|Parking is at a premium!|
Fishing tournaments are big bucks events! The websites are slick, the sponsors are serious and the prizes amazing.
There were cars parked everywhere, and it was difficult to find a spot to park. It turns out it was the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (B.A.S.S.!) qualifying tournament. They are trying to qualify for the Bassmaster Classic.
The SuperBowl of fishing tournies. The big winner is the person who catches the most fish weight.
The first prize: $300,000!
There was much jolly bantering as the men were joking on the docks with obvious long-time rivals and/or buddies. The kids were having fun, too. Friday was the junior tournie, and they went out with guides to teach them the finer points. It is a catch and release tournament.
Anglers from over 20 B.A.S.S. Clubs in the Ontario Bass Nation will compete in the two-day event vying for one of 12 positions available to form “Team Ontario”.
Ontario B.A.S.S. Nation
In the fall of 2015, that team will advance to the next level and fish in the U.S. against other Teams from Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York and Spain in the Eastern Divisional. The top angler from each of these Teams moves on to the Nationals…with the ultimate goal being a berth in the Bassmaster Classic.
The live release boat contains the most up-to-date technology in alignment with the best standards in live release systems. In fact, it is a fish management and rehabilitation center, which will expedite the weigh-in process and return the fish back to the water more quickly.
|Eastern Ontario Bass Open’s stage shore crew|
|Poor shoppers are having a |
tough time parking.
I love our
Rideau Ferry Grocery store!
|Big Rideau is a beautiful lake|
|A few folks watching the weigh-in|
The fishermen all line up at their appointed times, 3:30 or 4:30, to have their catch weighed. They have sophisticated technology, with a large flat-screen showing the individual's weigh-in results.
I went back on Sunday, and there were still quite a few trailers there.
Well, with that kind of potential payday, I can understand the reasons for people coming in. It's a lovely area there!
So these guys can make a simple thing complicated. where are the days that you fished all day and took the fish home to eat?
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