BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – April 30, 2013— B.A.S.S. will host the Alabama River Charge presented by Star brite, May 9 – 12, on the Alabama River in Montgomery, Ala., the fifth of eight Bassmaster Elite Series professional bass fishing tournaments scheduled in 2013.
One hundred of the top bass anglers in the world will compete for a $100,000 prize and coveted entry into the 2014 Bassmaster Classic to be held in Birmingham, Ala., with fishing on Lake Guntersville. Among the field of competitors will be fishing legend Kevin VanDam, 2013 Bassmaster Classic Champion Cliff Pace and 16 Alabama anglers.
From watching the first boats launch at 6:30 a.m. on Thurs., May 9, and the final weigh-in at the Montgomery Riverfront on Sunday at 3:15 p.m., to participating in the family-friendly Elite Series Expo, the activities planned throughout the weekend are free and open to the public, including:
Thurs., May 9 – Fri., May 10
6:30 a.m. The full field of anglers launch at Montgomery Riverfront Park. Public launch viewing is available from Montgomery Riverfront Park.
3:15 p.m. Official weigh-in takes place both days at Montgomery Riverfront Park Amphitheatre.
Sat., May 11
6:30 a.m. The Top 50 anglers launch for semi-finals of the Alabama River Charge.
12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Elite Series Expo.
3:15 p.m. Official semi-finals weigh-in begins at the Montgomery Riverfront Union Station Train Shed.
Sun., May 12
6:30 a.m. The Top 12 anglers launch for the final day of Alabama River Charge competition.
12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Elite Series Expo
3:15 p.m. Official final weigh-in for the 2013 Alabama River Charge winner starts at the Montgomery Riverfront Union Station Train Shed.
The Elite Series Expo will have B.A.S.S. sponsor representatives on site throughout the weekend with activities, games and prizes for attendees. Companies like Mercury, Nitro, Skeeter, Triton, and Yamaha will be offering demo rides and have booths at the Expo. Toyota, Carhartt, Berkley, Minn Kota, Humminbird, Livingston Lures, Lowrance, Power-Pole, Shimano and Luck “E” Strike, will also have booths at the Expo.
Other activities planned throughout the Alabama River Charge weekend include a casting competition and demo presented by Shimano and the Toyota Torque Pull. Fans will also have the opportunity for angler autograph and photo sessions, and learning tips and techniques from some of the best bass anglers in the world.
2013 Bassmaster Elite Series Official Sponsors: Toyota, Evan Williams Bourbon, Hummingbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Skeeter Boats, Triton Boats, Yamaha, Bass Pro Shops, Berkley
2013 Bassmaster Elite Series Supporting Sponsor: Carhartt, Diet Mountain Dew, Livingston Lures, Lowrance, Luck “E” Strike, Power-Pole, Ramada, Shimano
2013 Bassmaster Elite Series Proud Partner: Mustang Survival
Event Sponsor: Star brite
For more than 40 years, B.A.S.S. has served as the authority on bass fishing. The organization advances the sport through advocacy, outreach and an expansive tournament structure while connecting directly with the passionate community of bass anglers through its Bassmaster media vehicles.
The Bassmaster brand and its multimedia platforms are guided by a mission to serve all fishing fans. Through its industry-leading publications — Bassmaster Magazine and B.A.S.S. Times — comprehensive website Bassmaster.com and ESPN2 and Outdoor Channel television programming, Bassmaster provides rich, leading-edge content true to the lifestyle.
The Bassmaster Tournament Trail includes the Bassmaster Elite Series, Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open Series, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series, Cabela’s B.A.S.S. Federation Nation events and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the Bassmaster Classic.
B.A.S.S. offers an array of services to its more than 500,000 members and remains focused on issues related to conservation and water access. The organization is headquartered in Birmingham, Ala. For more information, visit www.bassmaster.com.
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Cara Clark, B.A.S.S. Communications Manager
205-313-0955, ext.149 (office), 205-612-7197 (cell)
Heather Miller, Full Circle Public Relations
864-672-4994 (office), 864-607-7922 (cell)