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Bassmaster Memorial

7/6/2007

The Co-angler field for the Bassmaster Memorial is full with a waiting list.

CO-ANGLER ENTRY FEE: Deposit: $100.00/Balance due: $200.00

Entry Fee/Balance Deadline Dates are the dates the balances are due. The entry fee deadline date applies only to the co-angler. Professionals have a separate payment plan. You will not receive any further notices on balances due. It is the angler's responsibility to be sure payment is made by the balance deadline date. Balances can be paid on line at www.bassmaster.com if you paid your deposit online.

DEPOSITS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AND NON-TRASNFERABLE REGARDLESS OF DATE OF CANCELLATION. ANY BALANCE OF THE ENTRY FEE PAID IN EXCESS OF THE DEPOSIT WILL BE REFUNDED ONLY IF NOTIFICATION IS MADE TO THE BASS TOURNAMENT DEPARTMENT PRIOR TO THE ENTRY FEE/BALANCE DEADLINE DATE.

ALL MEETING TIMES ARE LOCAL. A PACKET WILL BE MAILED TO YOU APPROXIMATELY 3 WEEKS BEFORE THE EVENT WITH MORE INFORMATION.

MARINA HEADQUARTERS:
Oneida Shores County Park

9400 Bartell Road
Brewerton, NY 13202
315.676.7366
Onondaga Lake Park
106 Lake Drive
Liverpool, NY 13088
315.453.6721

HOUSING HEADQUARTERS:
Ramada
1305 Buckley Road.
Syracuse, NY 13212
315.457.8670

WEIGH-IN:
Onondaga Lake Park
106 Lake Drive
Liverpool NY 13088

PRACTICE DAYS: July 23, 24, 2007

COMPETITION DAYS: July 26, 27, 28, 29, 2007

ENTRY FEE DEADLINE DATE: June 26, 2007.

PRO TOURNAMENT WATERS OFF-LIMITS: June 23, 2007 & July 25, 2007

NON-BOATER TOURNAMENT WATERS OFF-LIMITS: None

TOURNAMENT WATERS: Tournament waters will be Oneida Lake and all rivers, creeks and canals connecting to Oneida Lake. Only that water open to ALL public fishing will be considered tournament waters. Any water closed to public fishing will be closed to this tournament's contestants. NO LOCKING. 6 hole course will be on Lake Onondaga. 6 hole course will be off limits to fishing during practice.

PRE-TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION:
Wednesday, July 25, 2007, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
P.V. Moore High School (Central Square High School)
44 School Drive
Central Square, NY 13036
315.668.4231

TOURNAMENT BRIEFING: Wednesday, July 25, 2007, 2:00 p.m. P.V. Moore High School

FISHING LICENSE: New York license is required. Phone: 518.457.5240 Online: www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dfwmr/license/decalsproc.html

FISH MINIMUM SIZE LIMIT: 5 fish 12"

FOR LODGING AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: www.visitsyracuse.org

TOURNAMENT WATERS OFF-LIMITS:
PROS: The tournament waters shall be off-limits to all competitors commencing at sunup, 30 days prior to the first practice day.
NON-BOATERS: The is no off limits

Read Rule #3 carefully regarding the "no information rule" during the off-limits.

About the Memorial's namesake: Don Butler

Born: July 23, 1930
Died: December 7, 2004

If BASS ever had a guardian angel, his name was Don Butler.

Butler's support of BASS and bass fishing was second to none. When Ray Scott was forming the organization in the late 1960s, Butler was the first to join, giving Scott a $100 bill so that he could be a life member.

Butler owned a Tulsa, Okla., lumber company and was a key advisor to Scott in the earliest days of BASS. When Scott was short of funds to send BASS membership applications to fishermen, it was Butler who saved the day.

"I tried borrowing money to buy the stamps I needed, but I had no collateral," Scott recalls. "The post office wouldn't lend me the stamps, either. One afternoon, Don Butler called and asked how things were going. I told him the whole story. The next day, I got a call from a Western Union office saying that a money wire was waiting for me. I assumed it was a fisherman's entry fee. Instead it was $10,000. The only clue I had about who sent it was that it was from Tulsa, Okla., Don Butler's hometown. About three weeks later, I was able to repay him."

Like Johnny Morris (Bass Pro Shops), Tom Mann (Mann's Bait Company and Humminbird Electronics), Bill Dance ("Bill Dance Outdoors") and Roland Martin ("Fishing with Roland Martin"), Butler benefited from the halcyon days of bass fishing. He formed his own lure company (Okiebug) and tackle distributorship. He was a fishing innovator and designed the first aeration system for a bass boat, making catch and release a viable option for millions of anglers.

Apart from being a supporter of BASS and bass conservation, Butler was also a fine fisherman. In 1972, he won the Bassmaster Classic in dramatic fashion. After falling behind by nearly 13 pounds on the first day, Butler bounced back and took the lead on Day 2. By the time the three-day event was over, Butler had used his Small Okiebug spinnerbait to easily outpace the rest of the field. His 13-pound, 7-ounce margin of victory is the second largest in Classic history.

The next season, Butler won the Arkansas Invitational on Beaver Lake. He effectively retired from tournament fishing after the 1975 BASS season. In 26 career BASS events, Butler finished in the money an impressive 17 times. In addition to his two wins, he had eight top-10 finishes.

Butler died in December of 2004 after a long battle with cancer. He was 74 years old.