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The 2017 Big Bass Bash

Johnny Lathrop, Townsquare Media
Johnny Lathrop, Townsquare Media

Have any questions or looking for more information about the 2017 KNUE + Raising Cane’s Big Bass Bash? You’ve come to the right place!

Here are some frequently asked questions + all the answers you’ll need about this year’s event.

What exactly is this?

The Big Bass Bash is a competition bass fishing tournament open to any anglers who would like to participate. This year marks the fifth time this event has taken place, after last year more than 350 anglers from all over Texas and other southern states participated.

When is the Big Bass Bash?

This year’s event is Saturday, April 8, and Sunday, April 9.

Where is the Big Bass Bash?

The competition is held on Lake Palestine, with our home base at Lake Palestine Resort in Frankston, Texas. Lake Palestine is 18 miles long from tip to tip and it covers 25,560 acres in a beautiful stretch in East Texas.

Where can I stay if I’m coming in from out of town?

You are more than welcome to book lodging through Lake Palestine Resort, and you’ll be right on base every day as the tournament. You can also bring an RV if you wish. Click here to get more information on both at Lake Palestine Resort’s website.

Is this event open to anyone?

Absolutely! Whether you’re a newcomer to fishing or are on the lake as often as possible, you’re eligible to register and participate. This tournament is designed primarily for amateurs, so there are some exceptions depending on how often you compete in tournaments. Click here to go to our registration page to download a copy of our rules.

What’s the cost to compete?

The cost is $125 to fish one day or $175 to fish both Saturday and Sunday. Junior anglers age 16 and under can fish for $75 for one day and $90 for both.

What are the ins and outs of the tournament?

The Big Bass Bash is not a stringer tournament — places are determined by single fish weigh-ins. You can also go to our registration page to download the complete rules and regulations for this year’s event.

How much money can I win?

We thought you’d never ask. Here are the payouts for the top five overall bass:

  • First place: NITRO Z17
  • Second place: $5,000
  • Third place: $2,500
  • Fourth place: $1,500
  • Fifth place: $1,000

In addition, $2,325 is paid out each hour of the tournament for hourly weigh-ins. Here are the payouts for the top five fish weighed in on each hour:

  • First place: $1,000
  • Second place: $500
  • Third place: $400
  • Fourth place: $250
  • Fifth place: $175

So, for those of you counting at home, one fourth-place finish in one hourly weigh-in and you’ve already made your money back!

We are also paying out $500 to each fish that weighs exactly 3.00 pounds. And for any ladies competing, the woman who brings in the largest bass of the weekend gets $500.

OK, I’m game. How do I register?

All you have to do is click here to go to our registration page, download a copy of the form and you’re good to go.

What if I just want to come watch? Is there a cost for that?

Nope. Attending the Big Bass Bash is completely free for fans, friends, family, etc.

This sounds like something my business should sponsor. Can we do that?

Absolutely! Just click here to contact our folks about sponsorships, and we’ll be in touch.

Sponsors

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