ADRIAN, Mich.--The nationally-ranked Adrian College bass fishing team, now in its fourth season of intercollegiate competition, will begin the new campaign in the Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Event in Sam Rayburn, Texas, at Sam Rayburn Reservoir on Feb. 6-7.
Adrian comes into the 2017-18 season after a historic run the previous year. The Bulldogs finished their third schedule in team history by ranking No. 1 in the Association of Collegiate Anglers (ACA)/Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing School of the Year (SOY) standings, presented by Abu Garcia, for the second time since 2015. Last spring and summer alone, Adrian compiled four wins, five additional top fives, and eight other top ten finishes. The Bulldogs also shined at the state level by sweeping the school and student-athlete of the year awards from the Michigan College Bass Circuit.
Adrian opens the month of March with the Fishing League Worldwide Collegiate Open on the 6th and 7th on Kentucky Lake in Gilbertsville, Ky. Just three days later, the Bulldogs are back at it in the Cabela's Big Bash Bass on Kentucky Lake in Paris, Tenn.
The Bulldogs then travel south to Pickwick Lake in Florence, Ala., to compete in the three-day B.A.S.S Carhartt College Southern Tour April 19-21. Adrian finishes the month of April off by competing in the first of three FLW Northern Conference events at Smith Mountain Lake in Huddleston, Va.
The month of May is highlighted by four events for the Bulldogs. May 10-12, the team travels to Lake Cherokee, Tenn., to compete in the B.A.S.S Eastern Tour. The team will then compete in the Cabela's BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championships for two days on Pickwick Lake in Florence, Ala. The Bulldogs then finish May in the FLW Collegiate National Championships in Shreveport, La., on the Red River from May 30 through June 1, where they qualified six boats for another program benchmark.
July ushers in the second F.L.W Northern Conference event, this time in Seneca Falls, N.Y., on Cayuga Lake while August hauls in the six-day B.A.S.S National Championships with the site to be determined.
In September, the Bulldogs will compete in their final F.L.W Northern Conference event with this one being at nearby Lake Erie in Sandusky, Ohio. September also sees the Bulldogs competing in the B.A.S.S Northern College Open and in the Michigan State Championships.
October brings in the Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Open, the final event of the year for Adrian in Rogersville, Ark., on Lake Dardanelle Oct. 13-14.
Adrian finished first in the third F.L.W event at Lake Erie last year and looking to defend the top spot there once again. The duo of then-junior Chase Serafin and then-sophomore Cody Batterson won the season finale with a five-bass limit weighing 17 pounds, 2 ounces, to give the Bulldogs their second straight Northern Conference victory.
---Jake Krzyzaniak, Adrian Athletics intern