PAA Changes Site for Table Rock Lake Event
The second Bass Pro Shops PAA Tournament Series stop of the season will continue as planned and move its first two days' events to Chateau on the Lake Marina in Branson, Mo., to provide better access for participating anglers and fans attending daily weigh-ins and launches.
The tournament is scheduled for June 23-25 on Table Rock Lake, featuring some of the top professional bass anglers in the nation. Official morning blastoffs and the first two days' afternoon weigh-ins will take place at Chateau on the Lake Marina. Saturday's final afternoon weigh-in will be held at Bass Pro Shops at Branson Landing.
Record high water levels on Table Rock Lake necessitated the move during the tournament but many of the facilities and businesses around the lake remain open and ready for visitors. Table Rock State Park and State Park Marina are open for camping and activities.
PAA officials made the decision during a conference call Monday with officials from Table Rock State Park and the Branson Chamber of Commerce/CVB. Consideration had been given to moving the tournament dates, but that will not be necessary.
"We've been monitoring the situation closely for the last several weeks and are extremely glad to be able to work with Branson, Chateau on the Lake and Table Rock State Park officials about this," said PAA Program Director Danny Blandford.
"We understand this has been a challenging time for everyone in the Table Rock Lake area and our thoughts have been with those who are affected. Our PAA pros and staff look forward to visiting Branson again and enjoying what should be outstanding fishing on the lake, as well as the area's great hospitality."
"Table Rock State Park welcomes the PAA tournament to the area and is ready to accommodate them however we can," said Bill Bryan, Missouri State Parks director. Bryan said the facilities at the park are ready for the tournament and all guests and visitors with them.
"In spite of the high water level that impacted some areas, the season is well under way in Branson," said Ross Summers, President/CEO of the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and CVB. "Our live shows, theme parks, family attractions, museums, restaurants and shops are all open. All the theatres are high and dry, and ready with their new productions."
The three-day tournament will be the second of the season in the Bass Pro Shops PAA Tournament Series presented by Carrot Stix. Competitors will be vying for a prize package including cash and a new Nitro Z-8 with a Mercury 225 and T-H Marine Atlas Jackplate. The angler with the biggest bass of the tournament will win a new Humminbird 898c Si Combo sonar unit.
Pros also will be battling for PAA Tournament Series points, which will help determine the field for the Toyota Texas Bass Classic in October on Lake Conroe. The top 15 in the PAA Tournament Series point standings, along with the top 15 from the Bassmaster Elite Series and FLW Tour and four sponsor exemptions, will comprise the TTBC field. Any double qualifiers will be filled from the PAA Tournament Series standings.
PAA Member Observer positions are available for the Table Rock tournament. For only $50, official observers can ride with the pros during tournament days to watch the action up close. At least a PAA General membership ($50) is required. It's a great way to learn about strategy, lure selection and other ways to increase your fishing knowledge.
For more information on Observer opportunities, call the PAA at (270) 527-2030.
Table Rock State Park: www.mostateparks.com
State Park Marina: www.stateparkmarina.com
Branson Lakes Area Chamber/CVB: www.ExploreBranson.com