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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Aug. 23, 2016 – B.A.S.S. will host the Plano Bassmaster Elite at Mississippi River presented by Favorite Fishing, Sept. 8 – 11, in La Crosse, Wis. This event marks the 21st time B.A.S.S. has held a tournament on the river, and is the 10th of 11 Bassmaster Elite Series professional bass fishing tournaments scheduled in 2016.

The tournament pits 107 of the top bass anglers in the world against each other as they compete for the $100,000 first-place prize. The field of competitors includes fishing superstar Kevin VanDam and 2016 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro champion Edwin Evers.

From watching the first boats take off at 6:15 a.m. on Thurs., Sept. 8, to the winning weigh-in announcement at Veterans Freedom Park on Sun., Sept. 11 at 3 p.m., to participating in the family-friendly Elite Series Expo, all activities are free and open to the public. Companies like Mercury, Nitro, Skeeter, Triton and Yamaha will have booths at the Elite Series Expo and will offer demo rides. Toyota, Carhartt, Berkley, Huk, Humminbird, Livingston Lures, Lowrance, Power-Pole, Shimano and Gander Mountain will also exhibit.

Other activities planned throughout the weekend at the Plano Bassmaster Elite at Mississippi River include games and prizes for attendees, angler autograph and photo sessions and the opportunity to learn tips and techniques from some of the best bass anglers in the world.

Explore La Crosse will also be hosting the Fish Hook Festival on Fri., Sept. 9. The music festival will feature country, bluegrass and gospel music. There is a fee to enter the music festival.

 

Thurs., Sept. 8

6:15 a.m. Full field of anglers take off on the Mississippi River. Public launch viewing available from Veterans Freedom Park.

3 p.m. Official weigh-in takes place at Veterans Freedom Park.

Fri., Sept. 9

6:15 a.m. Full field of anglers take off on the Mississippi River. Public launch viewing available from Veterans Freedom Park.

3 p.m. Official weigh-in takes place at Veterans Freedom Park.

5:30 p.m. Fish Hook music festival begins.

Sat., Sept. 10

6:15 a.m. Top 50 anglers take off for semi-finals of the Plano Bassmaster Elite at Mississippi River presented by Favorite Fishing.

10:30 a.m. Bassmaster Elite Series Outdoor Expo opens.

3 p.m. Official semi-finals weigh-in begins at Veterans Freedom Park.

Sun., Sept. 11

6:15 a.m. Top 12 anglers take off for the final day of Plano Bassmaster Elite at Mississippi River presented by Favorite Fishing competition.

12 p.m. Bassmaster Elite Series Outdoor Expo opens.

3 p.m. Official final weigh-in starts for the 2016 Plano Bassmaster Elite at Mississippi River presented by Favorite Fishing winner at Veterans Freedom Park.

 

2016 Bassmaster Elite Series Platinum Sponsor: Toyota

2016 Bassmaster Elite Series Premier Sponsors: Triton Boats, Yamaha, Berkley, GoPro, Huk, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Skeeter Boats

2016 Bassmaster Elite Series Supporting Sponsors: Shimano, ARE Truck Caps, Phoenix Boats, Carhartt, Dick Cepek Tires & Wheels, Livingston Lures, Lowrance, Power-Pole, Rapala, Shell Rotella

Title Sponsor: Plano

Presenting Sponsor: Favorite Fishing

Local Host: Explore La Crosse

 

About B.A.S.S.

B.A.S.S. is the worldwide authority on bass fishing and keeper of the culture of the sport, providing cutting edge content on bass fishing whenever, wherever and however bass fishing fans want to use it. Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., the 500,000-member organization’s fully integrated media platforms include the industry’s leading magazines (Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times), website (Bassmaster.com), television show (The Bassmasters on ESPN2), social media programs and events. For more than 45 years, B.A.S.S. has been dedicated to access, conservation and youth fishing.

The Bassmaster Tournament Trail includes the most prestigious events at each level of competition, including the Bassmaster Elite Series, Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open Series, Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation presented by Magellan Outdoors, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops, Costa Bassmaster High School Series, Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro.

 

MEDIA CONTACTS

Helen White, B.A.S.S. Communications Manager

205-313-0944 (office), 205-936-2044 (cell)

hwhite@bassmaster.com

Heather Miller, Gunpowder, Inc.

864-607-7922 (cell)

heatherm@gunpowderinc.com