2014 Opens Series To Qualify Anglers For The Bassmaster Classic And Elite Series

Southern Opens (continued)

No. 2 Smith Lake; Jasper, Ala.

Date: March 6-8

Species: Spotted and largemouth bass

Background: 6 previous B.A.S.S. events beginning in 1967 (the second tournament ever conducted by founder Ray Scott).

Recently: The 2012 Open was won by Hank Cherry. The victory earned him a berth in the 2013 Bassmaster Classic (where he finished third) and propelled him to the Elite Series (where he was named the 2013 Bassmaster Rookie of the Year).

No. 3 Lake Norman; Charlotte, N.C.

Date: Oct. 2-4

Species: Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass

Background: 7 previous B.A.S.S. events beginning in 1992. Norman was the site of Southern Opens in 2011 and 2012.

Recently: The fishery was ranked No. 91 on Bassmaster Magazine’s “100 Best Bass Lakes” list in 2013. The 2012 Open was won by North Carolina’s Tracy Adams.

Central Opens

No. 1 Lake Amistad; Del Rio, Texas

Date: Feb. 6-8

Species: Largemouth and smallmouth bass (but don’t expect to see any bronzebacks on the weigh-in stage)

Background:  7 previous B.A.S.S. events beginning in 2006 with the inaugural Elite Series tournament. “Amistad” is Spanish for “friendship.”

Recently: The fishery was ranked No. 23 on Bassmaster Magazine’s “100 Best Bass Lakes” list in 2013. The 2010 Open was won by Texan Craig Schuff.

No. 2 Red River; Shreveport, La.

Date: April 24-26

Species: Largemouth bass

Background:  12 previous B.A.S.S. events beginning in 2000, including Bassmaster Classics in 2009 and 2012.

Recently: The fishery was ranked No. 79 on Bassmaster Magazine’s “100 Best Bass Lakes” list in 2013. The 2013 Open was won by Stephen Browning.

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