Wednesday, March 4, 2015

This Week at the Rez

Below is the weekly email from the PRVWSD:

·        Weather Warnings
Residents should take necessary precautions for the expected winter weather Thursday.  Deicer will be distributed on the Spillway, but caution is advised during the period temperatures drop below freezing.

·        Save the Date:
2015 Project REZway!  April 23rd
The Reservoir area’s annual recycle fashion show and gala event that promotes the importance of recycling while raising funds for Keep the Rez Beautiful.  April 23rd at the Mississippi Crafts Center.  For more information visit: https://keeptherezbeautiful.wordpress.com/
 
·        B.A.S.S. Tournament – 2015 Bass Pro Shops Central Open #1
March 12th thru 14th
Madison Landing, Ridgeland MS
Been noticing a lot of out of state boats on the lake and in the parking lots at the ramps the past few weeks and wondering why?

It's because the first event on the B.A.S.S. Central Open tour will be held on Barnett Reservoir March 12-14, out of Madison Landing. About 200 pros and 200 co-anglers are expected, with a mix of national touring professionals and local experts competing for a first place prize valued at about $48,000 and a much-coveted berth in the 2016 Bassmaster Classic.

Blast off will be staged in the waters off Main Harbor/Madison Landing at first safe light each morning, usually around 6:45 or 7. Weigh-ins, which are free to the public, will be held beginning around 2:45 or 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Madison Landing ramp. On Saturday, the field will be reduced to the top 12 pros and co-anglers and after fishing, they will caravan to Bass Pro Shops in Pearl for the final weigh-in. Official times will be posted next week.

While Madison Landing will remain open to the public during the event, it is advised that local boaters seek other launch sites. Traffic will be increased in the afternoon hours on Thursday and Friday as the contestants depart.

The Rez and B.A.S.S. connection:
The March 12-14 Central Open tournament will be the 11th time B.A.S.S. has brought a tournament to Barnett Reservoir. The two share quite a history.

The Rez is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015. It was impounded in 1965, and soon afterward became famous for its bass fishing. Ray Scott, a Birmingham-based businessman, was in town to fish with friends and make sales calls when weather forced him to stay in his Ramada Inn room on Highway 80.

That day, Scott envisioned the formation of a national fishing group, which later became the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society. During its first six years, B.A.S.S. brought an event to The Rez and they were dominated by Bill Dance and Roland Martin, who built that success into TV stardom.

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