The 2014 Toray BASS Pro Series hits the road to kick start a new and exciting year on the ABT tournament trail. Refreshed, refined and with a host of new changes this year will offer more exposure, challenges and opportunities than ever before.
Lake Glenbawn (8/9th March) is where it all starts for the opening round of Australia’s longest running tournament bass series with a growing list of anglers jumping out of their skin to get competing after a long off season.
Champing at the Bit
2013 BASS Pro Grand Final champ Dean Silvester
is one such angler that can’t wait to get out there and get at it again.
“It’s been a long break and I’m itching to hitch the boat on and get to the first
bass, and get the adrenalin rush of competition back through my veins”, explained Silvester.event. I’m looking forward to catching up with friends, start whacking some
Silvester is not alone when it comes to his excitement, new series naming sponsor Toray is anticipating a great year on the tournament trail and a big start to the series at LakeGlenbawn.
“Glenbawn has always been a popular tournament venue with anglers, and I think this year will be even more so. Toray is looking forward to the first event of the year and working with ABT to create a series that showcases bass fishing to anglers and tournament fans”, explained Toray’s Australian distributor (Fish Tec Solutions) spokesman Craig Simmons.
A new series naming sponsor is just the tip of the iceberg for the new tournament season with a combination of increased media, new locations, and changes to event formats and AOY bringing fresh blood to the series.
Time to Qualify
Two qualifying rounds (Glenbawn & Boondooma) form the qualification pathway to the Toray BASS Pro Grand Final, with the top
four anglers from each of the two qualifiers (8 anglers), plus the top 21 AOY anglers (21 anglers), and the 2013 BASS Pro Grand Final winner (1 angler) qualifying to fish the final. Any declined spots of course will be passed to the next angler in line in AOY.
Where Are We Going?
The Toray BASS Pro Grand Final will see anglers fish a new BASS Pro tournament venue, with the 60 angler field fishing LakeWivenhoe, one of the most revered and untapped bass lakes Australia has to offer.
The big brother to the more famous LakeSomerset, Wivenhoe will offer anglers new unchartered tournament water and new tournament hours. With a maximum speed limit (6 knots) and enormous distances to potentially cover and fish, a single seven hour session will be used each day of the two-day Grand Final.
With Wivenhoe long lamented as the ultimate BASS Pro venue that could never be used, this year is the year when the wish is granted.
The Toray BASS Pro Grand Final this year will feature a cash prize pool, with a $12,000 purse split amongst the top three boaters (1st– $7k, 2nd– $3k, 3rd– $2k), while sponsor provided prizes will be awarded to the balance of the top five boaters and the top five non-boaters.
With a streamlined calendar and a desire to make the Toray BASS Pro Grand Final the ultimate show the 2014 Toray BASS Pro AOY race will now have the Grand Final as the title deciding event. The points tally will be calculated using an anglers best three points from the year, based on the 2 x BASS Pro Qualifiers and 1 x BASS Pro Grand Final.
The AOY points tally used as the basis for Grand Final qualification will be the progressive total taken after the second and final BASS Pro Qualifier. The leading AOY boater at that stage will start first in the Grand Final, a fitting reward for the standout boater heading into the season deciding GF.
The final AOY points calculation will take place at the Grand Final, with the AOY Trophy presented as part of the BASS Pro Grand Final presentation.
A New Year
So there’s your rundown on the new bass year on the tournament trail. With new media via www.abt.org.au, livestreaming of BASS Pro weigh-ins (phone signal permitting), cash prize Grand Finals, and renewed tournament structures combining to make it a bass season not to miss.
|8-9 March||NSW||Lake Glenbawn||BASS Pro Qualifier #1|
|5-6 July||QLD||Lake Boondooma||BASS Pro Qualifier #2|
|16-17 September||QLD||Lake Somerset||BASS Megabucks|
|20-21 September||QLD||Lake Wivenhoe||BASS Grand Final|