Bass Fishing League regional championship begins on Lake Norfork


MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (KY3) – The Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship kicked off Thursday, marking the 2021 season finale for anglers involved in the five-state region.

Hosted by the Mountain Home Region Chamber of Commerce, the three-day regional championship features the top 45 boaters and co-anglers, as well as tournament winners across all four divisions. Competitors will compete for a first prize of $ 60,000, including a Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a power of 200 horsepower.

It was an early start on Thursday morning as the fishermen set off at 7am for the first day of competition. Competitors thought there would be plenty of action early in the morning after heavy rain on Wednesday.

The Twin Lakes area is a hub for water activities which can bring a lot of attraction.

“It’s nice to have Norfork Lake, Bull Shoals Lake and the White River all nestled here very close to each other,” said Eric Thitoff, Manager of Buzzard Roost Marina. “Great recreation in the summer, it’s just a huge weekend getaway.”

One of the biggest attractions is fishing, but not so much at this time of year other than the occasional fly fisherman. Thitoff explained that things really slow down this time of year, so they focus on maintaining and wintering the boats.

So when Buzzard Roost Marina had the chance to host the regional championship, he didn’t let it go.

“Having this type of event and this raffle is pretty big,” Thitoff said. “It’s really a win-win for the city and for everyone.

“This is a tremendous economic boost for the community, all the hotels and restaurants around,” said tournament director Brad Callihan.

The tournament could also provide a big boost to its winner, with competitors all battling for the grand prize as well as smaller prizes, consolation prizes, and co-angler prizes.

“Overall, the awards are a pretty good salary for anyone lucky enough to win them,” Callihan said.

But to earn it, Callihan says it won’t take a small feat. Places are based on the total sum of a team’s top five basses.

“The Benchmark for them to move forward for two days. If they weigh between 20 and 22 pounds, that should get them fishing on Saturday, ”he explained.

Only the first 12 of the first two days will qualify for the championship on Saturday. Callihan predicts that to win the grand prize, the winner will likely need to weigh at least 40 pounds.

Click here for the results of the first day and the whole weekend.

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