Lake of the Ozarks Fishing Tournaments
Fishing on Lake of the Ozarks is popular all year round, but whilst many folks simply come to fish for pleasure and relaxation, plenty of other people take it a lot more seriously. The lake hosts more than 500 amateur and pro bass fishing tournaments every year, plus there are often local and charity competitions.
Fishing Tournaments are big news on Lake of the Ozarks. There are usually huge amounts of prize money at stake, so it is no surprise that anglers come from many miles away to compete for the chance of landing a bass capable of securing them thousands of dollars in prize money.
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Anglers In Action holds 5 fishing tournaments on many local lakes throughout the year. At Lake of the Ozarks, these are held in March, April, November and December. The Championship tournament takes place in mid October. The top prize is a fully rigged Triton boat worth around $44,000. Second and third prizes are $20,000 and $10,000 cash.
The highlight of the Anglers in Action fishing tournament season is undoubtedly the Big Bass Bash. This huge tournament attracts hundreds of keen anglers, all desperate to hook a fish that is big enough to win a prize.
The 2009 Lake of the Ozarks Big Bass Bash was a huge success and attracted a record crowd of 1,520 fishermen. There was over $136,000 of prize money on offer, including $50,000 top prize for the largest fish caught during the tournament. The winning fish in 2009 was a 6.63Ib largemouth bass.
Fish are caught and weighed in during two hour timed slots, so if there is a draw for a top prize, the fish caught in the earlier time slot, wins the prize. Fishing is over two days and begins at 7am, ending at 3pm.
The 2010 Anglers in Action Big Bass Bash on Lake of the Ozarks, sponsored by Pro’s Choice Marine, takes place October 2-3. There are even more chances to win a prize as 8 additional places have been added. Cash prizes will be paid out for the heaviest fish weighed in during each time period. There are loads of other bonus prizes on offer during the two-day tournament and it is well worth the entry fee of $110 for day one and $160 for day two. All prizes are paid out in cash at the awards ceremonies at the Lake Ozark Amphitheater in Camdenton.