For the first time ever, the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year title will be decided in two postseason events. Dubbed Toyota Trucks Championship Week, Lake Jordan and the Alabama River, both in Alabama, will be the scenes for the final stages of bass fishing's most prestigious championship.
The 2009 Bassmaster Elite Series season will culminate with the final day's weigh-in in Montgomery, the place where BASS was founded in 1968 and headquartered until 2005. The 2009 Angler of the Year will be crowned at the season finale and will be awarded the $200,000 top prize.
At the conclusion of the final weigh-in, attendees will be treated to a free concert by the Zac Brown Band at the Montgomery Riverwalk Amphitheater. Best known for their No. 1 hit single, "Chicken Fried," the Zac Brown Band is also an Academy of Country Music Award winner for Best New Group (2009) and a recent CMT Music Award nominee. They ushered in the 2009 BASS tournament season with a set at the 2009 Bassmaster Classic in Shreveport-Bossier City, La.
With the introduction of the new postseason format, a detailed schedule has been created for Toyota Trucks Championship Week, beginning with two practice days, Sept. 10-11, followed by two competition days, Sept. 12-13, on Lake Jordan, titled the Trophy Chase. The 12 qualifying anglers will then take a one-day break Sept. 14 for media and sponsor activities. Anglers will then move to Montgomery for the final competition on the Alabama River, the Evan Williams Bourbon Trophy Triumph.
A two-day practice period, Sept. 15-16, on the Alabama River will be followed by the season's final two days of competition on the spacious fishery Sept. 17-18.
BASS is matching the prestige of the postseason events with an ambitious multimedia schedule. As part of daily, live updates on Bassmaster.com, the popular webcast Hooked Up will host on-the-water coverage from practice and competition days. There will also be live BASSCam videos from launch and the competition waters on Bassmaster.com as well as Backstage Pass videos during the weigh-in on BASS Insider. Also, similar to the Elite Series regular season, streaming video from the daily weigh-ins will be streamed on ESPN360.com.
Fishing fans can also catch expanded television coverage chronicling the two postseason events on The Bassmasters Sept. 27 at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN2.