ATHENS, Ala. – American Bass Anglers officials announced today the 2014 Weekend Bass Series season details with several enhancements. The series offers a boater/co-angler format with 20 divisions. Both boaters and co-anglers may advance to one of four regional championships. Top finishers from each of these regional championships advance to the no-entry fee Weekend Angler Bass Classic with $100,000 going to the champion.
The Weekend Bass Series is designed for the weekend bass angler with 100 qualifying events held annually for both boaters and co-anglers, which allow anglers to compete for top prize money while improving their bass fishing skills. In 2014, 25 percent of the field from each event will earn a check, an increase from 2013. In addition, anglers may also win cash awards for catching the big bass.
Each of the 20 divisions will host four single-day qualifying events, each with a total purse of up to $52,000 cash plus sponsor-supported bonuses. To enter the tournaments, boaters pay $200 and co-anglers pay $100 per event after paying an annual ABA membership fee of $25. In each qualifying event, the winning boater may receive up to $6,000 cash, based on a full field. The winner may also qualify for another $7,000 in Triton Gold bonus money totaling a whopping $13,000 for a day of fishing! The winning co-angler in each event may win up to $3,000 with a full field, plus the opportunity to collect significant bonus cash and prizes from tournament sponsors.
At the end of each divisional season, each division will hold a two-day divisional championship to crown an Angler of the Year for that division. This event carries a total purse of up to $74,500. The winning boater may take home as much as $16,000 in winnings and Triton Gold bonus money. Divisional Anglers of the Year will each receive a special sponsor package and automatically advance to the Weekend Angler Bass Classic regardless of their regional championship finish. Entry fees for the two-day divisional championship are $300 for boaters and $150 for co-anglers.
At the regional championships, the top 40 boaters and co-anglers from five different divisions will complete for more than $150,000 in cash and prizes. These championships will payback 100 percent of the entry fees and more than 170 percent overall, based on a full field. Winning boaters may earn up to $14,000 in cash, a new Triton/Mercury boat and trailer package equipped with Carlisle Tires and Wheels and ODYSSEY batteries, plus qualify for a $7,000 Triton Gold bonus for a first place prize package valued at $57,000 in all. The top co-anglers will take home up to $7,000 in cash, a new Triton boat and trailer package with Carlisle Tires and Wheels and ODYSSEY batteries. For the regional championships, boaters pay $300 to enter with co-anglers paying $150. The top 25 percent of the field will receive a check and the top 20 percent will advance to the 2014 Weekend Angler Bass Classic, the most prestigious event of the year for the competitors. The no-entry fee 2014 Weekend Angler Bass Classic will be held on Wheeler Lake in Decatur, Ala., from Nov. 15-18.
At the national championship, the winning boater will receive a check for $100,000 and up to $105,000 in bonuses plus a new special award to be announced at the 2013 national championship. The co-angler champion will win $50,000 and up to $52,250 in sponsor bonuses.
As a special championship bonus the boater champion will also receive sponsorship and entry fees into one of two professional bass tournament circuits. This will put the 2014 champion within striking distance of one of two professional world championships of their choice. No other organization offers this to the weekend angler from this type of format.
Sponsored by Triton and Mercury, The tour also offers the ABA Alliance Program, which pays anglers’ entry fees. This program pays up to $1,100 in entry fees plus ABA membership to any ABA tour for new Triton/Mercury owners. To learn more about the program visit www.tritonboats.com.
Currently there are several sponsor programs available for the anglers to win more cash from sponsors such as: Triton Gold, Mercury Bonus Bucks, MotorGuide Bonus Bucks, T-H Marine Atlas Awards, Royal Purple Rewards.
Registration for the 2014 season begins Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at 8 a.m. CST. For more information, visit www.weekendseries.com or call (256) 232-0406. ABA Lifetime members and Triton Boat owners receive priority registration.
Also new for 2014 and starting October 21, 2013 there will be no handling fees associated with any online registration for any American Bass Anglers tournament. Late fees will still applied as required (see the 2014 rules for more details).
American Bass Anglers is sponsored by: Triton Boats, Mercury Marine, Busch Beer, Royal Purple, Best Western Hotels, ODYSSEY Batteries, Carlisle Tire and Wheel, T-H Marine, Livingston Lures, BioborEB, and Simms Fishing Products.
