MOBILE, Ala. - January 5, 2001 -- Fifty-one of the world's best
amateur anglers will converge on Mobile, April 23-28 for the 2001 B.A.S.S. Federation Championship with two goals in mind.

        Amateur anglers from Canada, Japan, Italy, South Africa, Zimbabwe
and 46 states will compete for a $50,000 purse with the top angler from each B.A.S.S. Division earning a berth in this summer's 31st BASS Masters Classic.

        "The Federation Championship has much of the same drama and
excitement of the U.S. Amateur Golf Championship, but unlike the USGA which qualifies only the winner for a U.S. Open, B.A.S.S. qualifies the top angler from each of five geographic regions for our premier event, the BASS Masters Classic" said Al Smith, Director of the B.A.S.S. Federation which has a membership of over 50,000.

        The tournament waters offer a rich history of action dating all the
way back to the Spanish Conquistadors of the 1600s.  Anglers will test
their skills against the tidal waters of the Mobile Delta, which will
require a variety of fishing techniques.

        "We are very proud that B.A.S.S. has selected Alabama's Bass Trail
Tensaw Delta site in Mobile to host its' Federation Championship," said
Governor Don Siegelman. "We are very excited about the recognition that the Alabama Bass Trail has received since its creation last October."

        Visitors may also check out the newest products in outdoor
recreation at Expo 2001, the mammoth consumer show held in conjunction with the B.A.S.S. Federation Championship.

        Daily weigh-ins and Expo 2001 will be located at the Mobile
Convention Center.  Spectators won't want to miss the excitement and
anticipation build each day as the contenders vie for those Classic slots.

        The Port City has been a popular spot for B.A.S.S. sanctioned
events this past year. Thousands of fans were drawn to Battleship Park for both a BASSMASTER Top 150 tournament and a World Championship Fishing event.

        "The Mobile Tensaw Delta Trail site is a fantastic fishery that is
sure to provide an exciting tournament experience for both anglers and
spectators," said Alabama's Conservation Commissioner Riley Boykin Smith.
"We are proud to have developed the facilities and cooperative
infrastructure to attract tournaments such as this, as well as serving the
needs of Alabama's recreational anglers."

The B.A.S.S. Federation is an organization whose members plan, serve,
endorse, lobby and support conservation efforts, community service projects and youth programs.  The network of 51 federations and 2,800 clubs provides a critical lifeline from national ideas to widespread implementation and action.

Sponsors of the 2001 B.A.S.S. Federation Championship include: Ranger®Boats, RangerTrail® Trailers, Mercury® Outboards, Chevrolet® Trucks, Humminbird®/Zercom® Marine, Flowmaster® Exhaust Systems, Pennzoil Marine®, MotorGuide® Trolling Motors, Quantum® Rods and Reels, GMAC  Insurance, Gore-Tex® Outerwear, First USA Visa Card,, Berkley®  Trilene®, Berkley® PowerBait®, Eagle Claw® Fishhooks, Long John Silver's Restaurants, Kuhmo Tires, Mobile Sports Commission, the City of Mobile and
the State of Alabama.

For more information contact:
B.A.S.S. Communications
(334) 272-9530