Basscat headlines the ABT BASS Pro Series in the new year with the 2016 series offering anglers a range of new challenges for the new tournament season.
“We’ve always been about evolving the sport and changing up the tournament fishing scene to offer new opportunities and in 2016 we’re going to do exactly that”, explains ABT’s Simon Goldsmith.
The new initiatives start with shared weight tournaments, a format that helps foster the ‘Who Shares Wins’ philosophy.
“Shared weight helps bring a greater sense of team work in the boat and also allows the boater and non-boater to weigh in a four fish limit each session. We see this first hand in our BASS Megabucks events and it’s an ethos we want to encourage in our boater/nonboater events, added Simon.
The structure of the fishing sessions also receives a facelift with day one of the tournament now featuring a single eight hour session punctuated by a weigh-in window midway through the session.
“Anglers will start around dawn as per normal then around 9.30am we’ll open the weigh-in for 90 minutes so anglers can come back, weigh and release their limit, then head back out to catch their second limit”, explains Simon.
The single session, two-weigh-in first day minimises the down time of a traditional two-session first day, gets anglers off the water before dark, and ultimately reduces overall angler fatigue.
While ABT BASS Pro events have always been about lake fishing 2016 sees ABT make the move to the rivers.
“The BASS Open we ran on the Richmond River last October was a huge success. Running river events offers new challenges and rewards for anglers, sponsors and stakeholders”, explains Simon.
ABT’s inaugural river BASS Pro Qualifier will be the Richmond River round slated for 9-10 April.
“We’re excited about what we have for anglers in 2016. Shared weight events, new session structures, and river rounds offer a new lease of life on our BASS Pro events. And a Championship prize of a trip to the USA to fish with Basscat Pro Carl Jocumsen is the icing on the cake”, says Craig Simmons from Basscat Australia.
Full details and dates on the Basscat BASS Pro Series can be found below, while event rules and entries will open in the first week of January 2016.
Series Name: Basscat BASS Pro Series
Event Format: Shared Weight
Entry Fee: $300 (boater)/$100 (nonboater), while a guaranteed entry will be $250(boater)/$100 nonboater
Entry Process: Entries will open early January 2016 with entry now being an electronic online process
Bag Limit: 4 fish per boat (boater and nonboater)
No. Sessions: Day one: 8 hour session (e.g. 6am-2pm) with a weigh-in window mid session (e.g. 9.30am-11am) and a traditional weigh-in at the end of the session. N.B anglers will weigh four fish (boater and nonboater combined) per weigh-in. (i.e day one= 8 fish)
Day two: 6 hour session (6am-12pm)
Grand Final: The Grand Final champion boater will win a trip to the USA to fish with Carl Jocumsen.