The eighth annual Amateur Big Bass Challenge, which includes more than $100,000 in cash and prizes, is set for Oct. 19 on Texas largemouth haven Lake Fork.
The event is presented by Berkley and Sebile, and hosted by BassChamps. More than 800 anglers competed last year for prizes including two Skeeter bass boats.
While entrants vie for the biggest bass over and under the slot limits to win the Skeeter boats, most checks are for fish in the 2- to 4-pound range. Several checks also were handed out for fish in the 1-pound range. The rules do not allow anglers that have paid a $2,500 tournament entry to fish the tournament and this opens the field for the weekend tournament warriors and recreational angler to win some money, have fun and also a shot at winning a new Skeeter boat.
Each hour an angler can bring one fish to the scales to try and stay in the running for a chance to receive one of the hourly cash awards. Only Berkley and Sebile baits can be used during the challenge.
“This fun format lets anglers be exposed to the full spectrum of our baits,” said Andrew Marks, marketing director for Berkley, in a news release. “It is challenging to not only adjust to some of the new baits that are being used, but also the added strategy of when to weigh in your fish that lends a unique twist making it fun for everyone.”