2021 Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley – Day 2

On this episode of the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, we provide coverage from Day 2 of the 2021 Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley on Kentucky Lake in Henry County and Paris, TN.

Day 2 is the final day of tournament competition, as anglers compete for over $40,000 in prizes & contingencies and double points towards the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia. Today will consist of three weigh-in sessions. Sessions 1 and 2 will pay out the Top 10 largest fish. Session 3 will award prizes to the 20 largest fish in that two hour period. At the end of competition, the final overall standings will be calculated and remaining prizes awarded. The Top 5 in this event will automatically qualify to compete in the 2021 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops.

Camera crews begin the day with the 1st and 2nd place anglers following Day 1 of competition on Kentucky Lake. Anglers showed up to the boat ramp on Day 2 to dryer, and slightly warmer weather conditions. Each of these two boats of anglers are confident that they can capitalize on a strong morning bite in this scenario.

Here is a look at the session for Day 2:

Launch-9:30 AM Session 1 presented by Abu Garcia

9:30 AM-11:30 AM Session 2 presented by Tactacam

11:30 AM-1:30 PM Session 3 presented by Berkley

Tune in to watch final day coverage from the 2021 Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley at Kentucky Lake!

2021 Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley – Day 1 Part 2

On this episode of the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, we provide continued coverage from Day 1 of the 2021 Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley on Kentucky Lake in Henry County and Paris, TN.

On the previous episode, we took a look at the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia, introduced the Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley, and covered Day 1 Session 1 weigh-in presented by Engel Coolers. Day 1 action at Kentucky Lake is picking up as anglers begin to form a pattern out on this Tennessee River fishery.

The next weigh-in session anglers can compete in is Session 2 presented by HydroWave. First place for this session will earn a HydroWave H2, $200 Bass Pro Shops gift card, and a T-H Marine prize package. Anglers will be looking to best 5.25 pounds to claim the overall tournament lead.

Paris, TN and Henry County have long been supporters of collegiate bass fishing. The Association of Collegiate Anglers has been bringing premier college fishing events to Kentucky Lake for upwards of 10 years now. The Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce has been key in this long-lasting partnership. From providing meals at weigh-in, to support in a variety of other ways, Paris, TN and Henry County works to create a great atmosphere for anglers from all across the country to come to town and have a great time fishing Kentucky Lake.

Session 3 presented by Bass Pro Shops offers one of the most lucrative payouts in the entire event. First place for this hour will win a $1,000 Bass Pro Shops gift card. The Top 10 during this session will all earn Bass Pro Shops gift card of varying values, as well as an array of other different items.

The final session of the day is presented by Garmin. The winner of this session will earn a Garmin Panoptix LiveScope system, with 2nd and 3rd also receiving valuable prizes from Garmin. Stay tuned all the way through this episode, as the biggest fish of the day will be brought to the scales during Session 4!

2021 Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley – Day 1 Part 1

On this episode of the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, we provide coverage of the 2021 Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley on Kentucky Lake in Henry County and Paris, TN.

The Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley is one of the most storied events in all of collegiate bass fishing. This two-day big bass format event consists of seven weigh-in sessions, paying out a total of 80 places with over $40,000 in prizes and contingencies. Also on the line are valuable double points to count towards the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia. Schools will earn points for their two biggest fish inside of the Top 100 of the overall standings.

The University of Montevallo enters this event with a commanding lead in the School of the Year race. Over the course of the past eight months, the team from Alabama has earned over 11,000 total points. We had the opportunity to speak with several members of the team at Paris Landing State Park prior to Day 1 of tournament action. This brief feature highlights the accomplishments, expectations, and dedication of the University of Montevallo Bass Fishing Team as they continue the quest to win the school’s first ever School of the Year title.

In this episode, we will provide complete coverage from Day 1 Session 1 presented by Engel Coolers. First place in this session will earn a $300 Bass Pro Shops gift card and an Engel 50 cooler. Other prizes in this session include products from Tactacam, AFTCO, and BUFF®.

Tune in to watch Day 1 Part 1 coverage of the 2021 Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley!

2020 AFTCO Collegiate Bass Open

On this episode of the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, we provide complete coverage of the 2020 AFTCO Collegiate Bass Open. This is a two-day traditional format tournament contested on Lake Dardanelle in Russellville, AR.

The AFTCO Collegiate Bass Open is the second event of the 2020-2021 season out on the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series. Schools will be competing for double points in the race for Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia. Murray State enters this event ranked number one overall, and will be sporting the yellow BUFF® headwear out on the water.

Lake Dardanelle is set up to fish really well over the next two days. The bass are pushed up shallow and feeding up in time for the winter. Tune in to see great fish-catching action from the AFTCO Collegiate Bass Open!

2020 Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley Part 2

On this episode of the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, we provide coverage from Day 2 of the 2020 Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley. An overall winner will be crowned, including an update to the standings in the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia.

Day 2 of the Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley features a total of three weigh-in sessions. Sessions 1 & 2 will pay out the Top 10, and session 3 awards the Top 20. Here are the session sponsors for Day 2:

-Session 1 presented by Abu Garcia
-Session 2 presented by Berkley
-Session 3 presented by Bass Pro Shops

Dalton Kelly from Murray State University catches the winning bass on the final day of competition when anglers were permitted to only use Berkley baits. Dalton earns $6,000+ in prizes & contingencies, as well as 1,000 points for top-ranked Murray State in the race for Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia.

