Florida South Returns to Lake Okeechobee
ATHENS, Ala. – The Florida South Division of the 2019 Bass Pro Shops Open Series operated by American Bass Anglers will returns on February 9, 2019, on Lake Okeechobee in Okeechobee, FL.
The competitors will launch at Scott Driver Park, located at 10100 W Hwy 78, Okeechobee, FL 34974. Anglers may begin fishing at 6:45 a.m. or safe light. The weigh-in will begin at 3:00 p.m. Registration begins at 4 p.m. local time at Scott Driver Park with the tournament briefing to begin at 7:00 p.m. Friday evening.
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To enter, anglers fishing the Boater Division pay $210 with co-anglers paying $105. The payout for all events will be based on the number of entries, for one-day divisional events, $5000 will go to the wining boater based on a minimum of 60 boats, for each 2-day Area Championship $10,000 for boaters and $5,000 for co-anglers based on 100 boats. Anglers fishing the Boater Division may weigh in up to five bass, each at least 12 inches long with an exemption permit available at registration. Co-anglers may weigh in up to three bass.
In addition to cash and prizes for top finishers, boater and co-angler competitors fishing this tournament and Bass Pro Shops Open Series events throughout the season may also win contingency bonuses from such sponsors as Triton Boats, Mercury Outboards, MotorGuide, T-H Marine, Nitro Boats, Tracker Marine, Berkley and Power Pole. See the manufacturer web sites for specific details on how to qualify for these bonuses.
Limit: 5 bass for Boaters / 3 bass for Co-Anglers
Size Limit: 12" with a Signed Exemption Permits. Exemption Permits will be available at registration.
Take Off: 6:45am or Safe Light
Weigh In: 3:00pm
Time Zone: Eastern
Locking is allowed EXCEPT to Kissimmee River, Caloosahatchee River and Port St. Lucie Canal.
BEST WESTERN Lake Okeechobee
3975 Highway 441 S, Okeechobee, FL, 34974
Okeechobee County Tourism Department Council
499 Northwest 5th Avenue
Okeechobee FL 34972
Phone: (863) 763-3959
Fax: (863) 763-5785
C. Scott Driver Park
10100 West Highway 78
Okeechobee FL 34972
Phone: (863) 763-3959
Fax: (863) 763-5785
Registration will be held on Friday, February 8, 2019, at the ABA Stage Trailer under the pavilion at Scott Driver Park from 4:00pm to 6:30pm with the meeting and partner pairing at 7:00pm.
Lake Placid Marine
310 US 27 SOUTH
LAKE PLACID, FL 33852
All anglers are required to have in their possession a valid FL Freshwater Fishing License. Florida licenses may be purchased by phone by calling (888) 347-4356.
The best Bass Pro Shops Open Series anglers from across the nation can advance to the 2020 Ray Scott Championship to be held at Lake Hartwell in April 2020.
For more information on this tournament, call Billy Benedetti, tournament manager, at 256-230-5632 or ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com
About American Bass Anglers: American Bass Anglers is committed to providing low cost, close to home tournaments for the weekend angler while offering an upward path for individual angler progression. For more information about American Bass Anglers and their bass tournament trails visit www.americanbassanglers.com.
American Bass Anglers is sponsored by Bass Pro Shops, Triton Boats, Mercury Marine, Nitro Boats, Tracker Boats, Motorguide, Garmin, T-H Marine, Abu Garcia, Berkley, Engel Coolers, Four Roses Bourbon, Lucas Oil, Maui Jim, Power Pole and Optima Batteries. Mailing address: American Bass Anglers, Inc. PO box 475 Athens, AL. 35612. Phone (256) 232-0406.
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