CELEBRATION, Fla. – Besides the eighth event of the Bassmaster Elite Series – the Champion’s Choice – there will be plenty for fishing fans to do and see July 12-15 at Plattsburgh, N.Y., and Lake Champlain.
While 108 of America’s best bass pros are out on Champlain in search of the bass that will win the $100,000 top prize, fans from all aroundNew York will be enjoying a variety of festivities in conjunction with the daily launches and weigh-ins at the city of Plattsburgh’s Boat Basin.
“We are really excited about having this tournament here again this year,” city official Rick Perry said. “We’re looking forward to a good tournament.”
Local committee members expect several thousand spectators to attend the four-day event. Committee members are encouraged by the turnout for the 2006 Elite event held in Plattsburgh.
On Friday before the tournament week, July 6, six Elite Series pros are expected to be special guests at a festival associated with the annual Mayor’s Cup sailing regatta on the big lake. Fireworks, hot air balloon rides and a concert on the beach are planned. Festivities run from 6 to 11 p.m.
The fun continues on 4 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon with the Angler Alley event, which will be held at the Crete Memorial Civic Center located at Plattsburg City Beach. Fans can meet Elite Series competitors and see their specially wrapped boats.
Thursday and Friday’s weigh-in and launch are open to the public.
On Saturday and Sunday, numerous local businesses will have booths at the weigh-in site at the Waterfront Park.
The daily launches and weigh-ins at Plattsburgh Boat Basin at 5 Dock Street are open to the public. The launches begin at 5:30 a.m. ET.; the weigh-ins are at 3 p.m.
Fishing fans can catch the action on The Bassmasters the following weekend, at 9 a.m. ET Saturday, July 21, on ESPN2.
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