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Northern Open is the Detroit River out of Detroit. BASS last hosted a professional-level event in Detroit in 1999 with Larry Nixon scoring victory on Lake St. Clair with 73 pounds, 9 ounces. The event will be hosted by the Detroit Metro Sports Commission.
Detroit River, Detroit, Mich.
August 19-21, 2010


The 2010 Bassmaster Opens, comprised of three qualifying series in a Southern, Central and Northern division, each with three events, will conduct nine events in eight states, which include Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, New York, Michigan, Maryland, Texas and Georgia.

With the success of last year's addition of the Northern Open division and near-capacity participation levels, BASS will keep intact the Opens' qualifying standards into the Bassmaster Elite Series and Bassmaster Classic.

The top two pro competitors from each of three divisions will advance to the 2011 Bassmaster Classic (New Orleans, La., Louisiana Delta) and the top seven pro anglers will qualify for the 2011 Bassmaster Elite Series. The points system for the Opens that will determine Elite Series and Classic qualifiers will mirror the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year rankings used in the Elite Series.

"The Opens have proven to be very popular with anglers looking for a highly competitive circuit with opportunities to advance to the most prestigious tournament levels in bass fishing," said Jamie Wilkinson, senior director of event operations and business development, ESPN Outdoors and BASS. "We are very pleased with the direction of these events."

A number of anglers, including past Bassmaster Rookie of the Year Bobby Lane of Lakeland, Fla., and 2009 ROY winner Billy McCaghren of Mayflower, Ark., qualified for the Elite Series via the Opens and proved to be competitive at the highest level. McCaghren moved up through the Bassmaster Central Opens and finished extremely hot on the 2009 Elites, clinching the ROY and qualifying for the 2010 Bassmaster Classic.

Northern Open 2
Detroit River, Detroit, Mich.
August 19-21, 2010

The Motor City conjures up images of muscle cars and American industry. Bass fishing is not usually one of the things you think of when you think of Detroit.

Maybe that should change. The second event on the Northern Opens schedule will be held in Detroit on the Detroit River. It'll be the first professional level tournament that BASS has ever held on these waters, and anglers should be very optimistic about the fishing they'll find.

In August 2006, a Bassmaster Weekend Series tournament on the river produced some eye-opening catches. In a one-day event, two of the 29 anglers had limits that weighed more than 20 pounds, and 18 anglers weighed in double-digit catches. Detroit's obviously alive and well and producing lots of bass!

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"The Opens are a great opportunity to fish against some of the top pros," said McCaghren, 35. "The field is littered with quality anglers. The Open format is definitely something I would recommend every angler experience who strives to fish professionally."

As in 2009, the Opens will feature an all-cash payout for pros. The payout will be based on 175 boats and will adjust to the actual field size. Pros will compete for more than $175,000 in cash, with the winner receiving $45,000. Co-anglers will continue to compete at the Open level for more than $70,000 in cash and merchandise, including the top prize of a boat/motor package valued at $34,000.

New in 2010 and in line with BASS' focus on conservation, BASS will change the fish limit for co-anglers to a maximum of three fish. Pros will continue to be held to a five-fish limit.

Full fields will fish the first two days of competition, and the top 30 will advance to the third and final day. The best cumulative three-day total will win each event.

The Southern Open circuit launches Jan. 14-16 on Florida's Lake Okeechobee out of Okeechobee, Fla., which will serve as the host city. BASS has visited the massive fishery more than 15 times with professional-level events. Elite Series pro Chris Lane of Winter Haven, Fla., took the last Open-level event on the 'Big O' with a three-day total of 54 pounds, 12 ounces.

For the second Southern Open, May 13-15, anglers head to Smith Lake and Jasper, Ala. Three-time Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year Mark Davis won the last BASS pro-level event held on Smith with 53 pounds, 11 ounces. The tournament is hosted by the Walker County Chamber of Commerce.

Southern Open anglers will close the circuit Oct. 7-9 on Lake Seminole out of Bainbridge, Ga., hosted by the Bainbridge-Decatur County Chamber of Commerce. BASS has hosted more than 10 events out of Seminole with the last in 2003. Gary Klein, a contestant in the inaugural Bassmaster Elite Series Postseason earlier this month, won the last Seminole event with 69 pounds, 15 ounces.

