The investment group Outdoor Heritage, Inc., began laying out plans to organize pro-am and team bass fishing trails for western state anglers. The circuits are planning to launch in the spring of 2013 and will feature north and south divisions for the pro-am trail and a team trail focused in California to start with plans to expand over the course of three years. The investment company is comprised of western stalwarts like Gary and Richard Dobyns, Tony Franceschi, Roderick Lee, Jim Markham and Craig Gottwals. They are already gaining significant sponsorship support according to their release today.
"We’ve been offered a wide variety of tournaments in the past, but never one that provided anglers the opportunity to chase the dream of making a living fishing out West,” states Franceschi. “Our plan is to build this organization so that in the future, whether you are just starting out or have been competing for years, there will be the opportunity to make your dreams a reality!"
Angling legend Gary Dobyns echoes Franceschi’s sentiments.
Says Dobyns, “Flat out, this circuit will attract the best of the best. This is just the beginning; our vision is to build upon this and deliver an elite-level circuit for the West.”
Sponsorship and angling payouts will be detailed at a later date but here are the tenative schedules for 2013.
North Pro-Am ($1200 Pro / $400 Am)
Shasta Feb 8-10, 2013
Oroville March 15-17, 2013
Don Pedro April 26-28, 2013
Clear Lake May 31 – June 2, 2013
South Pro-Am ($1200 Pro / $400 Am)
Roosevelt Feb 1-3, 2013 (tentative)
Havasu March 8-10, 2013
Pleasant April 19-21, 2013
Mead June 7-9, 2013
Oroville January 26, 2013
Berryessa March 2, 2013
Folsom April 6, 2013
Cal Delta May 11, 2013
Clear Lake June 29, 2013