Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Press Release from PRVWSD about Bassmaster Tournament

Media Release
For Immediate Release
27 February 2018

Plenty to see at Bassmaster Open at The Rez
Event opens Thursday at Madison Landing in Ridgeland

Winners of the last three Bassmaster events on Barnett Reservoir highlight the field of 180 pros entered in the three-day Central Division Open that starts Thursday on the 33,000-acre lake near Jackson.

Sponsored by the City of Ridgeland Tourism Commission and the Barnett Reservoir Foundation, the event’s takeoffs and weigh-ins will be free to the public at Madison Landing in Ridgeland. The pros will be fishing for about $250,000 in prizes, including a first place package worth $52,000.

Among the top competitors are Dustin Connell of Alabama, winner of the 2017 Bassmaster Elite Series tournament in April, local angler Gene Bishop of Ridgeland, winner of the 2015 Central Open, and Randall Tharp, winner of the 2013 Central Open in October.

The field includes many other entrants from the Bassmaster Elite Series, and many of the reservoir’s top local talent. All 180 pros and assigned amateur partners will fish Thursday and Friday, but only the top 12 pros and amateurs will compete on Saturday.

All events related to the tournament are free.

After launching at Madison Landing, the boats will enter Main Harbor where they will stage before the 6:15 a.m. single-file takeoff. Pelican Cove restaurant will open at 5 a.m. Thursday through Saturday for coffee and a light breakfast, providing a perfect observation post.

Boats will return to Madison Landing in flights for the weigh-ins beginning at 2:15 Thursday and Friday at the Landing parking lot. The Barnett Reservoir Foundation will operate a concession area, and limited bleacher seating is available. The public is invited to bring folding chairs to view the weigh-ins.

Saturday’s final weigh-in is scheduled to move to the Bass Pro Shops store in Pearl, where the show begins at 3:15 p.m.

While the Madison Landing parking lost is closed to the public from midnight Wednesday through 8 a.m. Saturday morning, ample parking will be available around the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District office, as well as at Old Trace Park, just a short walk away. Visitors are asked to observe parking and no-parking signs, and not block entrances to neighborhoods, restaurants and roadways.

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