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Big Bass Rodeo to take place April 20-21

April 18, 2013

If you enjoy bass fishing, winning cash, prizes and trophies, then you might want to consider entering in this year’s Big Bass Rodeo. The Pushmataha County Sportsman Club will host the 42nd Annual Big Bass Rodeo on April 20-21, at Pine Creek Lake. This is the oldest, continuous running big bass tournament in the state and quite possibly the nation. This is the club’s only fund raising event. Proceeds from the tournament will be used for prizes and food at the club’s free youth tournament, scheduled for May 11 at McGee Creek, awards and prizes for kids during the annual awards banquet, as well as other club and community activities.

Headquarters for the Big Bass Rodeo will be at the pavilion on Rock Creek Point in Little River South Park. The entry fee is $25.00 per angler. The first 120 contestants will receive a Big Bass Rodeo cap provided by Pruett’s and AmeriState Bank of Antlers. You must be member of the Pushmataha County Sportsman Club to compete. Memberships are $15.00 per year or a temporary membership, good for one tournament, is available for $5.00. There is a guaranteed first place prize of $500.00. Winners are determined by the weight of their largest bass weighed in. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top five finishers based on a percentage of the total entry fee money. Each of the top five contestants will also receive a trophy compliment of FirstBank in Antlers. This tournament would not be a success without the support of our local merchants. Sixth place on down will win prizes donated by these merchants until the supply of prizes is exhausted.

Contestants may enter on Friday, April 19, from 5:30 until 9:30 p.m. at the tournament headquarters or on Saturday morning before the start of the tournament. Fishing times will be from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and from 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Members are reminded that turkey season opens on Monday, April 22, in the southeast counties of Oklahoma. Those wishing to enter the club’s turkey season contest must have their entries in before season begins. Entry for the contest is $7.00 per person. Successful hunters must take their bird to Kiamichi Taxidermy to have it weighed and measured for the contest. Prizes are awarded for the heaviest bird and the turkey with the longest beard. Entry fees may be paid at Silvey’s Tax or at Kiamichi Taxidermy.

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