The Bassmaster Central Opens season starts in Shreveport, La., on the Red River, April 25-27. B.A.S.S. has been to the Red 11 times before, including stops in 2009 and 2012 for the Bassmaster Classic. Weights should be good in the springtime. They certainly were in 2008 when Elite pro Billy McCaghren won with bass that averaged more than 3 1/2 pounds.
To succeed in the Central Opens in 2013, it will help to be a “river rat.” After the Red, the trail goes to the Arkansas River in Muskogee, Okla., Sept. 19-21, site of just one previous B.A.S.S. event — a 2011 Open claimed by Sooner State legend Tommy Biffle.
The third and final event in the Central division also closes out the 2013 Opens season. Ross Barnett Reservoir in Jackson, Miss., will host the finale, Oct. 17-19. The lake is a legendary stop, and the 2013 Opens will be the first B.A.S.S. professional tournament there since 1998. B.A.S.S. and Ross Barnett go way back. It was the site of the fourth event in B.A.S.S. history, as well as the 1978 Bassmaster Classic.
Priority online registration for the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens begins Oct. 16; B.A.S.S. Federation Nation and Lifetime members can register online beginning Oct. 23, and other B.A.S.S. members wishing to fish all three tournaments in a division may register online on Oct. 30. Additional dates have been set for call-in registration and for anglers wishing to fish only one or two events. See the complete schedule here.