2004 Bassmaster Elite 50 Series - Event #1 CITGO Bassmaster Tournament Trail presented by Busch Beer Russellville, Ark. - Lake Dardanelle April 14-17, 2004
WEIGH-IN DAY 1-4 & OUTDOOR EXPO: Lake Dardanelle State Park 2428 Marina Road Russellville, Ark. (479) 967-5516
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT RUSSELLVILLE, ARK.: www.russellvillechamber.org (479) 968-2530
ANGLER REGISTRATION: Lake Dardanelle State Park Visitor Center 2428 Marina Road Russellville, Ark.
LAUNCH AREA: Lake Dardanelle State Park 2428 Marina Road Russellville, Ark.
ELITE 50 POINTS STANDINGS: Points will be awarded on the same 300-point structure as the Tour events. Anglers will earn their first points based on their finishes at Dardanelle.
ELITE 50 CUT: After day two of the event, the field will be cut to the top 12 anglers who will fish a six-hole course. The remaining 38 anglers will fish the main lake on day three in order to improve their positions in the point standings beyond 12th place. During day four, only the top six anglers will fish the six-hole course. No other anglers will fish the final day.
PRIZE STRUCTURE: At the end of the four-event series, the points leader will win the $150,000 grand prize, with additional purses awarded to the rest of the field.
All 50 anglers will receive $500 for participating in tournaments 1-3. In addition, the winner of each tournament will receive $5,000, second will get $4,000, third will get $3,000, fourth will get $1,500, fifth will get $1,000 and sixth will get $500. For complete prize information, visit www.bassmaster.com.
TELEVISION: Saturday, April 24 at 10:30 a.m. ET/9:30 a.m. CT on ESPN2.
NEXT STOP: Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, Columbus, Miss. - May 19-22.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: SUNDAY: First day of practice.
MONDAY: Second day of practice.
TUESDAY: Third day of practice. Tournament registration & dinner for anglers and sponsors 4:30-5:30 p.m. Tournament briefing 6:30-7:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY: Day One of Tournament - Launch at 10 a.m. Weigh-in 7 p.m.
THURSDAY: Day Two of Tournament - Launch at 10 a.m. Weigh-in 7 p.m. Cut to top twelve pro and amateur anglers. Meeting directly after weigh-in.
FRIDAY: Day Three of Tournament - Launch at 10 a.m. (Top 12 fish six-hole course, remaining 38 fish main lake) Outdoor Expo opens 3 p.m. Weigh-in 7 p.m. Cut to final six pros.
SATURDAY: Day Four of Tournament - Launch at 10 a.m. (All six fish six-hole course) Outdoor Expo opens 10 a.m. Weigh-in 7 p.m. Champion and remaining top five pro anglers' autograph signing at sponsor booths following weigh-in.
BASSMASTER ELITE 50 ENTRY LIST:
ALABAMA Tim Horton Randy Howell Gerald Swindle
ARIZONA Brett Hite John Murray Dean Rojas
ARKANSAS George Cochran Mark Davis Larry Nixon Ron Shuffield Mike Wurm
CALIFORNIA Robert Lee Ishama Monroe Skeet Reese
FLORIDA Jim Bitter Shaw E. Grigsby Jr. Roland Martin Bernie Schultz Peter Thilveros
KANSAS Brent Chapman
KENTUCKY Todd Auten Jack Gadlage Mark Menendez Kevin Wirth
LOUISIANA Greg Hackney
MICHIGAN Kevin VanDam
MISSISSIPPI Paul Elias
MISSOURI Randy Blaukat Chad Brauer Denny Brauer Rick Clunn Stacey King Brian Snowden
NEW JERSEY Mike Iaconelli
NORTH CAROLINA David Fritts Dustin Wilks
OKLAHOMA Tom Biffle Edwin Evers O T Fears III Kenyon Hill
SOUTH CAROLINA Davy Hite
TEXAS Todd Faircloth Alton Jones Kelly Jordon Gary Klein Ben Matsubu Bud Pruitt Zell Rowland David Wharton Jay Yelas