LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Arkansas' largest amateur fishing tournament is coming to central Arkansas this weekend along the Arkansas River.
The Big Bass Bonanza begins Friday, June 28 and continues through Sunday, June 30. Fisherman can begin on the waters each day at 6 a.m. The first weigh-in starts at 8 a.m. then from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. an hourly weigh-in will be held.
There are five pool weigh-in sites along the Arkansas River for competition. Pool #1: Fort Smith - Clear Creek Park; Pool #2: Dardanelle State Park, Russellville side; Pool #3: North Little Rock Marina and Boat Dock. Located on the east side of the I-30 bridge in North Little Rock; Pool #4: Pine Bluff Regional Park; Pool #5: Pendleton Bridge located 9.5 miles east of Dumas on Hwy. 165.
The tournament is guaranteeing $100,000 in cash prizes and additional hourly money is awarded based on the number of fishermen. A guaranteed $50,000 is going to the fisherman that hauls in the biggest bass overall, and a guaranteed $40,00 will be distributed among the anglers who catch the largest fish in the four (4) remaining weigh-in pools. The final $10,000 of guaranteed money will be place money for all five pools. Hourly prize money for first, second and third place will be the top priority to pay after guaranteed prize. The amount will be determined by the number of registrants.