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Collegiate fishing tourney season opens in Tennessee

With a major cold front approaching the Kentucky Lake area, organizers said the weather will play a major role.

The Cabela’s Collegiate Big Bass Bash Presented by Berkley this weekend at Kentucky Lake will be the first major Association of Collegiate Anglers event for 2017.

Organizers said the tournament, which is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, will pay out more than $30,000 in cash and prizes at Kentucky Lake in Paris, Tenn.

With a major cold front approaching the Kentucky Lake area, organizers said the weather will play a major role.

"Safety has always been a top priority for any of our events, both on water and on the road," Association of Collegiate Anglers director Wade Middleton said in a statement.

“We're currently monitoring the weather with officials in the area and will make a final determination on changes to the format, event schedule, as well as total amount of time we may or may not fish, based on the data we're getting from a variety of sources. The weather is certainly going to change the fishing strategies this week, as anglers will have to bundle up, probably fish in different manners, but all it takes is one bite in this format to win.”

The tournament’s format will allow for anglers to weigh in their catches during four daily sessions each day. Eighty places will be paid during the event.

The event is currently scheduled to have eight weigh-in sessions over two days, featuring a variety of prizes for the best fish caught.

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