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Big Bass Rodeo

April 19, 2012

If you enjoy bass fishing, winning cash, prizes and trophies, then you might want to enter in this year’s Big Bass Rodeo. The Pushmataha County Sportsman Club will host the 41st Annual Big Bass Rodeo on April 21-22 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 12 at McGee Creek, sponsoring the club’s Junior Bassmasters, awards and prizes for kids during the annual banquet and so on.

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. 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 and trophies will be awarded to the top five finishers. 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 20, 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 23, 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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