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To change in a big way: ( upbeat dramatic music ) For 519 Collegiate Anglers on spring break, it doesn’t get any Better than this Paris Tennessee on the Shores of Kentucky Lake – This is the seventh Annual Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass, Bash Presented by Berkley, I think it’s going to be A real fun tournament.

‘Cause with the Multiple sessions, all the prizes and it’s Just kind of laid back having a good time pretty much A regular just five Fish all day, tournament You’re just grinding all day, Trying to get five bites, you know, But this one. It’s like Well, if you don’t, you have eight chances to win. Oh it’s a blast. It definitely gives us An opportunity to get out and just get back To the kind of roots of why we all enjoy the sport, We get to go out and You’re, not necessarily patterning fish and worried About this big part of the tournament, as Much as you are just finding that one big one And it’s exciting because Anybody out here can do it.

[ Narrator ] We’ve got a record Field on hand this weekend There’s an unprecedented 84, collegiate campuses represented They’re all hoping to cash in On the $ 30,000 total purse For those in the hunt for Cabela’s School of the Year, this event is worth Double points They can change in The blink of an eye, Especially with a Tournament like this, where double points, and all that I mean you – can see Someone shoot up from that was never even Really in the top 20, It’s just a huge game changer.

This is by far the most Points available tournament And I think basically Catching two fish, five and a half plus will Put us probably in first [ Narrator ] Nathan, Bell Fishes for Dayton, Tennessee’s Bryan College They’re in fifth coming Into this tournament, 100 points behind The current leaders of 2016 Cabela’s Collegiate National Champions Auburn University Angler of the year Is one of the most prestigious titles In fishing in general, depending it don’t matter, Which level you’re at And then team of the Year is just basically brawning that to the whole team Yeah, So it’s extremely Important to us Last year you know we Talked about it a bunch, but we didn’t.

We didn’t Set our sights on it. The way we have this year, That’s been the biggest goal: Everybody on the team to The officers on the team we first met in Fall this past fall. We said we wanted Team of the year – And we knew we set Out a plan, a budget to figure out what We can do to even to be the most effective Throughout the season and try to get votes at Every single tournament that qualifies for The team of the year [ Narrator ] Conditions, On Kentucky Lake this week have been favorable with water and air Temps in the 60’s and the bass beginning To push shallow, But things are about to change.

A big front is due To push through And due to potential Extreme conditions tournament officials have Made the difficult decision to cancel day two of this event. It’s going to change you Know it’s been in the 60’s here lately and then it’s Going to drop down to 31 in the morning at take off so — It could just Completely shut them off, They may stay where They’re at, but I suspect, it’ll pull them back.

They’ll try to get away. From that cold water and wait for it to warm back up, It’s still going to be A slow, fast, pre fright Fish are in every position. Deep shallow, you name it. So it’s going to be an Absolute awesome event: [ Narrator ] Weather reports, Calling for winter conditions to arrive late in the day, but the snow began to Fall just before sunrise When it was done there Was more than four inches blanketing, the hills? Of Henry County [ Cameraman ] Well so What are your thoughts, (, chuckling )? I think it’s snowing.

We didn’t know it was going to Be a blizzard this morning This is cool. I mean this is Great Big Bass, Bash: It’s fun. It’s fun tournament, [ Narrator ]! You can Keep up with the Cabela’s Collegiate Bass, Series on Instagram Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, Or just visit Collegiatebasschampionship.Com Coming up the collegiate Anglers are up against some challenging conditions We’ll get out on the water for all the highlights.

From Kentucky Lake in the Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass, Bash presented by Berkley, Stay close, The Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing series is brought to you in part by Cabela’s. It’s in your nature, Berkley catch more fish And by Ranger Boats. Still, building legends one at a time This is Paris Landing on The shores of Kentucky Lake, where a powerful storm Blew through overnight, bringing unexpected Winter weather Now anglers are up against high winds and near Whiteout conditions With angler safety in mind tournament officials, Are allowing anglers to trailer to the Ramp of their choice – Oh right now, it’s just Trying to get out there safe, You know with the snow Coming down and the wind so we’re going to hopefully Head up north and get out of the wind get in the cove start doing some fishing.

