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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The top bass fishery in the nation according to Bassmaster’s 100 Best Bass Lakes list will get a chance to prove just why it earned that top spot as the 2015 Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship will head to Sturgeon Bay, Door County, Wisconsin, for the first time in Elite Series history Sept. 17-20.
 
Open only to the Top 50 Bassmaster Elite Series anglers at the end of the 2015 regular season, the AOY Championship will pay out $1 million, an increase from $900,000 this year, said Bruce Akin, B.A.S.S. CEO.
 
“The $1 million prize purse will undoubtedly heat up the competition,” Akin said. “Each angler will have a lot at stake, including at least 36 Bassmaster Classic berths on the line, and $100,000 for the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year title. It’s sure to be one of the most exciting events of the season.”
 
“We are proud to partner with B.A.S.S. in showcasing the talents of the Bassmaster Elite Series anglers,” said Jim Baudino, engagement marketing manager for Toyota. “The Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship celebrates the achievements of the year’s most successful fisherman, and it’s a great format for involving fishing fans and their families in this sport.”
 
To qualify for the championship, an Elite Series pro must be No. 50 or higher in the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year points standings after the eight events of the 2015 regular season, including BASSfest. Points are earned by pros based on their finishes at each of those eight events.
 
“We are delighted and honored to partner with and welcome Bassmaster to Sturgeon Bay, Door County, Wisconsin,” said Todd Trimberger, Bassmaster event coordinator for the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center. “We have a fantastic destination to share with Bassmaster fans, competitors and their families. Door County is an incredibly scenic place with kind people and the best bass fishing in the country. We are excited to show the world!”
 
“It seems only appropriate that the 2015 Angler of the Year Championship will be crowned on the best bass fishery in the country,” said James Hall, editor of Bassmaster Magazine. “Sturgeon Bay was ranked No. 1 on Bassmaster Magazine’s 100 Best Bass Lakes list this year for two reasons.
 
“One, the population of smallmouth in Sturgeon Bay is second to none. But perhaps more importantly, the average size of the smallies here is world class. Place the world’s best bass anglers on a fishery that produces so many giant bass, and you have the potential for a history-making event.”
 
Fans will be able to enjoy the Sturgeon Bay competition during Toyota Bassmaster AOY Championship Week, which features a full schedule of activities, including daily takeoffs and weigh-ins, the Bassmaster Elite Series Expo and a special fan appreciation day.
 
Local hosts for the event are the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center, the City of Sturgeon Bay, the Door County Visitor Bureau and Door County.
 
Live coverage of the tournament will take place on Bassmaster.com.
 
Courtesy of BASS Communications.
 


 
Posted By Hawgsrus

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — B.A.S.S. has expanded the Bassmaster High School Series to three Opens for 2015 and has increased the number of ways high school anglers can qualify for the Bassmaster High School National Championship.

When B.A.S.S launched the Bassmaster High School Series in 2014, the series exceeded the number of anglers expected to participate within the first four months of the program’s inception. The sudden growth sparked a need to accommodate the demand for a youth fishing platform across the nation.

“The number of anglers who want to fish with us is really impressive,” said Hank Weldon, manager of the Bassmaster High School Series. “High School fishing has the potential to be the largest tournament series we have in terms of angler participation.”

Weldon said several new routes to qualifying for the 2015 Bassmaster High School National Championship have been added. In addition to berths earned through each participating state’s championship, high school anglers can qualify through sanctioned bass trails and through three regional Opens-format events.

“With the new format in 2015, we expect the field for the championship to grow even more,” Weldon said.

Beginning in January, anglers can qualify for the championship any of three ways: each state’s B.A.S.S. Nation’s Top 2 high school teams, the Bassmaster High School Opens presented by Carhartt and through B.A.S.S. Nation-affiliated High School trails.

“We wanted to offer high school students more opportunities to compete in the national championship,” Weldon said. “We want the best of the best fishing our championship, and this new format increases the number of chances for busy high school students to qualify.”

Weldon said two of the three High School Opens have been scheduled. The Bassmaster High School Southern Open presented by Carhartt, in partnership with the Alabama B.A.S.S. Nation, will be held Feb. 14, 2015, on Lake Martin, Alabama. And the Central Open, in partnership with the Southeast Texas High School Fishing Association, will be held March 14 on Toledo Bend Reservoir on the Texas-Louisiana border. A third Open slated for the Midwest will be announced later.

Similar to the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship qualifying structure, B.A.S.S will award one championship spot for every 10 participating teams in each tournament, after a minimum of 50 teams.

The High School Opens will be one-day tournaments with a briefing and sponsor greeting held the night before competition.

Additionally, B.A.S.S. is extending the team trail format into the high school ranks. Qualifying high school tournament trails that are members of the B.A.S.S. High School Nation will be offered national championship berths.

“We are fully committed to growing our High School B.A.S.S. Nation,” said Jon Stewart, B.A.S.S. Nation director. “The decision to invest more resources behind the High School Series was a no-brainer. The demand is there, and we know that 2015 is going to be very exciting for the growth of our sport.”


Courtesy of BASS Communications.