B.A.S.S. To Host Toyota Bassmaster Angler Of The Year Championship In September
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — B.A.S.S., the world’s largest fishing organization, will host the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship, September 20-23, in Young Harris, Ga. This event marks the first time B.A.S.S. has held the AOY tournament on Lake Chatuge.
The 2018 Bassmaster Elite Series culminates with the $1 million Angler of the Year Championship, and only the Top 50 anglers in Toyota Angler of the Year (AOY) points standings after the Huk Bassmaster Elite at St. Lawrence River presented by Black Velvet (Aug. 23-26) are eligible to compete in the prestigious tournament.
Earning a spot in this season-ending derby is no easy accomplishment. Participation is based upon performance — specifically, the number of AOY points earned across the entire Bassmaster Elite Series season.
In addition to more than $1 million in prize money, at stake are the coveted title of 2018 Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year and — for at least the Top 35 anglers — a berth in the 2018 “Super Bowl of Bass Fishing,” the Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods.
The full field will compete for three days, (Thursday, Friday and Sunday). The Bassmaster Elite Series Outdoors Expo and Bassmaster University will take place on Saturday. The fan-appreciation day will be held in the Expo area at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, where the pros will be giving seminars, signing autographs and engaging with fans on a personal level.
From watching the first boats take off at 7 a.m. ET on Thursday, Sept. 20 to the final weigh-in at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds on Sunday at 3:45 p.m., all activities are family-friendly and open to the public.
Schedule of Events *All times are local and subject to change, check Bassmaster.com for official details.
Thursday, Sept. 20 7 a.m. The full field of anglers launch on Lake Chatuge. Public launch viewing is available each day
from the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds (1311 Music Hall Rd. Hiawassee, GA)
3:45 p.m. Official weigh-in takes place at Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
Friday, Sept. 21 7 a.m. The full field of anglers launch on Lake Chatuge 3:45 p.m. Official weigh-in takes place at Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
Saturday, Sept. 22 (No Competition) 10 a.m. Bassmaster Elite Series Outdoors Expo with national and local vendors opens for the day
11:30 a.m. Bassmaster University welcome with Dave Mercer and the AOY leader
Noon – 4 p.m. Bassmaster University, featuring seminars taught by Bassmaster Elite Series pros and staff.
4 p.m. Champions Chat hosted by Dave Mercer with the Top 5 in AOY points and the Rookie of the Year
Sunday, Sept. 23 7 a.m. The anglers launch for the final day of Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship
11 a.m. Bassmaster Elite Series Outdoors Expo with national and local vendors opens for the day
3:45 p.m. Official final weigh-in for the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship at
Lake Chatuge at Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
Bassmaster Elite Series Outdoors Expo activities include:
Meet and greet with celebrity Elite pros for autograph and photograph sessions
Free kids activities and arts and crafts vendors
Local vendors include: Southern Crossroads Outfitters, Real Time Pain Relief, Refined Forest, The Ridges Resort on Lake Chatuge, The Oaks Lakeside Kitchen, Brothers at Willow Ranch, Twisted Hickory BBQ, Yukon Outfitters, Sassy Bell Delights, Noontootla Creek Farms, Nantahala Bank and Trust, Mahan Family Chiropractic and more
A chance to purchase the latest line of fishing wear from Huk Performance Fishing at their merchandise trailer.
Power-Pole will have several active displays and will be selling their latest products and merchandise, as well.
Buy official gear from the B.A.S.S. merchandise booth
Follow your favorite pros on the water with up-to-the-minute updates on BASSTrakk
Stop by Humminbird and Minn Kota for a Q&A session with their pro staff
Free boat and motor demo rides from Skeeter, Yamaha, Nitro, Triton and Mercury
Toyota will be at the event with interactive displays and activities such as — designing your own lure and a NASCAR video game
2018 Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship Title and Platinum Sponsor:Toyota
2018 Bassmaster Elite Series Premier Sponsors: Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Power-Pole, Skeeter Boats, Triton Boats, Yamaha, Abu Garcia, Berkley, Huk, Humminbird, Mercury
2018 Bassmaster Elite Series Supporting Sponsors: Phoenix Boats, T-H Marine, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Carhartt, Livingston Lures, Lowrance
2018 Bassmaster Elite Series Elite Partner: Black Velvet
2018 Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship Local Host: Towns County Chamber of Commerce
B.A.S.S. is the worldwide authority on bass fishing and keeper of the culture of the sport, providing cutting edge content on bass fishing whenever, wherever and however bass fishing fans want to use it. Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., the 500,000-member organization’s fully integrated media platforms include the industry’s leading magazines (Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times), website (Bassmaster.com), television show (The Bassmasters on ESPN2), radio show (Bassmaster Radio), social media programs and events. For 50 years, B.A.S.S. has been dedicated to access, conservation and youth fishing.
The Bassmaster Tournament Trail includes the most prestigious events at each level of competition, including the Bassmaster Elite Series, Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open Series, Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation Series presented by Magellan Outdoors, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops, Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods, Bassmaster Team Championship and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods.
For more information on the upcoming 2018 Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Tournament on Lake Chatuge, contact the Towns County Chamber of Commerce at 706-896-4966 or visit www.golakechatuge.com.
Fishing starts on Thursday, September 20 and continues through Sunday, September 23. The Expo will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 22 and 23. BASSmasters University will be held at the Expo on Saturday, September 22.