The Central Open circuit will kick off April 8-10 on Lake Amistad out of Del Rio, Texas. Jason Williamson won the last event on Amistad, an Elite Series event, in March with a four-day total of 96 pounds, 6 ounces. The event host is the Del Rio Convention & Vistor's Bureau.

From Texas, anglers travel east to the Red River and Shreveport-Bossier City, La., site of the 2009 Bassmaster Classic. Fishing fans came out in record numbers to experience the 2009 Classic and the Red River proved to be a challenging tournament fishery. The second Central Open event is slated for June 3-5 and will be hosted by the Shreveport Regional Sports Authority.

The final event in the Central division will be Oct. 21-23 on Lake Texoma out of Denison, Texas. Texoma served as the Central division's season-ender in 2008 with Elite pro Terry Butcher of Talala, Okla., taking victory with 46 pounds, 8 ounces. The event host is the Denison Chamber of Commerce.

The Northern Opens will kick off July 22-24 on Lake Champlain out of Plattsburgh, N.Y. Champlain was the host of a 2009 Northern Open event with Jason Knapp of Uniontown, Pa., taking victory with 56 pounds, 3 ounces. The tournament is hosted by the City of Plattsburgh and the Adirondack Coast Visitors & Convention Bureau.

After Champlain, next up for the Northern Open is the Detroit River out of Detroit. BASS last hosted a professional-level event in Detroit in 1999 with Larry Nixon scoring victory on Lake St. Clair with 73 pounds, 9 ounces. The event will be hosted by the Detroit Metro Sports Commission.

Anglers will finalize the Northern Open circuit on Sept. 16-18 on Chesapeake Bay out of Cecil County, Md. Cecil County hosted an Open tournament in 2009 and was the location of the 1991 Bassmaster Classic, which was won by recently retired Bassmaster Elite Series pro Ken Cook with 33 pounds, 2 ounces over three days.

All Open events are available to BASS members. The schedule doesn't overlap giving anglers their choice of fishing in all Open circuits. Registration for BASS members begins at 9 a.m. ET Thursday, Nov. 5 (Northern), Nov. 12 (Southern) and Nov. 19 (Central) but early registration is available for Federation Nation, BASS Insider and Lifetime members as well as certain pre-qualified anglers. Interested participants can sign up at Bassmaster.com or call 877-BASS-USA.

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Hmmm...

This is from another thread recently posted by the TBF president about the TBF Fish-Offs next summer:

QUOTE....Later in the year Aug 22 the Michigan TBF will be qualifying its 2011 state team on Lake St. Clair. This will be a day after a BFL tournament on DET. River, this team will represent the 2011 state team and will fish the Divisional in Minn.....

HEY JEFF!! Is that BFL Detroit River date (Aug. 21) really confirmed? If so, there's a BFL and BASS Open out of the river on the same day?
 

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QUOTE(CaptDoug @ Sep 30 2009, 08:12 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hmmm...

This is from another thread recently posted by the TBF president about the TBF Fish-Offs next summer:

QUOTE....Later in the year Aug 22 the Michigan TBF will be qualifying its 2011 state team on Lake St. Clair. This will be a day after a BFL tournament on DET. River, this team will represent the 2011 state team and will fish the Divisional in Minn.....

HEY JEFF!! Is that BFL Detroit River date (Aug. 21) really confirmed? If so, there's a BFL and BASS Open out of the river on the same day?

Doug, wouldn't you say that is par for the course! This would not supprise me a bit.
 

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It was tod to me that the date was Aug. 21 this was from the new TD for the BFL next year we will not be moving our date either way not to many guys are going to pay 1000.00 to fish one tournament some will but not most of those that will fish with us anyway I will check with the bfl today and see what I can find out.

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QUOTE(jcox7 @ Oct 2 2009, 10:08 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>It was tod to me that the date was Aug. 21 this was from the new TD for the BFL next year we will not be moving our date either way not to many guys are going to pay 1000.00 to fish one tournament some will but not most of those that will fish with us anyway I will check with the bfl today and see what I can find out.

