Paris, TN (10/03/2019) – Registration has concluded and we are now less than 12 hours away from the start of the 2019 Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley. Nearly 350 college anglers have made the trip to Paris, TN and Kentucky Lake to compete for loads of prizes and valuable School of the Year points. In order to earn those various items, anglers will need to catch the biggest fish of the week to take home top prize. This big bass format event promises to be exciting, and Kentucky Lake is primed to kick out several giant bass during tournament competition.
One of the hot topics at registration tonight is: ‘How is the fishing out on Kentucky Lake?” As is the case with tournament anglers, some will sand bag, a few won’t say much, and others will tell the truth. Taking that all into account, everyone seems to be on the same page. Fishing is tough right now. “We only got out there for a few hours today, but it’s tough. Typical fall fishing,” said Lucas Lindsay of Auburn University.
The lake has gone through its winter drawdown and a vast majority of the abundant shoreline cover is out of the water. Combine that with unseasonably warm temperatures, and you’ve got the makings for a tough tournament. But you can’t lose sight of the fact that these are some of the best young anglers in the country. If there’s a bass out there willing to bite, someone is going to catch it. Trevor McKinney of McKendree University noted that his partner caught a four pounder in practice, and was also catching a good number of keeper fish.
In typical fall fashion, a wide variety of baits will be in play. When it comes to moving baits, a topwater and crankbait should see a lot of action. “If it cools off, there could be a great topwater bite,” noted Jordan Hartman of Murray State University. Now for soft plastics, just about any style of bait could trigger a bite. That ranges from finesse worms, swimbaits, creature baits, and much more.
One unique element of the 2019 Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley is that competitors will be permitted to use only Berkley baits on day two of competition. Anglers were provided baits at registration tonight, and many anglers have shared pictures and stories of shopping for Berkley products leading up to the event. We will provide more information on this during day two of competition.
Last thing of note that we will be keeping an eye on, the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia. Adrian College enters this event in first place, and will be sporting the BUFF® Headwear Yellow Jersey both days. They hold roughly a 1,400 point lead over second place. A number of teams in the top 10 for School of the Year are here at Paris, TN this week. The opportunity for double points will provide the chance for a giant shakeup once the scales close on day two.
The 2019 edition of the Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley is set to be a great event. Live coverage will begin tomorrow morning early. The first flight of boats will leave from the dock at 7:00 am. Be sure to follow along on our website and social media pages for the latest news and updates.
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About the Association of Collegiate Anglers
The Association of Collegiate Anglers (ACA), a division of CarecoTV, is a tournament organization created to facilitate growth, development, and structure within competitive collegiate bass fishing. The ACA created the original BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Series,14 seasons ago, which is now the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, and the longest running collegiate bass fishing series in existence. The ACA provides support to dozens of school operating regional events nationwide and owns the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, Bass Pro Shops School of Year Program, and associated assets. The ACA also provides the largest amount of televised coverage of any collegiate fishing series with dedicated programming on several television networks ranging from CBS Sports, Pursuit Channel, World Fishing Network, as well as other regional and national networks. For more information on the ACA or the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, visit www.CollegiateBassChampionship.com. For more information on Bass Pro Shops, visit www.BassProShops.com. For more information on CarecoTV, visit www.CarecoTV.com.