2017 Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash Presented by Berkley Part 1

– Welcome to Kentucky
Lake in Paris, Tennesseefor the 2017 Cabela’s
Collegiate Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley. It’s spring break and
we’ve got a record fieldof anglers and they’re
all looking for a piece of the $30,000 in
prizes up for grabs. But there’s a storm loomingand things are about
to change in a big way. 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 gonna 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. – 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. – 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 basicallybrawning that to the whole team. – Yeah. – So it’s extremely
important to us. Last year, you know, we
talked about it a bunchbut 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 seasonand try to get votes at
every single tournament that qualifies for
the team of the year. – 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 decisionto cancel day two of this event. – It’s gonna change, you
know, it’s been in the 60’s here lately and then it’s
gonna drop down to 31in 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 waterand wait for it to warm back up. – It’s still gonna be
a slow fast pre fright. Fish are in every position. Deep, shallow, you name it. So it’s gonna be an
absolute awesome event. – 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. – Well, so
what are your thoughts? – I think it’s snowing. – We didn’t know it was gonna
be a blizzard this morning. – This is cool. I mean, this is
great Big Bass Bash. It’s fun, it’s fun tournament. – 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 Lakein 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 gonna 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. – 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. 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 gonna 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 gonna
do typical things. It’ll stick them
closer to cover. Maybe closer down to
the bottom, what not. We’re gonna, I think our goal, we’re gonna try
to find some rockthat is kind of out of the wind that’s gonna be, you
know, facing the sun. Typical winter time
stuff with a cold front. I’m gonna throw the sissy stick. 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. – 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. – Well, it’s definitely snowing. We’re waiting on the radar
looks like it’s gonna 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. – 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. – A rip rap– – The rip rap dam. The bridge at Paris Landing. – They
sent out a text sayingy’all can’t runs, tell
me, illiterate on that. – Well, I really
just don’t wanna 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. – 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. – 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 yearsso 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. – Is
it cold up there? – Yeah a little bit. – Did
you get a bigun? – I got a big one. – 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 bitthen hit the rock walls
around the marina. And we got them, we
got all our fish withinour first 30 minutes of fishing. It was, it was real good. It worked out well for us. – A 387 I
think is leading right now,you gonna 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 watch 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. – 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. – 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. – Here’s
a look at the resultsfor 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 Lakeand the 2017 Cabela’s
Collegiate Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley. And now, Ram Facts,
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not your fish finder. And by Henry County Tennessee. Welcome back to Kentucky Lakeand 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. – 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. – 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 thereon those rocks, a little
bit warmer water maybe. That’s my thought on it all. – Okay, we are
ready to start session two. Session two is presented
by Bob’s Machine Shop. – 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 Statestepping 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. – Here’s a
peek at the final resultsfor 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 gonna 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 themback up across that
ledge and those big fish are hanging out there
and just eating them as soon as they hit the ledge. – 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 Neecebringing in the biggest
fish of session three. – How much is it gonna 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. – 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 platformor just go to
CollegiateBassChampionship. com. Coming up, we’ll get
back out on the water for more tournament coveragefrom Kentucky Lake and the 2017 Cabela’s Collegiate
Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley. The Cabela’s Collegiate
Bass Fishing series is brought to you in part
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seventh annual Cabela’sCollegiate 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. – This is
Hunter Hatcher from Mississippi State University. – Caught a good fish. We were just coming
down through herekind of beating the bank
and got to a good point and settled down
and took some timeworking a little bit and
pulling a trap across itand snuck into a
pretty good one. Probably around eight pounds. We’ll see how it goes at
the scale a little later. – 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’sCollegiate Big Bass Bash
presented by Berkley. If you’re planning a
trip to Kentucky Lake, and no doubt, you’ll
wanna plan your stay in Paris, Tennessee. They’ve got all the amenitiesand 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. – 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 watching. We’ll see you next week.

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