the water.  “The slot limit in place on this reservoir does a great job of keeping quality fish present, but it certainly does not allow tournament anglers the ability to showcase their true catch by day’s end” says tournament director Jeff Narron.  However, several anglers were able to avoid the feared slot limit with a handful of competitors managing to net fish above and beyond the five pound mark, a weight typical for a Shearon Harris largemouth at the upper end of the slot length.


20140907_153735Sticking to one pattern, Ronald Vaughn took the top spot in this season ending tournament with 24.16 lbs earning a very nice payday of $2734.00 for his two day effort.  Skeet Bennett and Buster Seabolt settled for the number two spot with their 19.67 lb catch, including the lunker for the event at 8.22 lbs, earning the duo $1608.00 for the second place finish, $345 for the lunker, and a $100 gift certificate from lunker award sponsor Outdoor Accessories Unlimited.  Landing in the third spot was the team of Josh Lanaville and Timothy Davis with their 18.48 lb catch granting the duo $1158.00 for their weekend on the water.  In the fourth and final paying spot for the event was the duo of Raymond Jones and David Lanaville with a total of 17.33 lbs allowing the pair to split $932.00 for the event.

Points Champions Crowned


Additional awards were also handed out during the event to the top three positions among the Optional Points Competition (OPC) anglers.  After a very consistent season at the top of the leader board, Steve Vann and Richard “Skippy” Lewis were crowned the OPC Champions for 2014 and received a payout of $3700.00 as their first place prize.  Fighting their way from outside of the top five at one point in the season, the team of Tommy and Wilburn Rutledge turned things around by season’s end and filled the second spot in the OPC battle and received $2200.00 for their efforts.  Making a late season charge in the standings and rounding out the final prize earning position in the OPC, the tandem of Ronald and Ronnie Clark took home a check for $1500.00 for their third place result.


Collins Inc. provided food items for all the participants during the final day weigh-in.

Door prizes were given out during the afternoon weigh-in with a $500 Power-Pole gift certificate going to Holt Searcy, a $250 Power-Pole gift certificate going to Robert Barrett, and a Tow Boat U.S. – One Year Membership going to Ronnie Thompson.  Thanks to all of our great sponsors for providing these prizes and awards all season long.

Two-Day Championship Results

Random Event Photos (Click Each For Larger Size)



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2014 Two-Day Championship Info

The Collins Inc. – Bass For Cash Series two-day championship event, scheduled for September 6th & 7th, is less than a week away. If you have yet to send in your entry form and entry fee you may do so this week by mail or you can wait until Saturday morning at the ramp. Starting positions for day #1 will be determined by the order in which the entry has been received. Starting positions for day #2 will be inverted from day #1.


  • Morning registration is planned to begin on-site at approximately 5:15 AM. Cash or check is the only form of payment accepted.
  • Every team must check in at our Yamaha registration tent on Saturday morning. Even if you have pre-registered, we need to know that you are in attendance and provide you with important information.
  • A livewell check will be conducted near the ramp as you launch your boat.
  • Blast Off Will Begin At Safe Light – Approximately 6:30 AM – 6:45 AM both days.
  • Please be checked in, have your livewells checked, and your boat in the water well in advance of the start of the event.
  • Return / Weigh-In – 3:00 PM both days. (Be Sure To Check In With A Tournament Official).
  • Five (5) fish limit per boat. Minimum size for this event will be 14” in length. Per NC State rules, no fish between 16” to 20” may be possessed. Reminder, no courtesy measurements allowed.
  • As with previous events, we will have food items for all participants during Sunday afternoon’s weigh-in. Please stick around for the food and door prizes on Sunday if you can. (Note: There will be no door prizes and no food items on Saturday.)
Tournament Director Request:

Please respect the tournament officials that are recording the scores during each day’s weigh-in by not interrupting them during the weigh-in process. As a tournament organization we want to ensure that we relay and record the exact scores correctly for each and every team that participates. We know that every angler is eager to know of their current position and we will provide everyone with updates as soon as the scoring is complete. Thank you for your help and understanding.

