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University of Tennessee Wins Inaugural Big Bass Bash presented by HydroWave

SAN ANTONO, Tx, March 28, 2011 - The 2011 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Series got off to an exciting start as Tennessee Volunteer, Bradley Cooper, landed a 6.78 pound largemouth bass to win overall big bass and day two big bass honors during the Big Bass Bash presented by HydroWave. The inaugural event was held at Pickwick Lake in Florence, Alabama on March 25 -27.

Cooper's 6.78 pound overall big bass, combined with a 4.29 pounder that he boated to win the 9:00am session award, netted him $3,500 in cash and prizes. Cooper reported that he caught the biggest bass on a Texas rigged Berkley Chigger Craw and the other on a Bomber crankbait.

"Pickwick Lake has become one of my favorite fisheries," said Cooper. "With grass flats, ledges, cypress trees, and several other types of cover and structure, everyone has the opportunity to fish their strengths and catch a really big bass. The good Lord blessed me with the quality bite needed to win the overall big bass award. I'm looking forward to using the prizes to compete at the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship and the Collegiate Bass Fishing Open presented by Pepsi." Cooper continued, saying "The format of the Big Bass Bash was tons of fun. The change of pace was awesome and is something I'd like to do more often! I would like to thank Florence/Lauderdale Tourism, BoatUS, HydroWave, Ranger Boats, Cabela's, Costa, Berkley, Abu Garcia, Columbia, Lazer TroKar, frogg toggs, and EOD Technologies for their support."

Day one of the event was cancelled due to severe weather affecting the entire north Alabama region, causing tournament organizers to adjust the format on day two. The revised format featured hourly weigh-ins beginning at 8:00am and the scales closed at 3:00pm. In addition to overall big bass and daily big bass awards, prizes were awarded for the five biggest bass each of the eight weigh-in sessions. The collegiate anglers were allowed to weigh only one bass per session and could not have more than three bass in their possession at any time; making it difficult to decide which session to bring a bass to the scales.

University of North Alabama's Isaac Broussard won day one big bass and the 10:00am session awards with a 5.90 pound Pickwick Lake lunker. Kyle Curry of University of Arkansas won multiple sessions with bass weighing 4.31 and 3.68 pounds. Other session winners included Kevin Bryant (4.35), Noah Kruzitski (4.63) and Tim Dobbins (4.08).

Almost forty competitors won prizes provided by the Association of Collegiate Anglers, HydroWave, Power Pole, Yamaha, Yamaha Generators, Pure Fishing, Cabela's, Costa sunglasses, Columbia Sportswear, Garmin, Daiwa, frogg toggs, Lazer TroKar, Big Bite Baits, Ranger Boats, American Rodsmiths and Activision.

The BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Series visits Lake Lewisville, Texas May 24 - 27 to determine the 2011 National Champions.

For more information about the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Series, please visit www.CollegiateBassChampionship.com

The BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship television series will once again be nationally televised with 18 half hours of coverage on the Versus, now part of the NBC Sports Group, beginning in August of 2011. Additional coverage of the BoatUS Collegiate Series can be seen on-line via streaming video.

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