TOLEDO BEND TO HOST INAUGURAL CITGO BASSMASTER OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - In December, for the first time ever, the best anglers on
the CITGO Bassmaster Open Tournament Trail will compete against one another
in a championship. BASS officials announced today that the inaugural event will
be Dec. 4-7 on Toledo Bend Reservoir in Many, La.
The top 20 boaters and non-boaters from each of the four Open Divisions will
square off in the no-entry-fee event, whose winner will earn a berth in the CITGO
Bassmaster Classic presented by Busch Beer, as well as a $10,000 prize purse
and free entry into the CITGO Bassmaster Tour presented by Busch Beer.
"Toledo Bend is one of the great fisheries in the country," said BASS Tournament
Director Trip Weldon. "It will be a fantastic venue for the inaugural CITGO
Bassmaster Open Championship.
"The facilities at Cypress Bend are second to none. Geographically, this fits
perfectly for our championship and serves all four of our coast-to-coast divisions."
Dean Kessel, Vice President and General Manager of BASS, is expecting a
nothing but a terrific tournament. "I can't say enough about Toledo Bend. It's a
great fishery as well as a perfect town to hold an Open Championship. We are
very excited about this event."
Homer Humphries, a Louisiana native and frequent fisher of Toledo Bend is
excited to hear it's coming as well.
"It's going to be wild!" said Humphries. "The lake's going to be down and the
fishing's going to be good. It will be great to be home.
"It'll be great for the community, too. The town of Toledo needs a shot in the arm
and this news will excite a lot of people."
"The Sabine River Authority, State of Louisiana, welcomes the opportunity to
host a CITGO Bassmaster Open Championship on Toledo Bend Reservoir," said
Jim Pratt, Deputy Director of the Sabine River Authority. "This event affords us
the opportunity to showcase Toledo Bend Reservoir's magnificent strength as a
freshwater fishery, plus the diverse recreational and cultural amenities the area
and state have to offer.
"Such an event would not be possible without the cooperative team effort
demonstrated by the Sabine River Authority Board of Commissioners, Sabine
Parish Tourist Commission and Lt. Gov. Kathleen Blanco."
The tournament will put 80 boats in the water for the first two days, then will cut
to the top 12 boaters and non-boaters on Saturday, cutting to the Super Six
boaters on Sunday. The total prize purse for both boaters and non-boaters is
$290,850. The top five boaters will all receive $10,000 and entry onto the CITGO
Take off will be daily at 6:45 a.m. and weigh-ins will start at 3:00 p.m.
BASS is the world's largest fishing organization, sanctioning more than 20,000
tournaments worldwide through its Federation. In 2004, BASS will introduce
the all-new Bassmaster Elite 50 Series, a four-event, no-entry-fee circuit
featuring a $1.6 million prize purse for the world's best anglers. The CITGO
Bassmaster Tournament Trail presented by Busch Beer is the oldest and most
prestigious pro bass-fishing tournament circuit and continues to set the standard
for credibility, professionalism and sportsmanship as it has since 1968.
Sponsors of the CITGO Bassmaster Tournament Trail presented by Busch Beer
include CITGO Petroleum Corp., Busch Beer, Chevrolet Trucks, Yamaha
Outboards, Mercury Marine, Skeeter Boats, Triton Boats, Lowrance Electronics,
Flowmaster Exhaust Systems, Kumho Tires, Progressive Insurance, Abu Garcia,
Berkley, Diamond Cut Jeans, MotorGuide Trolling Motors, and BankOne.
Associate Sponsors include Bryant Heating and Air Conditioning and G3 Boats.
Local Sponsors include Savine River Authority, State of Louisiana.
For more information, contact BASS Communications at (334) 551-2375 or visit
2003 OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP PAYOUT
Boater Boater Non-Boater Non-Boater
Place Prize Money Free entries Prize Money Free Entries
1 $10,000 $11,550 $3,000 $3,000
2 $10,000 $11,550 $3,000 $3,000
3 $10,000 $11,550 $3,000 $3,000
4 $10,000 $11,550 $3,000 $3,000
5 $10,000 $11,550 $3,000 $3,000
6 $10,000 $3,000
7 $9,000 $2,500
8 $8,000 $2,000
9 $7,000 $1,800
10 $6,000 $1,600
11 $5,000 $1,400
12 $4,000 $1,200
13 $3,000 $1,000
14 $2,000 $800
15 $1,000 $600
16 - 80 $800 $400
Big Bass Boater Big Bass Non-Boater
$1,000 Per Day $400 Per Day
$4,000 Total $1,600 Total
Totals $161,000 $57,750 $58,500 $15,000
Total Payout Boater $218,750
Total Payout Non-Boater $73,500