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Cabela's Collegiate Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley Sees Big Fish on Day 1

by: Amanda Gutierrez,

Brendan Madden from McKendree University finished at the top of the pack with a 7.14 lb largemouth.
Photo by Cabela's Collegiate Big Bass Bash
(Mar 10, 2018 - San Antonio, TX)

The scales are closed,results are in, and prizes have been handed out here in Paris,TN on day 1 of the 2018 Cabela's Collegiate Big Bass Bash presented by Berkley.  Nearly 500 of the top collegiate anglers took to Kentucky Lake in search of some healthy pre-spawn bass.  The total amount of prizes up for grabs this weekend are worth $35,000.  Top 10 finishers in each of the eight sessions today and tomorrow will win a variety of those prizes.
Action started early this morning as anglers got to work quickly catching these Kentucky Lake bass.  Brendan Madden from McKendree University finished at the top of the pack when scales closed for session one.  Madden's 7.14 lb largemouth bested the second place fish in this session by nearly half a pound.

As anglers made their way across the weigh-in stage during this first session, it became very evident how a majority of the field were catching their fish.  Reaction baits were the key.  Crankbaits, lipless crankbaits, and spinnerbaits were all popular baits mentioned by the anglers.  
About the ACA
The Association of Collegiate Anglers, a division of Careco TV, is a sanctioning body developed to facilitate growth, development, and structure within competitive collegiate bass fishing. The ACA provides support to dozens of school operated regional events nationwide and owns the Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, the largest participatory collegiate tournament circuit in the country.  With dedicated collegiate fishing programming on several television networks, four nationally televised collegiate bass fishing events, and thousands of members, the ACA is the leader in competitive collegiate bass fishing.