Coverage of the 2017 Cabela's Collegiate Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley will be right here!  Check back often for the latest insights about what's happening on the water, which teams are catching them, and more!

Photo Gallery!

For those of you that would like to keep up and view all the photos or even look back at past events from the series, be sure and check out the photo gallery where you'll see photos from each day, on the water action, and more.  

Tournament Day


Last and final session has begun!

The stage is getting all set up for the winners to recieve their prizes.

Awesome to see so many female anglers fishing the event and competing at the collegiate level.

We have a new big bass of the event and we finally broke the 8lb mark with a 8.49 monster bass. Evan Owrey from Bethel University caught that fish in only 2 foot of water.




Nine fish already have come across the stage in session 6

With 12 min left in session six 5.75lbs is in first place

Prizes are starting to come out at the Cabela's Collegiate Big Bass Bass presented by Berkley Fishing. Look at all the Garmin Outdoor products these anglers are competing for.

McKendree University Bearcats are out in force supporting their fishing team. 


New tournament leader!! 7.59lbs Scott Ellis from the University of Tenn.


Always a fun time chatting with the anglers.

Bethel is back on top for session 4 

Here we go. Guys are coming back to the scales.


Session three has begun and already a 5.09lb across the stage

Anglers are arriving at the tanks to weigh in their catch

15 min left and guys are still coming to the stage.


New Big fish of the event just came across the stage with a 7.57 from Corey Neece - Tusculum College 





First fish is a 2.21 from the University of Louisville

Fish are coming to the stage despite the cold and snow. Big fish is currently 3.87 from Andrew Fogle -  Northern Illinois Univ.

Lots of 2 and 3 pounders coming to the scale



Ok we are going to do a giveaway for each hour today.

First prize will be for the closest guess to big fish for the hour.

Second we will have a bonus prize if someone guesses the exact weight.

Make your guess in tenths ex. 5.09 pounds

For the first hour we will be giving away a 18.5" ProRule Measuring Board. All guesses must be in by 8:00am CST. Make all entries on our Facebook or Instagram.


Here is a little look at launch this morning!


To all the angelrs fishing the tournament today, if you have not launched your boat please hold tighht and wait till the weather passes. If you have launched stay where you are. DO NOT attempt to run or move to a new location. Wait until the weather clears to move or lauch your boat.



Snow has arrived in the area. Be sure to stay SAFE and SLOW down this morning. The snow won't last long so remember safety first. 


Friday, March 10th - FINAL PRACTICE DAY


Registration is complete for the 2017 Cabela's Collegiate Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley. Be sure to check out the blog all day tomorrow for updates on how the anglers are doing.



Ram Trucks are in the house at registration tonight.



Pulling back some of the teams for a little time in front of the camera. Always fun hearing about how fishing has been and how much they enjoy competing at the collegiate level.


Looks like we have some coaches in the house!!


"It is an amazing sight to see the registration and dinner be standing room only tonight here in Paris, Tennessee. I want to sincerely thank all the folks in Henry County and Paris, TN for their support to help make this event possible. Finally I want to thanks the college anglers who support all our Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series events annually as well as it quite humbling for our whole team to see all these great anglers from schools across the nation getting ready to fish tomorrow."  

                                                                                                    -Wade Middleton



Registraiton for the 2017 Cabela's Collegiate Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley has begun.


Anglers are starting to pull off the water to head to registration.


Anglers are still out on the water finalizing their strategy for tomorrow's big day. They don't have much longer before they have to be in and head to Henry County Fairgrounds for tonights angler check-in/dinner/pre-tournament meeting.


Those winds are no joke!


Our staff is busy organizing prizes for tomorrow's 8 sessions! Presenting sponsor, Berkley, has provided these tackle bags w/bait & line for places 7th-9th in each session!


Adrian College is launching their boat, towed by their Ram Truck, for the last practice day before the event.


We've been seeing a lot of different schools today!



Due to winter weather for the Kentucky Lake area, the event has been changed from a two-day event to a one-day event that will feature all 8 weigh-in sessions.  


Some teams are just getting their first day of practice in today, like Clay Johnson and Ethan Raleigh from MoreHead State University. They drove 5 and 1/2 hours to be here and are hoping to have a good day on the water. Johnson and Raleigh, who are also a part of 2017 Garmin College Fishing Team, are looking to go south on this final day of practice. 

Big Bass prediction - 7.5 to 8.5 pounds to win


Good Morning from Kentucky Lake! Anglers are headed out for their last day of practice before the tournament begins tomorrow.


Thursday, March 9th

Teams loading up their boats and calling it a day!
While most teams were out on the water testing out spots, Greenville College's 
Daniel Ellebburg and Chris Brooks spent the day mapping. They strongly think that the fish are gonna pull back.

Big Bass prediction - 8.5lbs, maybe a 9lbs


Andrew Marquez and Jesse Mann from MoreHead State have had a good day on the water. Pretty good fish, had one 4+ pounder. Cold front is going to change it all up. Pattern will change completely for most teams.

Big Bass prediction - 7-8lbs


UT-Martin's bass anglers, Cameron Moore and Jacob Stone, say that fishing is tough. So far they have caught a few 3-4 pounders. They are catching them shallow, but feel that the weather is gonna push them back. 

Big bass predictions - 7.02lbs