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Jeff - My concern wasn't toward the Fish-Off losing anglers, but rather two tournaments launching out of the river on the same day. Granted, BASS will be down to 30 boats on Saturday but that's still two pretty significant events on the same day. In addition, I would expect quite a few of the BFL guys to put in for the BASS. It's only $200 more than a Stren - and alot of BFL regulars fished that.
 

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Believe me I know what the concern was. I just talked to Mark Mcquah about the two tournament concerns. It doesnt seem like a concern to him and he says that he has the launch booked for that date. I wonder if both events will be going out of the same launch.
 

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QUOTE(jcox7 @ Oct 2 2009, 12:41 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Doug
Believe me I know what the concern was. I just talked to Mark Mcquah about the two tournament concerns. It doesnt seem like a concern to him and he says that he has the launch booked for that date. I wonder if both events will be going out of the same launch.
Thanks for looking into it Jeff. Are there any other confirmed 2010 BFL dates you can tell us yet?
 

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I love how BASS makes it sound so great that is an "all cash" pay out, but that is a rip off really. For instance, at the 2006 Open in Sandusky 1st place paid $17,000 cash and a $45,000 boat, 2nd place was $4,500 cash and a $45,000 boat, 3rd place was $1,700 and a $30,000 boat and 4th place was a $26,000 boat! This year 1st place received $27,000 cash, 2nd $15,000 cash, 3rd $11,500 cash, and 4th $7,400 cash. The field was 83 boats in 2006 and 102 boats this year!
 

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sorry I did know them all but I through the paper away with the info after I set our TBF Dates I can say that I know that the BFL s returning to Burt June 5th and then the 2 day was set for Oct 2 and 3 but I just heard due to a stren conflict it might get changed to Sept 10 and 11 but that is on the same dates as the TBF Divisionals so do not expect that to stay the same.
 

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QUOTE(team houston @ Oct 5 2009, 02:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Doug the last few Aug BFLs have gone out of Metro. Whereis the open going out of?
Jeff's post references an August BFL going out of the Detroit River. I guess it really doesn't really matter until the BFL officially announces their dates. It'll be what it'll be anyway. It would be cool not to have the date conflict though, because I would really like to see a BASS weigh-in.

I am guessing that BASS would use Erie Metro.
 

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soooo....exactly how many tournaments will be on the connecting water ways that weekend
just wondering might venture that way next year

I'm glad to see B.A.S.S in michigan at this level i hope to make the open!!!
 

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Wouldn't call the BASS opens a "rip off", they paid out over 100% cash at sandusky this year. Wouldn't get too worked up about the confilicts yet, a lot going on at FLW right now. IMO we would be one of the first divisions to get axed.
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QUOTE(Buckeyenut313 @ Oct 2 2009, 04:30 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I love how BASS makes it sound so great that is an "all cash" pay out, but that is a rip off really. For instance, at the 2006 Open in Sandusky 1st place paid $17,000 cash and a $45,000 boat, 2nd place was $4,500 cash and a $45,000 boat, 3rd place was $1,700 and a $30,000 boat and 4th place was a $26,000 boat! This year 1st place received $27,000 cash, 2nd $15,000 cash, 3rd $11,500 cash, and 4th $7,400 cash. The field was 83 boats in 2006 and 102 boats this year!

Ummmmmmmmmmmmm....... 17k and a $45,000 boat is pretty damn good when your fishing against 83 boats? What more do you want for a $1000.00 entry fee? BASS OPENS pay out very well as far as I'm concerned, these are qualifying tournaments to the elites as well as the classic? That's what most guys care about.
 

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I don't think BASS Opens or BFL's are scheduled locally and I doubt the organizers in Florida (BASS) or Kentucky (FLW) care much about the local schedule conflicts and frankly I wouldn't either if I were in their position. You can fish the Open and if you don't make the cut you can fish the BFL on Saturday, then you can fish the TBF fish-off the day after that.

On the subject of winnings, it may be prestigious to say you won a boat in a tournament but if you don't want the boat what you won was a big hassle. You get 1099'ed for the full retail value of the boat but you aren't going to get that much selling it. Cash is king, I would much rather win less cash (to a point obviously) than deal with the hassle of trying to unload a boat, especially in this economy. Save the boat prizes for raffles!
 

