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|Big Bass Tournament set this weekend|
The waters of the Ouachita River, Lake D'Arbonne, and Turkey Creek will be full of eager anglers this weekend when the Big Bass Tournament returns on Saturday and Sunday.
The two-day event benefits the Ronald McDonald House in Monroe each May. The event is in its 19th year and has become one of the top area fishing tournaments annually.
James Jones of Calhoun hooked the winning fish last year when he landed a 6.38 pound bass tournament. Jody Rushing of Columbia and Scott Herron of West Monroe also finished in the top three for the 2009 event. Jones and Rushing both caught their top fish in the waters of Turkey Creek in Wisner last year. Rushing caught a six-pound bass at Turkey Creek.
The tournament has more than 700 entries this year and the prizes total $100,000 this week. Each hour, top anglers will be up for a $3,000 cash prize. The event will begin each day at 5:40 a.m. daily and the awards ceremony will be Sunday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.
Weigh-in will take place each day from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center in West Monroe. Net proceeds from the event will benefit the Ronald McDonald House, which provides housing for people who have loved ones at local hospitals. The lone rule for the bass-only tournament is that the fish must be caught this weekend in public waters of the three bodies of water of the tournament. Only largemouth, smallmouth and black bass may be entered in the competition. Check-in times for entrant will be 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
on today at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center. The largest bass caught in the tournament will win the angler a $10,000 cash prize. Second-place will win $5,000 and thrid-place wins $1,000.The first to weigh in a bass at exactly 6 pounds receives a fully rigged 2010 ProGator 178, with a 115 Evenrude.
The McDonald's Challenge is a mini-tournament that boasts prizes of $500 for first place, $300 for second place and $200 for third. The contest is open to all two-day individual entrants.
There will also be a drawing for $5,000 in cash during the weekend.