The 9th annual Amateur Berkley Big Bass Challenge hosted by BassChamps will take place on Lake Fork, Texas. The 2 day event is set to start on October 18th , 2014. The big money event will take place out of Lake Fork Marina and continues to grow in popularity as over 800 anglers last year vied for over $100,000 in cash and prizes including two Skeeter bass boats.
While everyone is vying for the biggest bass over and under the slot limits to win the Skeeter boats, most checks are for fish in the 2-4 pound range, however many checks have been handed out over the years for smaller fish even down to a .92! The rules do not allow professional anglers to fish the tournament and this opens the field for the weekend tournament warriors and recreational angler to win some money, have fun and also a shot at winning a new Skeeter boat.
Each hour an angler can bring one fish to the scales to try and stay in the running for a chance to receive one of the hourly cash awards. The unique aspect of this tournament is that only Berkley, Sebile and Johnson baits can be used during the challenge.
“It is exciting to have the 9th annual Berkley Challenge. This fun amateur event allows us to showcase the full spectrum of our baits” said Andrew Marks, Field Marketing Director for Berkley. “It is challenging to not only adjust to some of the new baits that are being used, but also the added strategy of when to weigh in your fish that lends a unique twist making it fun for everyone.”
Some new bait’s this year include the Berkley Havoc Money Maker designed by B.A.S.S. Pro Brandon Palaniuk along with the PowerBait Fight N’ Bug. The brand new Sebile Pivot Frog will be given to all angers and this bait has not even hit the stores yet! This is the newest bait designed for bass by legendary angler, Patrick Sebile, who has over 350 IGFA records and caught over 700 species of fish.
The Berkley Experience trailer, a 60-foot event center, will be on site for the entire event beginning Friday afternoon, October 17th. The trailer features educational seminars on line selection, reel maintenance, rod selection and selecting the right bait, a knot tying station and competition, bait demonstration tanks and many other fun elements designed to help the angers Catch More Fish. Lake Fork Marina will be partnering with the Experience trailer and will have a good selection of baits for sale, if anglers have not already stocked up for the tournament.
More information can be found at www.basschamps.com
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