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2014 BFCS Championship Info – Shearon Harris

The 2014 Collins Inc. – Bass For Cash Series Championship event will take place on Shearon Harris Lake on September 6th & 7th at the Cross Point landing. Any individual that competed in 4 of 6 regularly scheduled events earlier this season, within the same division, will be eligible to compete in this two-day event. You do not have to fish with the same partner that you competed with throughout the year. You may fish alone or with another partner. However, everyone fishing in the Championship event must meet the qualifications.

Qualification (Per 2014 BFCS Rules)

Rule #15. Championship Qualification
a. There will be (6) Six qualifying events and (1) one Championship event.
b. You must fish in (4) Four qualifying events from the same division to be eligible for Championship competition.
c. Individuals will qualify for Championship division based on the division they fished throughout the year

Off Limits (Per 2014 BFCS Rules)

Rule #16. Off‐Limits Period
a. Tournament waters will be off‐limits the Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday prior to each event except on a holiday Monday (Example: Labor Day).

Entry / Payout

Entry into the Championship event will be $100 per boat for the Open Division. Lunker awards are included with this $100 entry. Additional money that was set aside from the six qualifying events will be added to the event payout, thus greatly increasing the overall winnings. Overall payout and the number of positions paid will be determined by the number of entries.

Starting Order

All starting positions for this event will be assigned as the entry form and fee is received. Simply put, the sooner your entry is received, the earlier you will blast-off on Day #1.

On Day #2 the starting positions will be inverted.

There will be one continuous blast-off each day.

Qualified Individuals

Based on our records, the following is a list of individuals that have competed in at least 4 of 6 regularly scheduled events this season and are qualified to compete in the Collins Inc. – Bass For Cash Series Championship event. Please contact the tournament director with any questions or corrections.

Please note for clarification purposes: Only the 60 anglers listed below are eligible to compete in the Championship event. Anyone not on this list of anglers will not be allowed to compete.

  1. Adam Harris
  2. AJ Howard
  3. Andy Evans
  4. Billy Vierra
  5. Brandon Hendricks
  6. Buster Seabolt
  7. Dan Treadaway
  8. Daniel Wood
  9. David Lanaville
  10. David Swain
  11. Dennis Boykin
  12. Desmond Jones
  13. Ed Jarman
  14. Glenn Aycock
  15. Harry Smith
  16. Holt Searcy
  17. J.R. Bowens
  18. Jacob Brown
  19. James Jenkins
  20. Jamie Rose
  21. Jason Naumuk
  22. Jason Pittman
  23. Jeff Hall
  24. Jesse Grice
  25. Jesse Spell
  26. John Morton
  27. Johnny Wood
  28. Jon Rucker
  29. Joshua Lanaville
  30. Kenny Allen
  31. Larry Hipps
  32. Larry Moody
  33. Larry Radford
  34. Mark Fielding
  35. Michael Bailey
  36. Michael Morton
  37. Mike Brinchek
  38. Mike Hodge
  39. Morris Brown
  40. Randy Brown
  41. Raymond Jones
  42. Richard Lewis
  43. Robert Barrett
  44. Ronald Clark
  45. Ronald Vaughn
  46. Ronnie Clark
  47. Ronnie Thompson
  48. Sammy Creech
  49. Sandy Brown
  50. Scottie Braswell
  51. Scottie Edwards
  52. Skeet Bennett
  53. Steve Vann
  54. Steven Whitley
  55. Tim Harris
  56. Timothy Davis
  57. TM Howard
  58. Tommy Rutledge
  59. Wilburn Rutledge
  60. Zak Davenport
  61. Robert House Jr
  62. Charlie Creech
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Solar Bat–Back To School Promotion

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Solar Bat is running a back to school special on their new Fashion Sport Signature Series Sunglasses.  Use promo code B2S for a 50% discount. Click Here to check out all of the styles.

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Solar Bat Promo & Incentives Still Active

2010 SOLAR BAT LOGOHey anglers, don’t forget about the discount available from Solar Bat through the BFCS tournament promo code!

A 20% discount can be achieved by using the promotional code CB4C when purchasing online at Solar Bat’s web site (, visiting an authorized tournament dealer (, or by written order through the tournament director.

With one event remaining on the BFCS schedule, you can still win bonus “Bat Bucks” through the Solar Bat incentive program. Visit the Solar Bat site for additional details on “Bat Bucks” and take a look at their great looking web site.

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