Bassmaster Elite Series Event Coming to Lake Seminole

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – March 4, 2014 – B.A.S.S. will host the Dick Cepek Tires Bassmaster Elite Series at Lake Seminole presented by Hardee’s, March 13 – 16, in Bainbridge, Ga., the first of nine Bassmaster Elite Series professional bass fishing tournaments scheduled in 2014.

The tournament will mark the 14th time B.A.S.S. has held a professional event on the lake. The tournament pits 108 of the top bass anglers in the world against each other, including fishing superstar Kevin VanDam, 2014 Bassmaster Classic champion Randy Howell, as they compete for the $100,000 prize and a coveted spot in the 2015 Bassmaster Classic to be held in Greenville, S.C. Among those vying for the win is Georgia’s J Todd Tucker.

From watching the first boats launch at 7:30 a.m. on Thurs., March 13, to the winning weigh-in announcement at Earle May Boat Basin on Sunday at 4 p.m., all of the family-friendly activities planned throughout the weekend are free and open to the public, including:

Thurs., March 13
7:30 a.m. Full field of anglers take off on Lake Seminole. Public launch viewing is available from Earle May Boat Basin.

4 p.m. Official weigh-in takes place at Earle May Boat Basin.

Fri., March 14
7:30 a.m. Full field of anglers take off on Lake Seminole. Public launch viewing is available from Earle May Boat Basin.

Noon – 11 p.m. River Town Days Festival begins. Flames on the Flint will host the state championship cook-off beginning Friday (sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society).

4 p.m. Official weigh-in takes place at Earle May Boat Basin.

6 p.m. Crooked Shoes performance.

Sat., March 15
7:30 a.m. Top 50 anglers take off for semi-finals of the Dick Cepek Tires Bassmaster Elite Series at Lake Seminole.

10 a.m. – 11 p.m. River Town Days Festival featuring live music from Brandon Vann, the Michael Miller Band and Jacob Powell throughout the day.

12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Elite Series Expo

4 p.m. Official semi-finals weigh-in starts at Earle May Boat Basin. Costa Sunglasses’ GeoBASS film series will launch immediately following the weigh-in.

5:30 p.m. Flames on the Flint winner announced.

8:30 p.m. Chris Cagle performs at the River Town Days Festival.

Sun., March 16
7:30 a.m. Top 12 anglers take off for the final day of the Dick Cepek Tires Bassmaster Elite Series at Lake Seminole competition.

12 p.m. – 6 p.m. River Town Days Festival with live music from Midnight Rain.

12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Elite Series Expo

4 p.m. Official final weigh-in starts for the Dick Cepek Tires Bassmaster Elite Series at Lake Seminole winner at Earle May Boat Basin.

The Elite Series Expo will have B.A.S.S. sponsor representatives onsite throughout the weekend with activities, games and prizes for attendees. Companies like Mercury, Nitro, Skeeter, Triton, and Yamaha will be set up at the Expo and will offer demo rides. Minn Kota, Humminbird, Livingston Lures, Lowrance, Power-Pole, and Shimano will also exhibit at the Expo.

Other activities planned throughout the Elite Series at Lake Seminole weekend include the opportunity to pose questions to Elite Series pros, angler autograph and photo sessions, and the chance to learn tips and techniques from some of the best bass anglers in the world.

The River Town Festival will include activities for families, like a Toddler Train, inflatables and crafts with Home Depot and Stone’s and live music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. On Sat., there will also be a special kid’s area featuring a rock wall, wrecking ball, spider mountain and zip line (a $10 arm band purchase is required).

2014 Bassmaster Elite Series Official Sponsors: Toyota, Bass Pro Shops, Berkley, Evan Williams Bourbon, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Skeeter Boats, Triton Boats, Yamaha

2014 Bassmaster Elite Series Supporting Sponsors: Booyah, Carhartt, Diet Mountain Dew, Livingston Lures, Lowrance, Plano, Power-Pole, Rigid Industries, Shimano

Local Title Sponsor: Dick Cepek Tires

Local Presenting Sponsor: Hardee’s

About B.A.S.S.
For more than 45 years, B.A.S.S. has served as the authority on bass fishing. The organization advances the sport through advocacy, outreach and an expansive tournament structure while connecting directly with the passionate community of bass anglers through its Bassmaster media vehicles.

The Bassmaster brand and its multimedia platforms are guided by a mission to serve all fishing fans. Through its industry-leading publications — Bassmaster Magazine and B.A.S.S. Times — comprehensive website Bassmaster.com and ESPN2 and Outdoor Channel television programming, Bassmaster provides rich, leading-edge content true to the lifestyle.

The Bassmaster Tournament Trail includes the Bassmaster Elite Series, Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open Series, B.A.S.S. Nation events, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series, Bassmaster High School Series, Bassmaster Team Championship and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the Bassmaster Classic.

B.A.S.S. offers an array of services to its more than 500,000 members and remains focused on issues related to conservation and water access. The organization is headquartered in Birmingham, Ala.


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