In 2009, the top two competitors from each of three divisions will advance to the Bassmaster Classic and the top seven anglers in each will be invited to join the Bassmaster Elite Series.
The three pros who finish at the top of the points standings after Texoma will qualify for the 2009 Classic, Feb. 20-22 on the Red River out of Shreveport-Bossier City, La. The top 10 Central Open pros will be invited to advance to the Bassmaster Elite Series.
Southern Division Southern Open 1 Jan. 17-19, 2008 St. Johns River | Palatka, Fla.
"I made a 45-mile run, maybe 50, to a backwater spot I found in practice that I knew held quality bass. I fished there about 30 minutes before she took my lure.
In this article Ron Klys talks about the Southern Open on the Santee Cooper
The second Southern Open, abbreviated by the threat of severe weather, was a study in versatility. The top three places in the event were claimed by anglers throwing different baits to different types of targets. The only thing their Santee Cooper bass had in common was a shallow water home.
Randall Tharp triumphs at bassmaster southern open on Santee Cooper.
In this photo gallery you will see images of the 2008 Southern Open #2 on the Santee Cooper in South Carolina day three.
Second day of Southern open canceled due to weather.
Southern open #2 on the Santee Cooper with Matt Herren