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BASS Nation heading for Ouachita

One of the biggest bass fishing tournaments for club fishermen in the entire country is coming to the Ouachita River in early November. Anglers will be coming from all across America and several foreign countries to fish the BASS Anglers Sportsman Society BASS Nation event out of Monroe.

The tournament will be held November 3-5 and the field will include the top club fishermen in the BASS Nation that have reached this event by qualifying through regional tournaments all season. The Top 3 anglers from the overall championship standings will not only earn a berth to the 2022 Bassmaster Classic, the B.A.S.S. Nation champion will earn the title of “Nation’s Best,” which includes an Elite Series berth and the use of a fully-rigged Nation’s Best tournament boat for a year. The second- and third-place finishers and nonboater champion will each earn paid Basspro.com Bassmaster Opens entry fees for all divisions.

BASS Nation has been here before. The Ouachita River was the site of B.A.S.S. Nation championships in 2014 and 2015. Paul Mueller of Connecticut  won a berth at the 2015 Classic, with a 3-day catch of 32 pounds, 15 ounces. Albert Collins of Nacogdoches, Texas, who missed qualifying for the Classic by 1½ pounds in the 2014 championship, found redemption on the Ouachita River in 2015, winning with a final 3-day weight of 44 pounds, 15 ounces.

Anglers from across the country qualify via regional championship tournaments held on Lake Havasu, Ariz., Milford Lake, Kan., Lake Hartwell, S.C., — site of the 2022 Bassmaster Classic — Lake Erie/Presque Isle Bay, Pa., and the Upper Mississippi River, Wis. The Paralyzed Veterans of American Tour will also send its Angler of the Year winner to compete.

“B.A.S.S. has had such great experiences in Monroe that we’re extremely excited to return,” said Jon Stewart, B.A.S.S. Nation director. “This will be our fourth championship on the river, and the competition, as in years past, should be incredible. The Ouachita River is a large, expansive fishery with a lot of backwaters,” Stuart said. “It’s always good to go back to Monroe,” he said. “The host and the community really make us feel welcome.”

Scott Bruscato, Senior Vice President of Sales for the Monroe-West Monroe Convention and Visitors Bureau, welcomed B.A.S.S. Nation anglers to Louisiana.

“It is our privilege and honor to host this great event on the Ouachita River,” said Bruscato, “and we look (forward) to providing a terrific atmosphere at the tournament site.”

Weigh-ins are open to the public and fishing fans are encouraged to come out and see the fish and the fishermen. The event has a huge impact on the area economy not only for the week of the tournament, but following the event when publicity about the good fishing reaches people all around the country.

You can learn more about the BASS Nation online at https://www.bassmaster.com/bass-nation

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