TAVARES – For the second consecutive year, The Oakley Big Bass Tour will make a splash in Lake County for the Harris Chain Big Bass Classic, to be held Feb. 28 - March 1 at the Hickory Point Recreational Facility, 27341 State Road 19, Tavares. The open format tournament will offer amateur anglers the chance to compete for thousands of dollars in cash and prizes throughout the weekend.
“In its first year on the Harris Chain of Lakes, the Oakley Big Bass Tour was a huge success, attracting hundreds of anglers from all around the southeast,” said Adam Ashton, Lake County's Sports Coordinator. “We are excited to bring this popular tournament back to Lake County and to continue to showcase why the Harris Chain is known as one of the nation’s premiere bass fishing destinations.”
The Harris Chain of Lakes is the ideal location for largemouth bass fishing, and the tournament waters will include all lakes, rivers, creeks and canals connected to the Harris Chain, such as Lakes Griffin, Eustis, Harris, Little Lake Harris, Denham, Dora, Beauclaire, Carlton, Trout, and Horseshoe. The Northern boundary is at Moss Bluff Lock and Dam on the Oklawaha River and the Southern boundary is the Apopka-Beauclaire Lock.
The event also offers participants an opportunity to take advantage of Hickory Point’s six new floating boat docks, built through the joint efforts of the Lake County Board of County Commissioners and the Lake County Water Authority.
The tournament features a unique format with hourly cash prizes, with a total of $36,750 paid out over the weekend. The “Biggest Fish” of the weekend will win a 2015 Nitro Z7 boat with a Mercury 150HP ProXS motor, valued at $30,000. The two-day entry fee is $150 per angler. On-site registration will be held at Hickory Point on Friday, Feb. 27, with competitions throughout the weekend. Anglers may pre-register online at www.oakleybigbass.com.
Established in 2007, The Oakley Big Bass Tour is focused on the promotion of bass fishing and bass conservation at the grass roots level. Headquartered in Southern California, Oakley is a worldwide leader in performance optics, premium sunglasses, goggles, prescription eyewear and HD Polarized fishing specific sunglasses.
To learn more about why Lake County is the ideal location for sporting events, log on to www.SportsInLakeFL.com or contact Lake County at 352-742-3918.