A brand new 130-day-long tournament featuring 100 specially-tagged bass worth $1,000 each kicks off this Friday at Toledo Bend.

The first-ever BassCashBash runs May 1 through Sept. 7, and the entry fee is $50. The very first tagged bass caught by a registered participant will win $5,000.

“As far as I can tell, it’s the first tournament of its type for bass anywhere in Louisiana,” said P.D. Vinson, tournament director. “For those 130 days, you can fish at your leisure, possibly winning significant prize money on Toledo Bend — currently one of the nation’s hottest lunker bass lakes.”

In addition to being able to win $1,000 for catching one of the special blue-tagged bass that are already roaming the reservoir, registered anglers who catch 10-pound-plus lunkers also qualify for cash.

The biggest bass taken during the tournament will win $5,000, with the second-place fish earning $2,000. Third through 10th place lunkers earn $1,000 each, with 11th through 200th place fish earning $500.

“In looking at last year’s records, there were 13 lunkers 10-pounds or over taken from May 1 through Sept. 7,” Vinson said. “We have four official weigh stations on and around Toledo Bend to check-in a tagged bass or weigh a 10-pound or better lunker.

“We consulted with the Toledo Bend Lake Association so that our official weigh stations coincide with their lunker program, so than any 10-pound or better bass would only have to be weighed at one location to qualify for both our tournament and the Toledo Bend Lunker Bass Program.”

Official tournament weigh stations are Toledo Town and Tackle, Fin & Feather Resort, Huxley Bay Marina and Buckeye Landing.

Anglers can register for the tournament online or at any one of the official weigh stations, plus these locations: Cajun Tackle in Lake Charles, Bacon’s Tackle in Shreveport, B.A.’s Hunting & Fishing in Rosepine, Tidbits & Tackle in Anacoco, Lake Charles Tackle and Daley’s Hunt & Fish in Nederland, Texas.

The tournament hopes to raise enough money this year to contribute $5,000 to three non-profit organizations, Vinson said.

For more information on the tournament, visit BassCashBash.com.