Calling all anglers and fishing enthusiasts! Have you marked your calendars yet? Because something truly exciting is coming up – the Bass Pro Shops Kevin Van Dam Big Bass Classic Presented by Explore Branson. And let me tell you, folks, this event is packed with some serious thrills and guaranteed prizes that’ll make any angler’s heart skip a beat!

Picture this: $150,000 in guaranteed prizes and payouts! Yes, you read that right. That’s some serious cash waiting to be reeled in, my friends. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just dipping your toes into the world of competitive fishing, there’s something for everyone at this three-day extravaganza.

Now, let’s talk logistics. We’re setting up camp at the stunning Table Rock Lake, Missouri. Long Creek Marina is our weigh-in site, where the magic happens. And speaking of magic, check out the grand prize – a 2024 NITRO® Z18 rigged with all the bells and whistles a fishing enthusiast could dream of. Just imagine cruising the waters in style with that beauty!

But wait, there’s more! Hourly paybacks totaling a whopping $63,525, with cash prizes for the top 10 anglers every hour. And let’s not forget our young anglers – there’s a dedicated Youth Division with a total payback of $600 up for grabs. It’s never too early to start honing those fishing skills, right?

Now, here’s a little insider tip for you early birds. The first 250 two or three-day online entrants snag themselves a sweet deal – a $25,000 Fenwick Eagle Series Casting Rod, absolutely free. Talk about starting the tournament on the right foot! Swing by Long Creek Marina on April 4th between 4-6 pm to pick up your rod, or grab it on any tournament day.

And hey, we get it – life gets busy. That’s why we’ve made registration a breeze. Sign up online before 9:00 p.m. on the Thursday prior to the event, or pop by during rod pickup hours. Late to the party? No worries, you can still register online before 9:00 p.m. on Friday and 6 p.m. on Saturday. Just make sure to follow the rules and regulations listed on our website.

Now, let’s talk tech. We’ve got a nifty text system in place to keep you in the loop. Simply text “kvd” to 90294 to stay updated on all things tournament-related. And Android users, we’ve got you covered too – just search for the number 90294 in your text app and hit accept. Easy peasy, right?

As for start times, we’ll shoot you a text the day before the tournament kicks off. No need to fret – we’ll let you know when it’s safe to cast your lines and start reeling in those big bass. And speaking of reeling them in, weigh-in times are spread throughout the day, so you can showcase your prize catches at your convenience.

Now, before I let you go, a quick reminder about fish size limits and our Junior Division. We’re all about conservation and fair play, so make sure your catches meet the 15″ minimum size limit. And for our young anglers aged 12 and under, we’ve got a special Junior Division with reduced entry fees and top-notch prizes up for grabs.

So, what are you waiting for? Dust off those fishing rods, pack your tackle box, and get ready for an unforgettable weekend of angling action at the Bass Pro Shops Kevin Van Dam Big Bass Classic Presented by Explore Branson. Trust me, folks, you won’t want to miss this!

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