Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley Heads to Kentucky Lake and Expectations are High

Kentucky Lake, one of the best-known bass fisheries in the nation, is set to play host to one of collegiate bass fishing’s premier events.  Anglers from across the country will be traveling to Paris, Tennessee to compete in the second stop of the Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series – the Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley. 

Taking place March 9th – 11th, the tournament is a big bass format event with anglers fishing for two days and a total of four weigh-in periods daily (every 2 hours). The expected field of over 500 collegiate anglers will be fishing for the chance to win the 80 plus prizes up for grabs.

This year’s event will feature a stacked field consisting of 15 of the top 20 ranked schools in the Cabela’s School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia standings.  Not only is there a chance for this to be the largest number of competitors to participate in an ACA event, it is guaranteed to be full of talented anglers.

“This is a great format that will reward collegiate anglers with sponsor prizes this weekend as well as play a pivotal role in determining the 2018 Cabela’s School of the Year,” said Wade Middleton, Director of the ACA and President of CarecoTV. “Once again, we are excited to be back at Kentucky Lake and Paris, TN. This year’s field will feature some of the top schools in the nation and will be nationally televised on several networks.”

Being a big bass format event, anglers will have the opportunity to win a bevy of prizes. Prizes will be

awarded for the ten heaviest bass weighed during each of the eight sessions over two days of action. In addition, the winner of the Power-Pole Overall Big Bass of the event will be awarded nearly $5,000 in prizes to go along with the prizes earned from winning their respective session. Take-off, along with all weigh-in sessions, will be held at Paris Landing State Park Marina.

Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley 2017 Winner – Evan Owrey-Bethel University.

“We are excited to once again host the Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley out of Paris Landing State Park on beautiful Kentucky Lake, one of the top bass lakes in the nation,” said David Hamilton, CEO, Henry County Tourism Authority. “Kentucky Lake offers over 160,000 acres of water for anglers to search for that great catch.”

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