The Army Bass Anglers is the brainchild of a grad school assignment. In 2004, Cody Roberson wrote a graduate paper on the fishing industry and the lack of programs in the entire outdoor space for service members. His professor agreed and urged him to roll with it. Nearly 20 years later, Army Bass Anglers has grown into multiple organizations and hosts major charity events dedicated to supporting fellow service members across the outdoors community.
Annually, the Army Bass Anglers hosts a bracket-style national fishing tournament for veterans and active-duty soldiers from all five branches of the US Armed Forces on their signature TV show Force on Force on the World Fishing Network to declare a Military National Champion.
The organizations are comprised mostly of active-duty soldiers, who volunteer their time to these projects. The Army Bass Anglers associations are unique in using their military backgrounds to create a “take care of each other” mentality. “Each member has a 'battle buddy' that he/she operates with within the outdoors space,” says Cody Roberson. “When one member can’t support the mission the other 'rucks up' and carries the load for both, this is by design and is ingrained in all our military training.”
In addition to their dozens of other projects, the Army Bass Anglers organizations have 48 nationwide contracts, including constructing pop-up BB Gun ranges and fishing fish tanks at every major fishing and hunting show for kids.
The Army Bass Anglers consists of 18 pro staff anglers, hundreds of coalition pro staff and task force anglers. The entire group consists of active duty or retired U.S. military from all branches of service. They currently fish Bass Champs & Force on Force on the World Fishing Network, and at numerous major events across the country.
Army Bass Anglers gained national prominence as the Ceremonial Launch Boats for numerous Bassmaster Classics & Toyota Texas Bass Classics, while raising national awareness for Returning Heroes Home, Heroes on the Water, Folds of Honor & Warrior Canine Connection from 2008 to 2014.
“We don’t consider ourselves professional fishermen or hunters, but professional soldiers who just happen to be avid anglers and outdoorsmen with a far more important mission.”