2013 Season Schedules - Also available online at www.weekendseries.com
Alabama North - Division - 1 02/15 Guntersville - State Park 04/19 Neely Henry - Coosa Landing 05/17 Wheeler – Ingalls Harbor 06/07 Weiss - Little River Marina 08/16-17 2-Day Guntersville - State Park
South Alabama - Division - 2 02/08 Martin - Wind Creek State Park 03/15 Lay Lake - Beeswax Creek 05/17 Eufaula - Lakepoint Resort State Park 06/14 Logan Martin - Lakeside Park 09/27- 28 Eufaula - Lakepoint Resort State Park
Florida - Division - 6 01/25 Okeechobee - Scott Driver Park 03/08 Harris Chain - Hickory Point 04/05 Toho - Lakefront Park 06/07 Harris Chain - Hickory Point Recreational Facility 08/16-17 Kissimmee Chain - Camp Mack
Georgia - Division - 8 02/01 Seminole - Bainbridge Boat Basin 02/22 Sinclair - Little River Park 03/29 Oconee - Sugar Creek Marina 05/03 Eufaula - Lakepoint Resort State Park 09/20-21 Eufaula - Lakepoint Resort State Park
Kentucky - Division - 15 02/22 Kentucky Lake - Moore’s Resort 04/05 Barkley - Barkley State Park 05/10 Kentucky Lake - Moore’s Resort 07/12 Kentucky Lake - Paris Landing 09/09-10 Kentucky Lake - Moore’s Resort
Louisiana North- Division – 12 (New) 01/25 Red River - Red River South 02/22 Black Lake - Chandler’s Landing 03/22 Lake D’Arbonne - Ludwig Marina 04/05 Red River - Grand Ecore 07/26-27 Toledo Bend - Cypress Bend
Louisiana South- Division - 13 02/01 Bayou Black - Bob’s Bayou Black Marina 03/01 Lake Henderson - I-10 Landing 05/03 Atchafalaya Basin - Doiron’s Landing 06/07 Pearl River - East Pearl Boat Ramp 07/19-20 Red River - Buhlow State Park
Maryland - Division - 21 03/29 Potomac - Smallwood State Park 05/17 Potomac - Smallwood State Park 06/28 Potomac - Smallwood State Park 07/19 Potomac - Smallwood State Park 09/06-07 Potomac - Smallwood State Park
Missouri -Division - 16 03/03 Table Rock - Table Rock State Park 04/26 Lake of the Ozark - Public Beach #2 06/28 Truman - Sterett Creek 07/19 Truman - Sterett Creek 09/13-14 Lake of the Ozark - Public Beach #2
New York - Division - 23 06/14 Lake Champlain - Plattsburgh NY 06/28 Chautauqua Lake - Mayville NY 07/26 Oneida Lake - Oneida Shores Park 08/16 1000 Island St. Law. River - Cape Vincent NY 09/13-14 Oneida Lake - Oneida Shores Park
North Carolina - Division - 5 03/15 Norman - Pinnacle Ramp 04/19 Kerr - Nutbush 06/14 High Rock - Tamarac Marine 08/02 Wiley - Ebenezer State Park 08/30-31 High Rock - Tamarac Marine
Oklahoma - Division - 14 03/29 Lake Tenkiller - Chicken Creek Landing 04/26 Lake Eufaula - Eufaula Cove 05/31 Grand Lake - Wolf Creek 06/28 Ft. Gibson - Taylor Ferry North 09/20-/21 Grand Lake - Wolf Creek
Ohio - Division - 20 04/12 Rocky Forks - East Shore Marina 05/10 Indian Lake - Moundwood 06/07 Alum Creek - New Galena 07/12 Mosquito Lake - Mosquito Lake State Park 08/16-17 Lake Erie - Sandusky
South Carolina - Division - 9 01/18 Murray - Dreher Island State Park 03/22 Russell - Richard B. Russell State Park 04/26 Santee Cooper - John C. Land III 06/21 Lake Greenwood - The 45 Landing 09/06-07 Hartwell - Gum Branch
Tennessee Central - Division - 3 03/01 Center Hill - Ragland Bottoms 03/29 Paris Landing - Paris Landing 04/12 Old Hickory - Sanders Ferry 06/21 Old Hickory - Sanders Ferry 08/23-24 Kentucky Lake - Paris Landing
Tennessee East - Division - 4 02/15 Chickamauga - Dayton Boat Dock 03/01 Watts Bar - Tom Fuller Park 04/12 Chickamauga - Dayton Boat Dock 06/28 Watts Bar - Tom Fuller Park 08/23-24 Chickamauga - Dayton Boat Dock
Texas Southeast - Division - 10 03/08 Sam Rayburn - Umphrey Pavilion 04/12 Sam Rayburn - Umphrey Pavilion 05/10 Sam Rayburn - Umphrey Pavilion 06/14 Toledo Bend - Fin & Feather Resort 09/13-14 Sam Rayburn - Umphrey Pavilion
Texas East - Division - 11 02/15 Lake Palestine - Villages Marina 03/15 Lake Tyler - Lake Tyler Marina 05/17 Richland Chambers - Oak Cove Marina 06/21 Cedar Creek - Log Cabin 07/12-13 Lake O’ the Pines - Johnson Creek
Virginia - Division - 19 03/22 Kerr - North Bend 04/26 Anna - Sturgeon Creek 05/24 James River - River Front Park 07/26 James River - Osborne Landing 09/13-14 Kerr - North Bend
Southern Regional Championship • 09/26-27 Chickamauga - Dayton, Tennessee Divisions attending: North Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Central Tennessee
Northeast Regional Championship • 09/26-27 High Rock Lake - Salisbury, North Carolina Divisions attending: Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia
South Central Regional Championship • 10/10-11 Red River - Alexandria, LA Divisions attending: North Louisiana, Louisiana South, Oklahoma, Texas East, and Texas Southeast
Southeast Regional Championship • 10/17-18 Toho - Kissimmee, Florida Divisions attending: Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama South, Florida, East Tennessee
About American Bass Anglers American Bass Anglers is the largest tournament organization for the weekend angler. American Bass Anglers operates the American Fishing Tour, The Weekend Bass Series, the American Couples Series and the annual Military Team Bass Championship. Each tour is designed specifically for the weekend angler, offering low-cost, close-to-home events where anglers can qualify for a larger championship. For more information on American Bass Anglers, visit www.americanbassanglers.com.
For more information about American Bass Anglers or the Weekend Bass Series, visit www.weekendseries.com or call (256) 232-0406.