Opportunity to Observe Pros at PAA Tournaments

Opportunity to Observe Pros at PAA Tournaments

Sleep in your own bed, keep some money in your pocket and spend up to three days with some of the best bass tournament professionals in the nation at the Bass Pro Shops PAA Tournament Series season-opener at Lake Lanier.

It is a deal because of the ridiculously low cost of being an official PAA Member Observer. For just $50 - that's about $17 a day - you can spend about eight hours in the boat with a professional angler on one of the hottest lakes watching and learning what they do from the launch to weigh-in.

Observers do not fish during the tournament, but do get a first-hand look at the anglers' strategy, decisions on selecting sites and moving around, lures, electronics and more. Many observers carry cameras or video cameras to record the action.

"I rode with Pete Ponds at Toledo Bend in 2009 and then with Tommy (Biffle) last year, and it was like having my own private fishing lesson," said Paul Fisler of The Woodlands, Texas. "He talked about his baits and some of the specific things he does with them. Getting to see all that was great."

If you're a PAA member, it's only $50 for up to three days. If you're not a member, you must join at the General level ($50) or Advantage ($150) level and also pay the Observer fee. But being a member has great benefits including a cap, decals, access to the PAA Affinity Program with great discounts, and the PAA Payday program that pays cash bonuses for winning sanctioned tournaments.

Find out more information about how to be a PAA Member Observer here://fishpaa.com/2011-observer-information/.

If you're an active or retired member of the military or are a college student, there's a special rate just for you, too: //fishpaa.com/2011/03/special-paa-observer-offer-extended-to-military-college-students/.

Observers also can register by calling the PAA at (270) 527-2030 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central, or also register from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30, at the official Pro Registration Day at Bass Pro Shops in Lawrenceville, Ga.

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