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Bassmaster Legends

8/3/2007

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-TRANSFERABLE 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:
Russellville Marina
330 Beach Road
Russellville, AR 72801
479-967-1543

HOUSING HEADQUARTERS:
Fairfield Inn
120 East Harrell Drive
Russellville, AR 72802
479-967-9030

WEIGH-IN:
Lake Dardanelle State Park
100 State Park Drive
Russellville, AR 72802
479-967-5516

PRACTICE DAYS: August 20, 21, 22, 2007

COMPETITION DAYS: August 23, 24, 25, 26, 2007

ENTRY FEE DEADLINE DATE: July 24, 2007.

PRO TOURNAMENT WATERS OFF-LIMITS: August 1, 2007

NON-BOATER TOURNAMENT WATERS OFF-LIMITS: None

TOURNAMENT WATERS: Tournament Waters are Lake Dardanelle and all rivers, creeks and canals connecting to Lake Dardanelle. Only waters open to ALL Public fishing will be considered tournament waters. Any waters closed to public fishing will be closed to this tournament's contestants. You cannot lock through any locks. 6 hole course will be off limits to fishing during practice.

PRE-TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION:
Wednesday, August 22, 2007, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Hugh Center
1000 East Parkway
Russellville, Ark. 72801
479-968-1272

TOURNAMENT BRIEFING: Wednesday, August 22, 2007, 2:00 p.m. | Hugh Center

FISHING LICENSE: Arkansas license is required.
Phone: 800.364.GAME (800.364.4263) | Online: www.agfc.com/license_ol.html

FISH MINIMUM SIZE LIMIT: 5 fish | Spots: 12" Largemouth: 15"

TOURNAMENT WATERS OFF-LIMITS:
PROS: The tournament waters shall be off-limits to all competitors commencing Aug. 1, 2007.
NON-BOATERS: The is no off limits

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


About the Legends' namesake: Ray Scott

Ray Wilson Scott, Jr. did not invent bass fishing, but for millions of avid anglers all around the world, he might as well have.

Scott was a Montgomery, Ala., insurance salesman on a business trip to Jackson, Miss., on March 11, 1967, when the idea for professional bass fishing hit him. He was watching a basketball game in his motel room when he started to wonder why competitive fishing wasn't on television along with baseball, basketball, football, tennis, golf, auto racing and the like.

"In a microsecond I saw it all," Scott recalled in his biography, Bass Boss. "I saw a hundred bass fishermen competing, tournament-style. It just came to me. I knew it would work."

Later that year Scott conducted the first modern bass tournament, the All-American on Arkansas' Beaver Lake, June 5-7, 1967. A year after that, Scott created the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society, now the largest fishing organization in the world with more than half a million members.

The founding of BASS and creating the modern tournament format would have been more than enough to cement Scott's place in fishing history, but he was just getting started.

In the early 1970s, Scott and other BASS pioneers formed the BASS Chapter Federation, a group of BASS-affiliated clubs across the country and even the world. Today, the Federation Nation covers 47 states and six foreign countries with more than 20,000 members. These anglers are the grass roots of BASS and have been instrumental in effecting positive change through legislation, activism and local conservation and youth projects.

In 1972, Scott brought catch-and-release to bass tournaments with his "Don't Kill Your Catch" program. Today, more than 98 percent of all bass caught in BASS events are released alive. More importantly, the ethic has caught on nationwide and around the world. Because of Scott's vision for the sport, bass are now viewed as a renewable resource.

In the mid 1970s, Scott and BASS began working for the passage of the Sport Fishing Restoration Act, also known as Wallop-Breaux. Signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1984, the act established a federal excise tax on fishing and boating equipment with the proceeds being dedicated to state fisheries agencies and used for restoration and access programs.

In 1986, Scott sold BASS to a group of investors, but he has continued to serve as a spokesman and ambassador for the organization. His tireless devotion to sportfishing, conservation, youth and the multibillion dollar industry he helped to create serves as an inspiration to all who know him.

After nearly 40 years as one of the primary catalysts in the fishing industry, Scott counts presidents, governors, movie and television stars and untold numbers of anglers as his friends.

Apart from his induction into numerous fishing and sporting halls of fame, Scott has been named one of the 20 greatest outdoor Americans of the 20th century. There's no doubt that he's been the most influential person in the world of bass and bass fishing.