Tune in to watch exciting Day 2 coverage of the Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley!

2020 Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley Part 1

On this episode of the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, we provide coverage from Day 1 of the 2020 Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley. The event is taking place on Kentucky Lake at Paris Landing State Park in Henry County and Paris, TN.

The Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley is a two-day big bass format event. Day 1 consists of four weigh-in sessions paying out the Top 10 in each two-hour period. Here are the session sponsors for Day 1:

-Session 1 presented by Wiley X
-Session 2 presented by HydroWave
-Session 3 presented by Bass Pro Shops
-Session 4 presented by Garmin

The 2020 Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley is also the first double points event of the season in the chase for Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia. Murray State enters this event in first place. The winning angler at this weekend’s event will earn 1,000 points for their respective school, and the max number of points a school can earn is 1,995.

Tune in to watch exciting Day 1 coverage of the Bass Pro Shops Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley!

2020 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops – Day 2 Part 2


On this episode of the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, we provide coverage from Day 2 of the 2020 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops on Pickwick Lake in Florence, AL. At the end of competition today, one team will win the Championship event and a deserving school will be crowned Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia.

Day 1 leaders Bailey Fain & Preston Kendrick from Bryan College had a great start here on the final day. However, they’ve been relying on an early morning topwater bite, and once the sun gets high in the sky that bite will begin to fade. The Bryan College anglers experience a roller coaster of emotions as the final day moves along. Did they manage to catch enough weight to hold off the rest of this 200 boat elite field? We will find out when the teams return to McFarland Park for the final weigh-in.

Today’s weigh-in marks the end of a long season out on the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series. A National Champion will be crowned, and one school will be named the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia. Tune in to see who will take home some of the most prestigious titles in collegiate bass fishing!

2020 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops – Day 2 Part 1

On this episode of the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, we provide coverage from Day 2 of the 2020 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops on Pickwick Lake in Florence, AL. Camera crew members will begin the day with the Top 3 teams from Day 1. Tune in to see how these elite anglers fare on the final day of competition!

Day 2 coverage begins with Bailey Fain & Preston Kendrick from Bryan College. The duo weighed in over 19 pounds on Day 1 to claim a slim lead over second place. They are finding a majority of their success on topwater baits near the take-off site at McFarland Park. Will that bite continue on Day 2, and propel Fain & Kendrick to a National Championship? Only time will tell!

Sitting in second place are Cameron Rhodes & Mark Harris from Dallas Baptist University. They too weighed in over 19 pounds of bass on the first day of tournament competition. Like the first-place team from Bryan College, Rhodes & Harris are also not fishing the traditional offshore bite on the ledges of Pickwick Lake. This team is working a variety of baits over shallow grass flats just off the main river channel. The bite was strong on Day 1, now it’s time to see how they fare on Day 2!

Tune in for coverage from the first half of Day 2 at the 2020 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops!

2020 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops – Day 1 Part 2


On this episode of the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, we continue coverage from Day 1 of the 2020 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops on Pickwick Lake in Florence, AL. Anglers are finding a great deal of success out on the Tennessee River during the first day of competition, and are hoping to position themselves for a run at the title. Tune in as we wrap up on-the-water coverage and return to McFarland Park for Day 1 weigh-in.

Our crews remain with Bailey Bleser & Nate Doty from #1 ranked McKendree University as they are putting together one of the better limits of fish reported here on Day 1. Later in the show, Team Tactacam member Bailey Bleser introduces us to the Tactacam Fish-i Camera. Stay tuned to learn about this new action camera, and see footage captured by members of Team Tactacam.

Prior to weigh-in, we take a look at BoatUS, the title sponsor of this event. During Championship week, BoatUS is providing all competitors with free towing services on Wilson & Pickwick Lakes. BoatUS offers membership opportunities for boaters to access these privileges year-round.

Lastly, we return to McFarland Park in Florence, AL to weigh-in some fish. Who will take charge of the Day 1 lead? Find out on this episode of the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series.

2020 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops – Day 1 Part 1

On this episode of the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, we provide coverage from Day 1 of the 2020 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops on Pickwick Lake in Florence, AL. Over the course of two days of competition, anglers will be competing for $35,000 in prizes & contingencies, a National Championship trophy, and the title of Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia.

A bulk of the Day 1 coverage will be spent with Nate Doty & Bailey Bleser from number one ranked McKendree University. McKendree is the defending School of the Year winner, and is looking to become just the second team ever to win the title in back-to-back seasons. Nate & Bailey are on a strong offshore bite, and catch several good fish early on during the first day of competition.

Two other camera crews start with team members from both Adrian College and the University of Montevallo. Both of these programs are within striking distance of that first place spot in the School of the Year race. Each team is confident going into the first day of tournament action, but can they find the right bites to place some pressure on McKendree?

At the end of the show, we take a closer look at the host city for the Championship event, Florence, AL. The Association of Collegiate Anglers has been visiting Florence and Pickwick Lake to host premier bass fishing tournaments for going on 10 years. This quaint little town in northwest Alabama offers great shopping, dining, and recreational activities.

Tune in to find out about Florence, AL and see who can find an early bite out on Pickwick Lake during Day 1 of the 2020 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops.