Tournament bass fishing is not an easy sport, and learning how to fish like a pro can take years. One way to become a better angler is to learn from the best, even if you just recreationally fish, and anglers can get that chance Saturday and Sunday in Gadsden as The Bass University comes to town.

The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at 5th Street Market, at the corner of Fifth and Locust streets downtown.

Created by professional anglers Pete Gluszek and Mike Iaconelli, each Bass University event location features six current or former bass fishing top-level tournament anglers, who will present a total of 12 seminars over two days. Each seminar runs a little more than 45 minutes and covers cutting-edge bass fishing tactics, techniques and tackle.

The Gadsden seminars will focus on fishing in Alabama.

Bass University seminars are two-day events, and the fee is $198 for adults (18 and older) and $175 for those 17 and younger and full-time students (ID cards must be presented). Individual days can be purchased when selecting ticket options

All students receive a loaded gift bag full of valuable tackle and special offers from event sponsors. Instructors in Gadsden will include founder Pete Gluszek, Aaron Martens, Matt Herren, Chris Zaldain, Justin Lucas and Mark Davis. All are current or former Bassmaster Elite anglers. 

“This is a great opportunity for area anglers to learn from top pros who have fished in the biggest and best tournaments in the country in essentially a one-on-one basis,” said Hugh Stump, executive director of Greater Gadsden Area Tourism, which is bringing the event to town. “This is one more way we can spotlight Neely Henry Lake as a top fishery in Alabama.”

Also sponsoring the event are and Buck’s Island.

All pro anglers, BU staff and seminar attendees are invited to a free dinner after Saturday's classes, sponsored by Buck's Island.

For more information, visit The Bass University website at or call 404-660-0185.