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Bassmaster Elite Series 2020 Returns to Orange

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Bassmaster Elite Series 2020 Returns to Orange in 2020

B.A.S.S. officials have announced the schedule for the 2020 Bassmaster Elite Series, a nine-tournament slate that will take the world’s best bass anglers to six states and some of the most storied fisheries in the sport’s history.

For fans who love watching professional anglers catch giant bass, the schedule is likely to be love at first sight.

“This year, we unveiled the mantra ‘Big Bass. Big Stage. Big Dreams.,’” said B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin. “We’ve certainly delivered on that in 2019 — and with the schedule we’ve put together for 2020, we’re ready to take another giant step on that path.

“Fans will have an opportunity to see our anglers compete on some of the best big-bass lakes in America.”

The sixth event on the schedule is known for producing some of the biggest crowds in B.A.S.S. history — the Sabine River in Orange, Texas. The fifth Elite Series event on the 2020 slate will be held at Orange on May 29-June 1 and could challenge the Elite Series fan attendance record of 36,200.

It’ll be the fourth time the Elite Series has visited the Sabine River system — and in three previous visits, the crowds totaled more than 96,000.

For earlier events at the Sabine River, catch rates were somewhat low. But the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department has worked tirelessly to create a zone that is good for both the Orange, Texas, area and anglers. Thanks to those efforts by TPWD, tournament waters for the 2020 event will be expanded to include that new five-county zone.

“The Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to partner with B.A.S.S. to bring the Bassmaster Elite Series to Orange County once again,” said Ida Schossow, president of the Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce. “This tournament has brought Orange County waterways to the forefront in the fishing world. The tournament is an economic boost to our community and creates a sense of pride for our citizens.”

The full schedule can be viewed here.

Project Safe Graduation at WO-S to Hold Golf Tournament

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Project Safe Graduation at WO-S to Hold Golf Tournament

West Orange-Stark’s Project Safe Graduation will be hosting a golf tournament as one of their fundraisers. It will be held Aug. 17 at the Babe Zaharias Golf Course in Port Arthur at 3500 Jimmy Johnson Blvd. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. It will be a four-man scramble “best ball.” The cost is $60 per person. Links, chips, and drinks will be available.

Anyone interested can contact Roderick Robertson at (409) 670-5447 or by visiting their Facebook page.

West Orange-Stark Football Tickets Go On Sale

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West Orange-Stark Football Tickets Go On Sale

Current West Orange-Stark season ticket holders can purchase their 2019 football tickets during a two-day sale July 30-31 from 9 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Athletic Office at West Orange-Stark High School.

Season tickets will go sale to the general public during a two-day sale August 6-7 from 9 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

The football schedule can be viewed here.

Local Anglers in Top Contests

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Local Anglers in Top Contests
Tommy Dickerson (left) and Jason Willis (right). Photos provided by Jason Willis.

One of the biggest events in professional bass fishing, FLW (Fishing League Worldwide) Forest Wood Cup, is happening next month in Hot Springs, AR. Some have called it “The Superbowl of Bass Fishing.” Orange native Tommy Dickerson is one of the anglers that has fished his way to the top and qualified for this event and is rated #37 on the tour.

This is the first year that KBF (Kayak Bass Fishing)  has teamed up with the FLW and have created the KBF/FLW Cup, which will be held in conjunction with the Forest Wood Cup in Hot Springs, AR.

Orange resident. Jason Willis, competes on the KBF Pro Tour. He qualified for the KBF/FLW Cup while fishing a KBF Trail on O.H. Ivie Reservoir earlier this year.

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