The Cane River Lake event in Natchitoches, Louisiana kicks off on Saturday, March 21 with the best female anglers from across the country arriving to begin the official practice period. As part of the event, the LBAA will be hosting two gatherings specifically for local children along the riverfront in downtown Natchitoches. The week will conclude with the crowning of champions in both the pro-angler and co-angler divisions.
To kick off the week, the LBAA Women’s Pro Bass Tour has partnered with the North Louisiana History Museum and the Louisiana State Hall of Fame for a “Get Hooked: Casting with the Pros” event. Children six years old and up—accompanied by an adult—are invited to learn about bass fishing and test their casting skills against the top female competitors in the nation. There will be some rods and reels on hand, but kids are also welcome to bring their own. The event will include stations focused on casting, knot tying, habitat, conservation, and fish identification.
After a week of practice, the first stop of the 2020 LBAA season will move into high gear. On Thursday evening, Hook’n Up & Track’n Down and V&M Baits will be hosting the registration/briefing meeting, where the anglers will find out who they will be fishing with on each of the two days of competition. The tournament kicks off on Friday and Saturday, March 27 and 28.
At 3:00 p.m. each day, the ladies will come to the pavilion for weigh-in. The weigh trailer will be set up in front of the pavilion, allowing folks to bring their lawn chairs for up-close-and-personal seating, as well as enjoy great views from the amphitheater seating area. Anglers in the pro division can bring their five biggest fish for the day to the stage, while the co-anglers are vying to bring their three biggest to the scales.
The final day of the Pro Gator Boats Women’s Pro Bass Tour event will include a second opportunity for youngsters. While the anglers are out on the water, the Natchitoches riverfront shoreline will be filled with kids fishing. Pond Hopper Nation‘s “Teach a Child to Fish Day” will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Each child is provided with a free fishing rod, Pond Hopper Nation T-shirt, and tackle, in hopes they can learn the basics of how to fish.
At the conclusion of the Saturday afternoon weigh-in, the 2020 Cane River Lake champions will be crowned. Awards will also be handed out for the Julie Martin Foundation Big Bass in each division. In addition, while the results are being verified, there will be some audience participation activities for folks in the crowd.
Louisiana native and LBAA pro-angler Penny McCurdy stated, “We are so excited to kick off our first LBAA Pro Circuit event of 2020 in Natchitoches, a beautiful town with lots charm, culture, friendly people, great food, and the beautiful Cane River that runs through the heart of downtown.”
~By Kent Huffman
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