But so what’s the Game plan right now is to get out there safe [ Narrator ], We’ll check back In at Paris Landing later For now, let’s head Up river and catch up with one of the teams, For Auburn University – Oh my God, I’ve fished in sleet I’ve fished in rain, I mean I’ve even fished. In flurries before, but this stuff’s actually I mean look at this: It’s all in the console, ( laughing ) Right I mean I can make a snowball.

I’m Cole Burdeshaw, I’m Cameron Mercer Auburn University. Oh my God, that’s cold Spring break. This is the Start of Auburn Spring Break right here. I promise you this. It’s going to be fun today, but come tomorrow, we’re going Back where it’s like 70 degrees, I never thought my Freshman spring break would be spent in the snow. I figured it’d be spent fishing In the unplanned snow Dig through the Snow and find my rod.

Oh my gosh, look at my rod. It’s like Christmas. I’m unwrapping presents It’s a massive cold front, So probably it’s going to Do typical things It’ll, stick them Closer to cover, Maybe closer down to The bottom, what not We’re going to, I think our goal, we’re going to try To find some rock that is kind of out of the wind, that’s going to be you Know facing the sun Typical winter time. Stuff with a cold front, ( muffled speech, ) I’m going to throw the sissy stick.

( relaxing music ) Feels like a pretty good fish. Hey we’re going Across the scales About a three pounder, He might spare us Into the top 10, I don’t believe it. It’s a bass, They’ll bite in the snow, [, Narrator, ] Cameron and Cole. Aren’t the only ones on fish, Despite the extreme conditions, the water temperature’s Only dropped a few degrees and anglers are Reporting catches on a variety of lures, While some anglers are battling, It out in the blinding snow others are back on Shore, keeping warm and waiting for Better conditions, (, uplifting music ).

Well, it’s definitely snowing We’re waiting on the radar Looks like it’s going to quit here in about Maybe 30 minutes 45 and we’re waiting On the snow to quit before we launch that way, We don’t get everything, soaking, wet and They extend the day. That’ll still give us like Six or seven hours to fish so we’re just kind Of waiting to before we put in And get started [ Cameraman ]. Tell me what Y’All doing real, quick, Well we’re out.

Here, fishing, the – I honestly don’t know what You’d call this thing: [ Cameraman, ], A rip rap –, The rip rap dam, The bridge at Paris, Landing [ Cameraman; ]. They Sent out a text saying y’all can’t runs, tell Me illiterate on that. Well, I really Just don’t wan na put nobody in danger. I Mean look at this There’s no way possible. That you could run, I mean you, can’t see. 10 feet in front of you much less going 50 miles.

An hour down the water, so [ Cameraman ]. So what are Y’All trying to do now, Y’all just trying to Scrape a fish up too Yeah we’re just trying To get a 15 incher, I think if you get a 15 Incher, you may win something.’Cause. We got the first Weigh in at eight o’clock so trying to scrap something up: Okay, I’d like to welcome Y’All out to day one session, one Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash Session, one presented By Pro Wool Eagle, Claw Trokar and we do Have fish to weigh [ Narrator ]? First Up to the scales Auburn University’s, Cole Burdeshaw Burdeshaw put Her right there From Auburn University, This fish needs to be 348 to get in the money, and it is a 355 – You just knocked somebody out Good job here June Bug and big Buy bait finesse We’re just trying to Get a couple few bites, You know we’re Leading too many years so we’re trying to get Some solid fish up here, You’ve done it Now.

You’ve got that double Points for this event, We’ll try well we’ll Get back out there try to get another one Go right around front, Get you a picture made and Go catch us another one, [ Cameraman ] Is It cold up there Yeah a little bit [ Cameraman. ] Did You get a bigun, I got a big one, [ Cameraman ] Tell me about it. I mean it was just Rough getting out there Like the visibility’s Terrible on the main lake, so we just fished in the marina.

