Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Series prepare for Shootout on Lake Chickamauga
DAYTON, TENN. — Do you bleed orange or have a heart that sings, “Roll Tide!”? Regardless of your favorite collegiate athletic program — chances are they will have a bass fishing team competing in Dayton this weekend. Universities of Auburn, Alabama, and Tennessee are but a few of the top athletic programs in the country set to compete in Cabela’s Fifth Annual Collegiate Bass Fishing Open on Lake Chickamauga.
Last year’s event was televised in a three editions on NBC Sports. Video below features Day One coverage which begins by highlighting the city of Dayton and Rhea County’s Historic Courthouse.
While the largest schools in the nation will be competing in the event, bass fishing teams from North Alabama, Tennessee Tech, Bethel University and Murray State (who won the Chickamauga event last year) have dominated the series.
But one shouldn’t count out Bryan College who is already having a breakout season — currently ranked 16th out of 295 teams in national rankings. Bryan Anglers will be fishing on their home lake, a serious advantage for any team.
“We’ve performed pretty well in the tournaments we’ve had so far,” says Mike Keen, head coach of Bryan Anglers. “This event qualifies for a school of the year tournament. We could very well move up this weekend.”
Keen admits rising water levels and weather will likely play a factor but says he’d like to see his team add to the momentum they have gained this season.
“We’ve had a good Spring so far. One team, Devin Wallis and Johnathon Peck, qualified on Lake Norman for Bassmaster’s collegiate championship. For our first year that is a great accomplishment,” said Keen.
Cabela’s Collegiate Series anglers will hold their pre-tournament meeting and dinner at Dayton Family Church Friday evening and begin competition Saturday morning (April 18) from safe daylight to weigh-in at 3 P.M. Sunday (April 19) will mark the final day of the event with weigh-in at 3.PM. at Dayton Boat Dock.