Team Seaborn Take Home $10000 Bass Fest 2017 Top Prize

by | Oct 9, 2017 | Bass Fishing, County News, Cullman, Images, Interviews, Sports, Videos

Plenty of bass were caught by anglers participating in the Bass Fest at Smith Lake Park.

Total basket weights were down slightly from last year. Bass sharps we talked to believe the overcast conditions contributed to larger fish being scattered around the lake.

The 4th annual Bass Fest & Musical Festival came off exactly as planned on Saturday at Smith Lake Park.

Last day entries drove attendance up to 201 total boats filled with amateur anglers from Cullman County and beyond.

We speak with Cullman County Parks & Rec Director Doug Davenport in this pre-dawn interview from the boat launch area:

This top-flight event began Friday evening at 6 pm inside the Cullman County Agricultural Complex. The north bleachers were filled with anglers eager to understand the ground rules and guidelines of this year’s tournament.

Anglers began arriving Saturday around 3:00 am at the Smith Lake Park boat launching area.

With machine-like precision, Davenport and his staff somehow got those 200 boats launched into the water for the 6:20 am blast-off. The blast-off was preceded by both a prayer and the national anthem as the sun was rising to the east:

The fishermen were sent out in highly organized sequential order with careful pre-planning and guidance from the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office lake patrol vessel. The early morning temperatures were far warmer than in year’s past.

Entrants in the 2017 edition of Bass Fest spent the next 8.5 hours out on the lake attempting to fill their live wells with up to five (5) weighable fish. The weather was overcast with the looming threat of rain from the advancing Tropical Storm Nate.

The weigh-in portion of Bass Fest 2016 open at 3:00 pm with anglers bringing fish to stage right up to 5:00 pm.

Cullman County Parks & Recreation provided stadium seating for the over 150 spectators on hand. Coffee was served to all entrants earlier in the morning and meals were made available for free to all after their fishing day ended.

The winners of the highly coveted first prize of $10,000 went to Team Seaborn (Jonathan & Benjie Seaborn). Their five fish weighed in at 14.97 pounds.

Jeremy Hopper & Gabe Pearce won $500 for reeling in the day’s biggest bass at 5.16 pounds.

You can see the full video of the stage presentation of the winners in this video:

Mark your calendar for Bass Fest 2018.

This tournament is destined to be bigger and more importantly, better than ever.

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Bass Fest 2017 at Smith Lake Park

Team Seaborn Take Home $10000 Bass Fest 2017 Top Prize

Timothy Collins

Originally from Asheville, NC, Timothy brings an insightful holistic perspective as well as a mountain man tenacity to his various roles at Cullman Today. You can reach him at cullmantoday@gmail.com and/or (256) 615-8260.