2016 Bass Pro Shops Central Open Comes to Morgan City Oct. 27-29, 2016

2016 Bass Pro Shops Central Open Comes to Morgan City

Over 400 anglers expected October 27-29, 2016

MORGAN CITY, LA — This maze of bayous and natural lakes that make up the picturesque fishery of the Atchafalaya Basin, known both for its abundance and beauty, will play host to the 2016 Bass Pro Shops Central Open October 27-29, 2016.

There are 190 boats and over 400 anglers expected to participate in the tournament, bringing an estimated economic impact of $2 million to St. Mary Parish. The local host for the event is the Cajun Coast Visitors and Convention Bureau.

The Atchafalaya Basin, included in Bassmaster Magazine’s 2015 Best Bass Lakes list, has hosted five previous Bassmaster events, including the 2009 Central Open in which Oklahoma pro Edwin Evers earned his second Opens victory in a fourth-day fish-off tiebreaker

"We are grateful to be working with the Cajun Coast Visitors and Convention Bureau and bringing the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open Series to the Atchafalaya Basin. The fishing should be great this time of year and the anglers from around the county will see all that Morgan City and the Cajun Coast has to offer," Michael Mulone, Director of Event & Tourism Partnerships, said.

Registration will be held October 26, 2016, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Morgan City Municipal Auditorium with a meal served for anglers. 

Weigh-ins will be at the Jesse Fontenot Memorial Boat Landing in Berwick, LA October 27 and 28, with final weigh-in held February 29 at Bass Pro Shop in Denham Springs, LA.

There will be live coverage of the tournament on bassmaster.com including live streaming of the daily weigh-ins.

“We’re excited to welcome the Bassmaster Series back to the Atchafalaya Basin and to welcome all the anglers to the Cajun Coast. The Atchafalaya Basin is one of the most beautiful places to fish,” Carrie Stansbury, Cajun Coast Visitors & Convention Bureau Executive Director, said.