Cabela's Collegiate Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley Wraps Up on Kentucky Lake!
SAN ANTONIO, TX (March 12, 2017) - Brrrrrrrrrr!! That was the feeling for the first 2017 event of the Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series. With a chance of snow showers expected late in the day, and seven to ten mile an hour winds forecasted, no one figured that by 7:00am there would be a solid covering of snow plus strong winds out of the north. The format of the 2017 Cabela's Collegiate Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley had already been changed from a two-days event to a one-day event due to the chance of inclement weather on Sunday.
"The first thing that comes to my mind with these events is the safety of the anglers. With the chance of inclement weather moving in late Saturday I felt moving this to a single day event was best. There is nothing we do that is worth putting these young men and women in a dangerous situation," said Wade Middleton, Director of the Association of Collegiate Anglers.
With 519 anglers competing, from 84 schools across the nation, the Cabela's Collegiate Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley was the largest collegiate bass fishing tournament to date! And these 519 anglers really showed a ton of maturity with how well they handled the weather this morning. Once the snow let up around 9:30am, the fish became more and more active throughout the day. Most of the reports from the early weigh-in sessions were that the anglers were still concentrating on the same areas they had pre-fished and fishing different reaction baits to get those early bites.