For immediate release June 28, 2005
BASS Unveils Women's Bassmaster Tour
Celebration, Fla. - BASS, the world's largest fishing organization,
announced today the creation of the Women's Bassmaster Tour, a
five-event series debuting in 2006 - following a preview event planned
for October 2005 - and culminating in the Women's Bassmaster
Championship in February of 2007.
"We believe that the Women's Bassmaster Tour will provide a superior
outlet for the many women anglers who dream of fishing competitively,"
said Don Rucks, general manager of BASS. "As we continue to encourage
women anglers in our other events, the WBT represents an important step
in our efforts to grow the sport of bass fishing."
There are 34.1 million anglers in America and approximately 26 percent
are women, according to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Additionally,
of the 28.4 million freshwater anglers in America, 26 percent are women.
ESPN and BASS are dedicated to serving this market and seek to
proactively grow it.
"ESPN is a leader in the women's sports arena," said Christine Godleski,
vice president and general manager of ESPN Outdoors. "Today, we are
bringing the BASS standards and prestige to women's bass fishing to grow
the sport. ESPN proudly continues to enhance our leadership and
commitment to women's sports."
WBT events will coincide with the dates and locations of five of next
year's CITGO Bassmaster Tour events. The two tours will fish separate
but nearby waters. Final round weigh-ins on the WBT will be held
on the same stage as Bassmaster Tour events.
Like the Bassmaster Tour, the WBT will feature a pro-am format. Anglers
will be randomly paired and boaters will compete against boaters while
non-boaters will compete against non-boaters.
WBT events will span three days - Thursdays through Saturdays. The full
field will fish during the first two rounds of competition. After Day
Two, the field will be cut to the top six anglers.
In 2007, the inaugural Women's Bassmaster Championship will be held at
the same time and in the same general location as the CITGO Bassmaster
Classic. Competitors from both circuits will fish different waters
following a format similar to regular Tour events. A total of 12 anglers
will qualify for the Women's Bassmaster Championship based on their Tour
performance. As an added bonus, the Women's Bassmaster
Championship weigh-ins will take place at the same venue as those for
the Bassmaster Classic.
More details, including tournament locations and prize structure for the
preview event and the 2006 Tour schedule, will be revealed at a news
conference during CITGO Bassmaster Classic week this summer in
BASS is the world's largest fishing organization, sanctioning more than
20,000 tournaments worldwide through its Federation. The CITGO
Bassmaster Tournament Trail, which includes the CITGO Bassmaster Classic
- the world championship of bass fishing - is the oldest and most
prestigious pro bass fishing tournament circuit and continues to set the
standard for credibility, professionalism and sportsmanship as it has
For more information, contact BASS Communications at (407) 566-2208 or