Bass Pro went live online Monday to announce the largest amateur bass fishing tournament in history. The grand prize is $1 million with a total of 4.3 million in cash and prizes. This tournament is only open to amateurs.
An amateur is defined as someone that has not competed as a boater/pro in an MLF major or BASS Elite Series event within the last two years. Anglers can not have ever paid more than $2,500 to enter a tournament or earned more than $100,000.
These amateurs will need to be owners of a Tracker, Ranger, Nitro, Triton, Sun Tracker, Tahoe, or Mako brand boat.
The two man amature team will be alowed to register for one of eight events. 250 will be selected for each event to determin who gets to compete in the grand championship on November 19 at Table Rock Lake, MO.
Entry fees are $450 per person, $250 for youth 12-17, and kids under 12 are free. Each person that enters will receive a gift bag valued at $150.
The tournament will benefit The National Fish Habitat Initiative. One-third of all entry fees will directly support the project, with Bass Pro and Toyota each matching that amount. The total is expected to be over $1million to improve fish habitat.