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QUOTE(binkwood @ Nov 2 2009, 09:20 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I don't think BASS Opens or BFL's are scheduled locally and I doubt the organizers in Florida (BASS) or Kentucky (FLW) care much about the local schedule conflicts and frankly I wouldn't either if I were in their position. You can fish the Open and if you don't make the cut you can fish the BFL on Saturday, then you can fish the TBF fish-off the day after that.

On the subject of winnings, it may be prestigious to say you won a boat in a tournament but if you don't want the boat what you won was a big hassle. You get 1099'ed for the full retail value of the boat but you aren't going to get that much selling it. Cash is king, I would much rather win less cash (to a point obviously) than deal with the hassle of trying to unload a boat, especially in this economy. Save the boat prizes for raffles!

Mike no disrespect just a question, If you I or anyone for that matter won the boat ( usually there is some cash as well ) and it's value was say 38k. Wouldn't it make great business sense to dump it for say 20k and BAM ! We just won 20,000. It may take a week or a month for that matter, but for a deal like that the BOAT WILL GO AWAY FAST. The problem I see with boat prizes for those that complain about them is Joe Blow who wins it wants 35k if it's value is say 38k. I see the certificates online all the time and after wins and there is maybe 15% savings they advertise them for and "sometimes" have to sit on them. Give someone a hell of a deal and be done with it. Often you will sell it before you have it ( wait time etc for factory orders ) and then you have cash faster than you would a boat prize anyhow.

I actually was just pi$$ed yesterday when I seen I was NOT fishing for a boat at the Stren Championship this week, but dude I am on the highway
I'll fish for cash too LOL

Hope this helps ! Again NO DISRESPECT or DRAMA surfing for me


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QUOTE(CATCHEM @ Nov 2 2009, 07:03 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>QUOTE(binkwood @ Nov 2 2009, 09:20 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I don't think BASS Opens or BFL's are scheduled locally and I doubt the organizers in Florida (BASS) or Kentucky (FLW) care much about the local schedule conflicts and frankly I wouldn't either if I were in their position. You can fish the Open and if you don't make the cut you can fish the BFL on Saturday, then you can fish the TBF fish-off the day after that.

On the subject of winnings, it may be prestigious to say you won a boat in a tournament but if you don't want the boat what you won was a big hassle. You get 1099'ed for the full retail value of the boat but you aren't going to get that much selling it. Cash is king, I would much rather win less cash (to a point obviously) than deal with the hassle of trying to unload a boat, especially in this economy. Save the boat prizes for raffles!

Mike no disrespect just a question, If you I or anyone for that matter won the boat ( usually there is some cash as well ) and it's value was say 38k. Wouldn't it make great business sense to dump it for say 20k and BAM ! We just won 20,000. It may take a week or a month for that matter, but for a deal like that the BOAT WILL GO AWAY FAST. The problem I see with boat prizes for those that complain about them is Joe Blow who wins it wants 35k if it's value is say 38k. I see the certificates online all the time and after wins and there is maybe 15% savings they advertise them for and "sometimes" have to sit on them. Give someone a hell of a deal and be done with it. Often you will sell it before you have it ( wait time etc for factory orders ) and then you have cash faster than you would a boat prize anyhow.

I actually was just pi$$ed yesterday when I seen I was NOT fishing for a boat at the Stren Championship this week, but dude I am on the highway
I'll fish for cash too LOL

Hope this helps ! Again NO DISRESPECT or DRAMA surfing for me


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Nick, What I'm saying is if you win a boat that retails for 20K, you get taxed for the full 20K, but you may have to sell the boat for 9K to get rid of it. That cuts into your winnings pretty heavily. It all depends on what the boat is and the demand for that particular boat in your area. Remember there are probably two million different boat models, color schemes, components, ect. out there and finding someone to buy just exactly what you won isn't the easiest job in the world. It is much less hassle to just get cash. Many tournament organizations get boats for a greatly reduced price, or sometimes even free from their sponsors, but they claim to have a higher payback than what they really have invested because they claim the boat to be worth it's retail value. Frankly I don't consider ANY boat to be worth their retail value. Someone that works at a boat dealer that has access to customers interested in buying a boat less of a big deal. I'm just saying personally I would much rather get cash and not have to mess with selling anything.
 
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