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

Central Opens (continued)

No. 3 Arkansas River; Muskogee, Okla.

Date: Sept. 11-13

Species: Largemouth and spotted bass

Background:  9 previous B.A.S.S. events, though only two were held in Oklahoma. The others were out of Arkansas and included Bassmaster Classics in 1984 and 1985.

Recently: The 2011 Open was won by Oklahoman Tommy Biffle.

Northern Opens

No. 1 Douglas Lake; Dandridge, Tenn.

Date: May 29-May 31

Species: Largemouth and smallmouth bass

Background:  4 previous B.A.S.S. events beginning in 2001. The “long-lining” method of crankbait fishing came to prominence here during a 2012 Elite Series tournament.

Recently: The fishery was ranked No. 56 on Bassmaster Magazine’s “100 Best Bass Lakes” list in 2013. The 2013 Open was won by Patrick Bone.

No. 2 Lake Champlain; Plattsburgh, N.Y.

Date: July 31-Aug. 2

Species: Smallmouth and largemouth bass

Background:  8 previous B.A.S.S. events beginning in 1997. Anglers should be on the lookout for “Champ,” the mythical lake monster with more than 300 reported sightings. At more than 400 feet deep in places, Champlain offers plenty of room for Nessie’s cousin to hide.

Recently: The fishery was ranked No. 16 on Bassmaster Magazine’s “100 Best Bass Lakes” list in 2013. The 2010 Open was won by Dave Wolak and was the last time a B.A.S.S. event had as many as 200 boats.

No. 3 Lake St. Clair; Detroit, Mich.

Date: Sept. 4-6

Species: Smallmouth and largemouth bass

Background:  4 previous B.A.S.S. events beginning in 1994 and including the finale of the 2013 Elite Series season. With a Detroit launch site, several lakes and a seemingly endless amount of water will be available to the competitors.

Recently: The fishery was ranked No. 1 on Bassmaster Magazine’s “100 Best Bass Lakes” list in 2013. The 2013 Elite event was won by Chris Lane.

Registration

B.A.S.S. Nation and Life members can register online beginning Nov. 5 at 9 a.m. CT and for call-in on Nov. 7 beginning at 9 a.m. CT. at 877-227-7872. B.A.S.S. members who want to fish all three tournaments in a division may register online beginning Nov. 12 at 9 a.m. CT and may call in Nov. 14 beginning at 9 a.m. CT.

Anglers interested in fishing only one or two events may register online beginning Nov. 19 at 9 a.m. CT and may call in beginning Nov. 21 at 9 a.m. CT.

The cost for pros to participate in each event is $1,500. The cost for co-anglers is $425. For more details, visit Bassmaster.com/Open.

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