WON BASS kicks off Southern Circuit at Lake Havasu

Lake Havasu City, AZ – The Southern WON BASS Pro-AAA circuit will be kicking off the 2006 season with the Feb 18-19th Lake Havasu Open. Staged out of the Nautical Inn and Resort, this event is expected to draw a full field of anglers for what should be a very strong pre-spawn bite on both smallmouth and largemouth bass.

Pro anglers will be competing for a guaranteed top prize of $20,000 cash courtesy of Mercury Marine. They will also be accruing points that will be used to determine the “Southern Angler of the Year” at the close of the third and final event of the season at Lake Pleasant on April 8th & 9th. The “Southern Angler of the Year” will be awarded a fully rigged Ranger 185VS boat and trailer outfitted with a Mercury OptiMax 175hp outboard, Lowrance electronics, MotorGuide trolling motor and more. This prize package is valued at $30,000.

In addition to the regular cash payouts on both the Pro and AAA side, Pro anglers can win an additional $3,000 in Ranger Cup cash if they are a registered Ranger Cup participant and win the Lake Havasu Open. $1,500 will be up for grabs to the highest finishing Ranger Cup Pro should a non-Ranger Cup angler finish first.

MotorGuide will also be providing a $500 contingency award should the winner possess a MotorGuide trolling motor on their tournament winning rig. Jeffrey Michaels was the first angler of the 2006 season to take advantage of this award as he ran a MotorGuide on the bow of his Ranger 519VX at the Lake Shasta open in January.

Anglers will also accrue points to be used for year end points races such as the $10,000 Daiwa Cup for the Pros and the Mercury Cup which will give the AAA champion a new 150hp OptiMax motor.

WON BASS last visited Lake Havasu in February of 2005 when Murph McBride of Pioche, Nevada brought a two-day weight of 33.11 to win a $36,000 boat & motor package. Look for a similar weight to take top honors at this years event.

WON BASS uses a shared weight format that encourages cooperation between both anglers on the boat. The Pro angler retains control of the boat and determines fishing locations and techniques while the AAA angler contributes to the overall catch. Anglers share the 5 fish limit weight for each day. Pro and AAA anglers change partners each day of competition.

Entry fees remain at $500 for pro anglers and $225 for AAA fishermen with $2,300 worth of daily Big Bass awards included in your entry fees. Other options such as a $50 big stringer and $100 high roller option are also available for those who chose to enter. Deadline to enter for the Lake Havasu event is noon on Tuesday, Feb 13th.

WON BASS is one of the west’s oldest and most respected tournament organizations, serving west coast fishermen for the past 19 years. WON BASS event sponsors include Mercury Marine, Ranger Boats, El Cajon Ford, Plano tackle boxes, Berkley lures, Stren line, Cabela’s, Johnsonville Sausage, Lowrance, MotorGuide, Seguar, Costa Del Mar, Owner Hooks, Yo-Zuri, Leatherman Tools, X-Tools, Markey’s Spinnerbaits, West Marine, SPRO, Water Gremlin, and Continental Tires.

For tournament rules, sponsor information and entry forms, please log on to the official WON BASS website at www.wonbass.com or you may also register over the phone by calling Bonnie at (949) 366-0030 ext 38.