Shreveport Louisiana to Host the 2023 Ray Scott Championship
Athens, AL – January 6, 2022 – American Bass Anglers announced today that the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission Shreveport LA will host the 2023 Ray Scott Championship at the Red River on April 2-7, 2023.
This event is the culmination of anglers qualifying through the American Bass Anglers Open Series, American Fishing Tour, the American Couples Tour, and the 150 Solo Series for one of the largest events for the weekend angler in the country. The winning boater will receive $50,000 cash plus a new CX20 Caymas boat equipped with a Mercury outboard. The winning co-angler will receive $25,000 in cash plus a new CX18SS Caymas boat equipped with a Mercury motor. If anglers meet sponsor requirements, additional bonus incentives of $7,000 from Caymas Boats, $1000 from Mercury Motors, $1000 from Garmin, and $1250 from TH Marine are available.
“We are so excited to partner with the Red River Waterway Commission to host the Ray Scott National Championship right here in the heart of Sportsman’s Paradise,” said Sara Nelms, Director of Sales and Events for the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission. “The Red River offers some of the best bass fishing in the world, and Shreveport-Bossier City will deliver nothing less than the world-class hospitality Louisiana is known for!”
“The Red River is the perfect location for this event, I know anglers are looking forward to coming to one of Louisiana’s most talked about waterways and experiencing the hospitality of Shreveport and Bossier City,” said Morris Sheehan, President of American Bass Anglers. “Sarah Nelms and all the Sports Commission always rolls out the red carpet for our anglers, weigh-ins will be at 3 pm daily at the Red River South Marina and Resort, and the public is invited.”
The work of the Red River Waterway Commission represents the seven-parish Red River Waterway District that encompasses Caddo, Bossier, Red River, Natchitoches, Grant, Rapides, and Avoyelles Parishes. Stretching over 100 miles from loc 5 to lock 1, the Red River offers an excellent bass fishing haven. With many open creeks and flats fishing is tremendous from February thru April. The Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission has hosted numerous events for American Bass Anglers in which the anglers receive a warm welcome from the local community and the many attractions available.
The Ray Scott Championship is the year-end event that all anglers are striving to qualify for throughout the season.
American Bass Anglers is sponsored by Caymas Boats, Mercury Marine, TH Marine, Garmin Electronics, Power Pole, Lucas Oil, Monster Energy, REKS Sunglasses, Optima Batteries, LuresPartsOnline.com, and Hotel Planner.com. For more information about ABA call 256-232-0406 or visit us at www.americanbassanglers.com.
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