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BASS Announces 2011 Elite Series Schedule

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BASS unveiled the 2011 Bassmaster Elite Series regular-season schedule Wednesday. The most prestigious level of tournament fishing will kick off near BASS headquarters with consecutive events in Florida and will come full circle for the conclusion in Alabama, BASS’ birthplace. In between, the circuit will visit three fisheries – St. Johns River, Toledo Bend and West Point Lake –  that will host their first Elite Series event.  

“It’s exciting to bring the Elite Series to new communities and expose the most prestigious level of tournament bass fishing to new fans and BASS members,†said Tom Ricks, vice president and general manager, BASS. “We appreciate the support of the outstanding communities that are involved with BASS events.â€

In February, BASS announced the dates for the 2011 Bassmaster Classic: Feb. 18-20, out of New Orleans. The Super Bowl of bass fishing will kick off the BASS season and usher in ESPN2’s coverage of BASS in 2011. As with past years, each Elite Series event will receive one hour of television coverage on ESPN2’s The Bassmasters.

Date

Event

Fishery

Host City

March 10-13

Sunshine Showdown

Harris Chain

Tavares, Fla.

March 17-20

Citrus Slam

St. John’s River

Palatka, Fla.

*April 6-9

Alabama Charge

Pickwick Lake

Florence, Ala.

April 14-17

Battle on the Bayou

Toledo Bend

Many, La.

May 5-8

Pride of Georgia

West Point Lake

LaGrange, Ga.

May 12-15

Carolina Clash

Lake Murray

Columbia, S.C.

June 9-12

Diamond Drive

Arkansas River

Little Rock, Ark.

June 16-19

Dixie Duel

Wheeler Lake

Decatur, Ala.

* Wednesday-Saturday event