The top three in the final points standings earn berths in the Bassmaster Classic next February on the Red River in Shreveport, La. The top 10 will be invited to fish on the 11-event Bassmaster Elite Series that begins in March on Lake Amistad.
About 200 Southern Open pros will compete Oct. 16-18 for the event's title and $45,000 first-place prize. An equal number of co-anglers will be out to win their division's first-place prize, a boat package valued at $32,000.
Peter T wins 2008 Southern Open #1 on St. Johns River in Florida
JVD's big bag puts him on top after Day Two at Southern Open at St. Johns River in Florida
With few anglers catching the five-fish limit Thursday on the stingy St. Johns River, Chris Daniels of Panama City, Fla., claimed the first-day lead as the Bassmaster tournament season kicked off the first Bassmaster Southern Open.