Blue Star Mothers, a group founded just a little more than a month after the United States was forced into World War II, and the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank will benefit from the anglers who will gather next weekend for the Pro Bass Challenge, Baton Rouge’s only major bass tournament of the year.
“It was a group we wanted to work with, a group that works with our servicemen and their families,” Pro Bass organizer George Shaheen said going into the 15th year for the event.
Anglers in Pro and Co-Angler divisions will compete Saturday and Sunday on Atchafalaya Spillway and Verret Basin waters, then trailer to Albertson’s at Jones Creek Road and Coursey Boulevard for 4 p.m. weigh-ins. There’s are respective $10,000 and $2,000 in prizes for the Pro and Co-Angler winners with entry fees set at $450 and $200.
Shaheen said sponsors will set up a daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m. “village” on the Albertson’s parking lot. Touring bass pro Keith Poche will emcee the weigh-in.
Fishermen and sponsors will gather Friday evening for partner pairing. For more information, call Shaheen at (225) 939-7369.
For tournament into, go to website: www.probasschallenge.com.
Elite at Sabine
Former Bassmaster Classic champion Chris Lane of Guntersville, Alabama, holds the lead going into the final day of the year’s first Bassmaster Elite Series event on the Sabine River out of Orange, Texas.
Through Saturday’s third round, Lane had weighed in 39 pounds, 10 ounces of bass to holds a two-pound lead over Aaron Martens at 37-9.
Greg Hackney, the Gonzales angler and the defending Bassmaster Angler of the Year, reached the final day’s field of the top 12 fishermen. At 31-4, Hackney’s in seventh place.
Two other Louisiana anglers made it into Saturday’s 53-angler cutdown from among the 113 angler field. Dennis Tietje of Roanoke finished in 33rd place with an 18-14 total, while Pierre Part’s three-time Classic qualifier Cliff Crochet ended his trip in 45th place with a 16-10 three-day catch.
Sunday final day’s 3 p.m. weigh-in will be carried live on www.Bassmaster.com.