Sturgeon Bay Open Bass Tournament MAY 17, 18th and 19th, BASS FISHING STURGEON BAY

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 Apr 17th, 2012 by OutdoorsFIRST 

Modified Apr 17th, 2012 at 12:00 AM

Sturgeon Bay, WI-Do you want action and excitement…..we mean “reel” action! Then you want to be at Sawyer Park in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin  May 17th, 18th and 19th for the 22nd Annual Sturgeon Bay Open Bass Tournament! There will be plenty of action, on and off the water, and the weigh-ins will be full of anticipation, especially with everyone waiting to see if someone can tip the scales with a 7 lb. Small Mouth Bass.

From its small beginning 21 years ago, the Sturgeon Bay Open Bass Tournament has grown to be the Midwest’s Premier Bass tournament and become synonymous with the best bass fishing tournaments in the country. Mercury Marine and Ranger Boats are again our Exclusive Elite Sponsors for the 2012 STURGEON BAY OPEN BASS TOURNAMENT.  The first place team will take home a brand new 2012 Ranger Z118 powered by a Mercury 150 Optimax plus $10,000 in cash and prizes for a total value of $41,640.

Events for the 2012 tournament kick off on Thursday, May 17th with a Media fishing day. This exclusive event allows media contacts and VIP’s to experience the heart pounding excitement of wrestling with a Door County Smallmouth. They will also be able to see other important facets of the tournament its self.

The pros begin their quest at 6.30 am Friday, May 18th, as the tournament participants take to the water for the first day of tournament fishing. Each angler knows that they could have a share in over $100,000 in cash and prizes!   Friday afternoon the weigh-in starts at 4:00 p.m. as everyone gathers to see who will bring the big bass to the scale and who will walk away with a brand new Ranger Boat, Mercury Motor & trailer along with $10,000 in cash and prizes.  Sunday will pose as our alternate day if conditions due not permit on either Friday or Saturday.

While the fishermen hit the water for two great days of fishing…..there is plenty to do at Sawyer Park during the day.  Saturday, May 19th is KIDS DAY!!!  From 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Kids can try their luck at all sorts of games……Scorpion Fishing; Minnow Races, Kids Casting Contest and a Fishing Pond, spend time in the blow up bouncers, do a craft project or stop by and get your face painted.   All participating kids will take home a prize — with additional chances to win a grand prize in each category. Come join the fun and meet the BUZZ THE BIG DAWG from 97.7 The Big Dawg Radio Station!!!

Sawyer Park also is the site on Saturday afternoon for the Dock Dance from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.   Come on down and listen to the music, dance a bit and grab a bite to eat.  What a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon in May!!  The anglers will return at 3:00pm for the final days weigh in. One can be sure it’s going to be a thriller!   Prizes will be awarded at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.

Besides planning this outstanding event each spring, the Sturgeon Bay Open Bass Tournament Organization is also involved in other projects throughout the community.  We joined forces with the Sturgeon Bay Rotary to have windows and doors add to the pavilion at Sawyer Park during the past year.  Teamed up with the Door County Invasive Species Program to educate the public and provide equipment to fight invasive species.  Provided funding for the flag pole at the Carmody Park Boat Launch in Little Sturgeon and worked with youth groups and hunter safety programs as well.  We are always looking for projects and ways to promote fishing with the youth of our community.    

All sports writers, sportscaster and editors are invited to participate in media day on Thursday, May 17th and spend the day on the water with one of our Pro Fishermen. We ask that you call in advance and let us know that you will be attending so that we can make all the needed arrangements. Please contact Denise Plassmeyer at 920/746-8741 or Wendy Heim at 920-366-4939 to register for the Media Day.  If you have any additional questions, you can contact either Denise or Wendi for further information.  We look forward to seeing you!


7:30  A.M. Participants register @ Sawyer Park

3:00 PM PRE-FISHING ENDS -Contestants must be off the tournament waters by                     3:00 PM
4:00 – 5:30 PM Tournament Registration at Sawyer Park – Under the tent
6:00 – 7:00 PM MANDATORY Tournament Participant Meeting at Sawyer Park
                 AWARDS FOR PRO-AM

5:00 AM Check-In & Boat Inspection
6:30 AM – 4:00 P.M. FIRST FLIGHT  – Tournament Begins
7:00 AM – 5:00 PM   SECOND FLIGHT
4:00 p.m.  Weigh-In Begins @ Sawyer Park

5:00 AM Check-In & Boat Inspection
6:30 AM – 3:00 P.M. FIRST FLIGHT  – Tournament Begins
7:00 AM – 4:00 PM   SECOND FLIGHT
10:30 AM – 1:30 PM KID’S DAY – Events for all ages
3:00 – 7:00 PM DOCK DANCE
3:00 p.m.  Weigh-In Begins @ Sawyer Park
5:00 pm  Awards Presentation


This day is reserved for a makeup day if Friday or Saturday needs to be cancelled because of weather conditions

5:00 AM Check-In & Boat Inspection
6:30 AM – 2:00 pm  First Flight
7:00 AM – 3:00 p.m. Second Flight
2:00 PM Weigh-In

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