We we idled out a little bit then hit the rock walls. Around the marina And we got them, we Got all our fish within our first 30 minutes of fishing. It was. It was real good. It worked out well for us [ Cameraman, ] A 387. I Think is leading right now you going to be able to beat that I’ll. Take that yeah Kevin Van Horn from Indiana University, How many fish have y’all Caught today, Kevin We caught about 15 Caught about 15 Y’all have been on’em, It needs to be 387, come right.

Over here, let’s read it: What’s it say: 414 414 new leader In this session, Awesome job get that fish out, Show it to everybody, Good job What’d, you catch it on Spinner bait, On the spinner bait. First time, we’ve Heard of spinner bait [ Narrator ] Kevin Would go on to finish out the first session In seventh place, Mickendree University’s Taylor Schmitt, locked up fifth with One weighing 472: You moved it way on up.

Take that fish out A 472 [ Narrator ], Several other Anglers made a run at it, picking up some great Prizes along the way, But it was Gavyn Bridges: fishing for UT at Chattanooga, picking up The first win of the day Watch your head. There Gavyn come on in Put that fish there We may have bag and All bag and all We may have a lead change. It needs to be 414. What do you think it’ll weigh? I was thinking Four and a half He’s thinking four and a half How about 527 new leader 527 All right way to go: [ Narrator, ], Here’s A look at the results for session one brought To you by Prorule and Eagle, Claw Trokar, There are still seven Hourly weigh-ins to go We’re just getting started Coming up, we’ll get Back on the water for more from Kentucky Lake and the 2017 Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass, Bash presented by Berkley (, upbeat, music, ) And now Ram Facts.

Brought to you by Dodge Ram and the all new 2017 Ram, 1500 ( upbeat music, ), (, upbeat music, ), The Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing series is brought to you, In part by Yamaha Marine Reliability starts here: Garmin fight your fish Not your fish finder And by Henry County Tennessee (, relaxing music ) Welcome back to Kentucky Lake and the 2017 Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley, The snow, is finally tapering off and the high winds Have laid down We’re back to the Business of catching fish, ( upbeat, music, ).

We caught a shower Off this point earlier, Yeah, Am I going too fast for you Nah, you’re, fine? Okay, It’s actually not that bad! Now I mean it’s cold, but it’s not not absolutely miserable [ Cameraman ]. What has that Done for your game plan, It’s changed. A little bit Made us slow down a little bit. We had some fish yesterday or the day before. Yesterday, in practice that were sunning themselves, On some sandy ledges and they’re, not there anymore, So we’re thinking they Just kind of pulled back a little bit We’re trying to get them.

.’Cause the water The water temperature dropped about four degrees, but it’s still really Not all that cold, So they seem to still Be hitting moving baits Just they’re, not wanting The really bigger baits Like we were catching Them on Thursday, We were catching them off some bigger chunk rock too. So I think they’re Feeding up there on those rocks a little Bit warmer water, maybe That’s my thought on it all ( upbeat music, ), [, Announcer, ], Okay, we are Ready to start session two Session, two is presented: By Bob’s Machine Shop, [ Narrator ] Getting Right into the highlights from session two Western Michigan University’s Macauley Kennedy scored valuable Points for his school and locked up.

Fourth, with His first catch of the day, McKendree’s Brendan Madden Took third, with 475 Thomas Soileau took Second, with one pushing the scales to 532, But it was Spencer, Guthrie From Kennesaw State stepping up and winning Session number two, I hope so 394 last session. Yes, sir, A 574 hold that fish up You just took over the lead. That’s the way to Get them going Hold that up for the camera 574 way to go, Hold that up there and Let everybody see it: [ Narrator ].

Here’s a Peek at the final results for session number, two Presented by Bob’s Machine Shop Moving right into session three presented by Cabela’s Louisiana State’s Dakota Sparks is at the scales. This is the baby compared To what y’all catch down in Louisiana, I don’t know sometimes You get around some big ones down there. But this lake’s got a lot of quality to it. How about a 563 Y’all put your hands? Together for him Get that fish out Dakota just look at it.

