Bassmaster Returns to Toledo Bend for 2014 Elite Series
Article By Todd Masson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
The Bassmaster Elite Series will make a return to Louisiana in 2014 with a spring tournament on Toledo Bend Reservoir, the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society announced Monday.
"BASS has been competing on Toledo Bend Reservoir on the Louisiana-Texas border almost since the lake began to fill in 1969," the company said in a press release.
The May 1-4 event will mark the organization's 15th visit to the lake. Many, La., just on the eastern shore of the 186,000-acre impoundment, will host the tournament.
The Elite Series pits 100 of the world's best bass anglers against each other. Anglers compete for prize money in the individual tournaments, but the real reward is earning a berth in the following year's Bassmaster Classic.
For the last five years, Elite Series anglers have competed in eight events, with cumulative points determining Angler of the Year and Classic qualifications.
This year, though, BASS has added a new wrinkle. The ninth and final event of the Elite Series will be the Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship in which the top 50 Elite anglers will compete for a share of the $900,000 Angler of the Year payout. The organization has not yet announced the location of the Angler of the Year Championship.
The Elite Series will kick off March 13-16 with a tournament on Lake Seminole in Bainbridge, Ga. After a quick turnaround, anglers will compete on the St. Johns River in Palatka, Fla., on March 20-23.
The third Elite event is April 3-6 on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Mo., followed by the Toledo Bend tournament.
Anglers then head up to Russellville, Ark, for the May 15-18 event on Lake Dardanelle.
June 11-15 will be the sixth stop of the series, on Chickamauga Lake in Dayton, Tenn., followed by an Aug. 7-10 event on Philadelphia's Delaware River.
The last regular stop will be in Ithaca, N.Y., on Cayuga Lake.
The most recent Elite event on Toledo Bend was in June 2012, and was won by Kansas' Brent Chapman, who weighed in 83-9 pounds of bass over four days.