FPT Shasta Lake - Venue change
As most of you know, a great deal of planning and effort goes into the scheduling of dates for the events that are placed on our tournament calendars. Last year, in mid July Shasta Lake was placed on the FPT event calendar slated for early May, going out of Bridgebay Resort for several reasons. First, was to continue to bring diversity to the type of lakes the FPT visits. Second, was to help bring much needed support and revenue to the many struggling businesses in the greater Redding area.
Last week, the management at Bridgebay Resort, notified the Future Pro Tour offices that they have instituted a policy to not allow bass fishing organizations to use their facilities between May 1st and Oct 1st. The reason given was that during this time of the year, they do not want to inconvenience or disturb their paying houseboat customers and other guests with the large crowds of people that bass fishing events draw.
And while it is the prerogative of any business or organization to place parameters or restrictions on the type of customers they choose to service, failure to notify an organization - in a timely fashion, of policies that could severely affect that organization's pre-planned schedules and customer base is of great concern to us.
To this end, due to circumstances beyond our control, we have no choice but to cancel the FPT's May 8th Shasta Lake venue. The event is being moved, however, on the same day (May 8th), to the California Delta, going out of Brannon Island.
Brannon Island is a huge facility, with six wide berth boat ramps and a parking lot that can accommodate well over 200 boats and trailers. In addition, lots of campsites are available, and launch fees are very reasonable.
So again for those of you that don't have the financial resources to travel at this time, this should be good news, as here is another event that is close to home, and will help many of you cut down on expenses.
Not only that.. But the bite should be OFF-THE-HOOK! Remember it was on this exact day during our tournament in May of 2008, that Pat Zapponi and Andrew Perry, brought in a 5-fish bag that weighed nearly 40 pounds - with just about all of them being caught on swimbaits!
We regret any inconvenience that this change in venue may have caused you, but we have done the best we can with the limited choices we have and the sudden situation we had to face.
If you have any questions regarding this change, please call the FPT offices - ANYTIME.
Thank you in advance for your understanding...
See you all at the Delta!
Source: futureprotour.net (2010-04-22)