Tell us how you caught this one Caught on a Big Schwinn bait, Just kind of slow Rolled it on the bottom, a little bit deeper water, That’s the first we’ve Heard of a Schwinn Bait, All right Levi, Sharp Also from Louisiana State Y’all in the same boat, How much pressure You going to put on him for the lead He’s got me, He’s got you y’all have Already been out there, looking at them, In the boat, okay, Maybe you’ll be in second A 544.

Yes, sir second place 544 We’re throwing these Big Schwinn baits off in about 70 foot of water And just reeling them back up across that Ledge and those big fish are hanging out there. And just eating them as soon as they hit the ledge [ Narrator ] Finishing just Ahead of Levi and Dakota Bryan College’s Dylan Pritchett weighed one for 639 in third place Bethel University’s, Tristan Mccormick took second with 644 and it was Tusculum’s Corey Neece, bringing in the biggest Fish of session three: How much is it going to weigh I’m hoping seven And a half at least: Let’s do it 757 Way to go, Get it out, take a picture Good! Looking fish New big fish of the Entire tournament, Right now, if that holds up in this session alone, Presented by Cabela’s, you have a $ 1,000 Cabela’s gift card Hold that up for Kevin [, Narrator ] And here’s a Look at the final leaderboard for session three Presented by Cabela’s Remember to keep up with The Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing series on your Favorite social media platform or just go to Collegiatebasschampionship.

Com Coming up we’ll get Back out on the water for more tournament coverage from Kentucky Lake and the 2017 Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass, Bash presented by Berkley ( upbeat, music, ), (, upbeat music, ), The Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing series is brought to you in part. By Costa Del Mar Sunglasses See what’s out there By Gill Marine Technical fishing gear Ram Trucks, guts glory Ram And by Bubba Blade, the ultimate sportsman’s knife.

Welcome back to the Seventh annual Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass, Bash presented by Berkley From Kentucky Lake, We’ve got a record field of more than 500 anglers on the water and we’ll keep things moving as we get right back. Into tournament coverage I’m Brad Wyss from McKindree B-R-A-D W-Y-S-S., I’m Brandan Madden From McKindree B-R-A-N-D-A-N. M-A-D-D-E-N, I’m a junior And I’m also a junior We’re doing a lot of Power fishing right now Covering a lot of water.

I think the fish are Shallow fishing on shad, obviously you can feel The shad out here They’re all busted, Trying to get a reaction by us We’re catching out better Fish on transition banks There’s holes in and out Between these points And all in between these jocks, That’s where out better Fish have come from My name’s Caleb Fisk, I’m from Calhoun Community College, My name’s Zane Loveday Started out cold, wet and white, Nothing but white.

Snow everywhere We put in at Paris this morning We rounded the Bend at the harbor at six o’clock and Waves were rolling over the boat, so We turned around waited it out for a few minutes and then we decided to Put it on the trailer and went to another boat ramp, [, Narrator ]. This is Hunter Hatcher from Mississippi State University Caught a good fish. We were just coming. Down through here kind of beating the bank And got to a good point and settled down: And took some time working a little bit and Pulling a trap across it and snuck into a Pretty good one, Probably around eight pounds, We’ll see how it goes at The scale a little later [ Narrator ], Join us next week, We’ll head to the Scales with Hunter And then bring you all of The remaining highlights from Kentucky Lake And the 2017 Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash Presented by Berkley, If you’re planning a Trip to Kentucky Lake and no doubt you’ll Wan na plan your stay in Paris, Tennessee They’ve got all the amenities and they’re right on the water.

Fishing is one of our Main industries here, Of course, we’ve got A natural resource in Kentucky Lake – that’s Something you can’t duplicate anywhere and we’re Excited to have it, It brings us more and more Opportunities like this Collegiate high School professional: we look forward to them Kayakers and it just Grows and grows every year and we’re just we’re. Fortunate to have this in our community [ Narrator ], Look them up! At FishKentuckyLake.

Com To learn more about Fishing with Cabela’s Collegiate Bass, Tournament series go to Collegiatebasschampionship.Com, This has been a Carecotv Presentation, Thanks for reading, We’ll see you next week, ( dramatic tone, )


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