Louisiana Sportsman Open Bass Championship offers $10,000 top prize

Bass tournament part of 33rd Annual Louisiana Sportsmen’s Show held at Lamar-Dixon Expo Center.

The first Louisiana Sportsman Open Bass Championship to be held March 10-11 in conjunction with the Louisiana Sportsmen’s Show offers anglers the chance to win a guaranteed $10,000 first-place prize.

“The Louisiana Sportsmen’s Show is the perfect venue for a bass tournament, offering a central weigh-location to highlight what a great fishery we have in South Louisiana,” show director Jack Fisher said.

The event, sponsored by Skeeter-Yamaha, will be a two-man team event with daily weigh-ins held at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.

All entrants will fish the first day, with the top 20 moving on to the final-day competition.

Entry fee is $200 per team, with an optional $20 big-bass pot. Teams are limited to no more than two anglers.

While the team that rises to the top of the field after the scales close is guaranteed to receive $10,000, each of the top 20 teams will receive a check.

“The 20th team will receive $500, based on 150 boats,” Fisher said.

Participants will launch from Doiron’s Landing in Stephensville, and can fish either the Lake Verret side or the Atchafalaya Basin.

Each team may weigh no more than five bass per day.

Fisher said anglers must launch and return to the same side of the levee – either on the Lake Verret side or at Doiron’s launch inside the Basin.

Anglers can launch and head to their waters beginning at 4:30 a.m., but cannot begin fishing until a time to be determined at a later date.

The teams must check in at the dock no later than 2:30 p.m. on the first day of competition and no later than 1:30 p.m. on the second day.

Any team missing those deadlines will be disqualified.

Boaters will have to trailer to Lamar-Dixon in time for the weigh-in. Scales close at 5 p.m. on March 10 and at 3:30 p.m. on the following day.

A captains’ meeting will be held on March 7 at Cabela’s.

Read full rules and download the registration form, and contact Tournament Director Cayce Gunter or call Gunter at 985.758.7939 with any questions.

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