B.A.S.S. opens registration for unique Bassmaster Marshal Program

Gerald Swindle and Marshal
B.A.S.S.
Gerald Swindle's Marshal tips his hat to the crowd as they launch at the 2012 Elite Series tournament on the St. Johns River in Florida.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — B.A.S.S. members have an exclusive opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the world’s best bass anglers as registration for the Bassmaster Marshal Program is open for the 2013 Bassmaster Elite Series season. The program gives members a unique glimpse into the world of the pros as they spend tournament days on the water, observing as the fishermen employ strategies and special tactics to bring in the biggest catches during the eight-tournament Bassmaster Elite Series season.

“The Bassmaster Marshal program’s popularity has grown immensely since its inception,” said Trip Weldon, B.A.S.S. tournament director. “Imagine getting eight hours of one-on-one, on-the-water classroom instruction from the best bass anglers in the world. Bassmaster Elite Series pros have embraced the program, and they are willing to share a wealth of information that is sure to help their Marshals become better anglers once they return home.”

All B.A.S.S. members can register online on Oct. 2 beginning at 9 a.m. CST and by phone Oct. 4 at 9 a.m. CST.

According to Weldon, scoring a Marshal slot can be a challenge as B.A.S.S. members play a beat-the-clock game to submit their entries to serve as Marshals for their favorite tournament locations.

“We have many serious and dedicated fans, and some tournaments have all Marshal spots filled within 15 minutes of registration opening,” Weldon said.

Before each event, participating Marshals attend a registration and briefing by B.A.S.S. officials, who provide them with copies of Bassmaster tournament rules. The Marshals’ familiarity with the rules helps ensure the integrity of the highest level of professional fishing. Marshals, who must be at least 16 years old to participate, are randomly paired with Elite Series pros.

Marshals will also have the opportunity while on the water to operate BASSTrakk, a cell-phone-based scoring technology, which broadcasts data to theBassmaster.com website, allowing fans to follow up-to-the-minute tournament action as Elite anglers battle it out for the top prize of $100,000.

All Elite Series Marshals participate on the first two days of Elite Series competition, and some are selected to observe the pros on Day Three or Day Four.

B.A.S.S. members who are interested in becoming Marshals can register at www.Bassmaster.com/marshal or by calling 877-BASS USA. The enrollment fee is $125, which includes an exclusive Bassmaster Marshal shirt and hat.

 

Date

Event Name

Destination

Fishery

March 14-17

Sabine River Challenge

Orange, Texas

Sabine River System

March 21-24

Falcon Slam

Zapata, Texas

Falcon Lake

April 18-21

Bulls Shoals Quest

Bull Shoals, Ark.

Bull Shoals Lake

May 2-5

West Point Battle

LaGrange, Ga.

West Point Lake

May 9-12

Alabama River Charge

Montgomery, Ala.

Alabama River

June 20-23

Mississippi River Rumble

La Crosse, Wis.

Mississippi River

Aug. 8-11

St. Lawrence River Showdown

Waddington, N.Y.

St. Lawrence River

Aug. 22-25

Lake St. Clair Championship

Detroit, Mich.

Lake St. Clair/ Detroit River

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