What is the Big Bass Splash?

What is the Sealy Outdoors Big Bass Splash?

The Big Bass Splash is the world's largest amateur big bass fishing tournament series. Beginning in March, there are six events on some of country's best big bass waters, including Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend reservoirs, Lake Guntersville, Kentucky Lake and Lake Fork. In 2013, there will be guaranteed payouts of $1.8 million in cash and prizes.

How do I enter?

You can enter online at the Sealy Outdoors website or register in person at one of the designated locations for each event. You can pay by cash or credit card. Checks are also accepted, if you meet the "Early Bird" deadline.

Who can compete?

If you're an amateur, you're eligible — adults and children can compete in the Big Bass Splash. Check the rules for definitions and eligibility. Children 12 years of age and younger may compete in the "Little Anglers Division."

How much does it cost?

The cost for a one day entry is $135; two days is $185 and three days is $235. If you submit acceptable payment by cash or check, you're eligible for a $10 discount.

How do I get my Official Tournament Packet?

You'll need to pick up your Official Tournament Packet at one of the designated registration locations. Your packet consists of a tournament cap, weigh bag, red ticket for Sunday's open drawing plus a $15 Event Bonus Shirt and/or $5 per day Event Bonus Card (Insurance Card).

Can I fish alone or do I need a partner?

These are tournaments for individuals. You may fish in a boat with another angler, but every angler in the boat must be a paid tournament contestant. No spectators are allowed in the boat.

Do I need a boat?

No. You may fish any way you choose — from a boat, the bank, personal watercraft, kayak, etc.

When are the weigh-ins?

Tournament hours are from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and hourly weigh-ins begin at 6:00 a.m. There are eight hourly payouts each day. As many as 12 big bass per hour will earn a share of the prize money. You pick and choose when to weigh your fish so you have the best chance to cash in.

How many times can I weigh in?

You can weigh in one bass per hour, and you're allowed to have three fish in your possession at any one time.

How do you protect against cheating?

At the conclusion of each hourly weigh-in, random unofficial winners are chosen for a polygraph test and must pass before prizes are awarded.

Are the paybacks guaranteed?

Yes! All Big Bass Splash tournaments have guaranteed cash and prizes, regardless of the number of entries.