– Welcome to KentuckyLake in Paris, Tennesseefor the 2017 Cabela’sCollegiate Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley. It’s spring break andwe’ve got a record fieldof anglers and they’reall looking for a piece of the $30,000 in prizes up for grabs. But there’s a storm loomingand things are aboutto change in a big way. For 519 Collegiateanglers on spring break, it doesn’t get any better than this. Paris, Tennessee, on theshores of Kentucky Lake. This is the seventh annual Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley. – I think it’s gonna bea real fun tournament. ‘Cause with the multiple sessions,all the prizes and it’sjust kind of laid back,having a good time pretty much. – A regular just fivefish 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 recordfield on hand this weekend. There’s an unprecedented84 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 cominginto 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, wetalked about it a bunchbut we didn’t, we didn’tset 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 effectivethroughout the seasonand try to get votes atevery 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 wherethey’re at but I suspect it’ll pull them back. They’ll try to get awayfrom that cold waterand wait for it to warm back up. – It’s still gonna bea slow fast pre fright. Fish are in every position. Deep, shallow, you name it. So it’s gonna be anabsolute 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, sowhat 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 visitCollegiateBassChampionship. 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’sCollegiate Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley. Stay close. The Cabela’s CollegiateBass 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 snowcoming 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 fishedin 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 themcloser 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 timestuff 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 battlingit 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 inand 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, tellme, illiterate on that. – Well, I really just don’t wanna put nobody in danger, I mean, look at this. There’s no way possiblethat you could run. I mean, you can’t see10 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, puther right there. From Auburn University. This fish needs to be348 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 toget a couple, few bites. You know, we’re leading too many yearsso we’re trying to getsome solid fish up here. – You’ve done it. Now you’ve got that double points for this event. – We’ll try, well we’llget 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 justrough 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 wallsaround the marina. And we got them, wegot 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’allcaught 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’sTaylor 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 thereGavyn, 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 thinkingfour 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, broughtto you by Prorule and Eagle Claw Trokar. There are still sevenhourly 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’sCollegiate Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley. And now, Ram Facts, brought to you by Dodge Ram and the all new 2017 Ram 1500. The Cabela’sCollegiate 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. Welcome back to Kentucky Lakeand the 2017 Cabela’sCollegiate 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 showeroff 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 beforeyesterday, in practice, that were sunning themselves on some sandy ledges and they’re not there anymore. So we’re thinking theyjust 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 stillbe hitting moving baits. Just they’re not wantingthe 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 littlebit warmer water maybe. That’s my thought on it all. – Okay, we are ready to start session two. Session two is presentedby 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 tooksecond with one pushing the scales to 532. But it was Spencer Guthrie from Kennesaw Statestepping up and winningsession 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 twopresented by Bob’s Machine Shop. Moving right into session three, presented by Cabela’s. Louisiana State’s DakotaSparks 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 slowrolled it on the bottom, a little bit deeper water. – That’s the first we’veheard 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 thatledge 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 biggestfish 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 withthe Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing series on your favorite social media platformor just go toCollegiateBassChampionship. 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 CollegiateBass 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 theseventh 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 ofpower fishing right now. Covering a lot of water. I think the fish areshallow 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 outbetween these points. And all in between these jocks. That’s where out betterfish 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 bankand got to a good point and settled down and took some timeworking a little bit andpulling a trap across itand snuck into apretty 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 Bashpresented 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 ourmain 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 toCollegiateBassChampionship. com. This has been a CarecoTV Presentation. Thanks for watching. We’ll see you next week.