MANY, La. Due to unsafe weather conditions and in the best interest of all concerned, BASS announced the cancellation of the first day of competition for the Bassmaster Central Open on…
MANY, La. Due to unsafe weather conditions and in the best interest of all concerned, BASS announced the cancellation of the first day of competition for the Bassmaster Central Open on Toledo Bend Reservoir, scheduled for Thursday, March 5. The remaining two days of competition, set for Friday, March 6, and Saturday, March 7, remain as previously scheduled.
The full field of anglers will fish the final two days of the tournament with the heaviest cumulative weight taking home the $45,000 top prize.
Also at stake for the pros is valuable points toward qualifying for the 2010 Bassmaster Elite Series season and the 2010 Bassmaster Classic, set for Feb. 19-21 out of Birmingham, Ala. Co-anglers are competing in the Opens for the top prize of a boat/motor package valued at $32,000.
Fans are invited to attend the Opens daily launches and weigh-ins at Cypress Bend Park, 3462 Cypress Bend Drive, Many, La. Anglers will launch their boats at 6:30 a.m. CT and the weigh-ins are scheduled to begin at 2:35 p.m. All activities are free and open to the public.
Bassmaster.com will present live, streaming video and real-time leaderboards throughout the competition beginning daily at 3:35 p.m. ET. Daily results and photo galleries will also be available at Bassmaster.com.
Sponsors of the 2009 Bassmaster Opens: Toyota Trucks, Berkley, BOOYAH Baits, Evan Williams Bourbon, Mercury, OPTIMA Batteries, Skeeter Boats, Yamaha Marine.
For more than 40 years, BASS has served as the authority on bass fishing. With its considerable multi-media platforms and expansive tournament trail, BASS is guided by its mission to serve all fishing fans. Through its industry-leading publications Bassmaster Magazine, BASS Times and Fishing Tackle Retailer and comprehensive Web properties in ESPN360.com, ESPNs sports broadband network, Bassmaster.com and ESPNOutdoors.com, the organization is committed to delivering content true to the lifestyle. Additionally, television programming on ESPN2 continues to provide relevant content from tips and techniques to in-depth tournament coverage to passionate audiences.
The organization oversees the prestigious Bassmaster tournament trail, which includes the Bassmaster Elite Series, Bassmaster Opens, Womens Bassmaster Tour and the Bassmaster Classic, the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing. Through its grassroots network, the BASS Federation Nation, BASS sanctions more than 20,000 events annually.
BASS also offers an array of services to its more than 500,000 members while spearheading progressive, positive change on issues related to conservation and water access. The organization is headquartered in Celebration, Fla.