Palatka Welcomes Back Bassmaster Elite February 7-10, 2019

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January 11, 2019
The Putnam County Chamber announced today that the Bassmaster Elite Tournament plans have been finalized and the public is invited to participate!  This event is part of the Elite Series, nationally televised on ESPN and leads up to the “super bowl” of tournaments, the Bassmaster Classic. 
The local festival surrounding the tournament, sponsored by Georgia-Pacific, will be free and open to the public Saturday, February 9th, from noon until 6:00 pm and Sunday, February 10th from noon until 6:00 pm.  Activities include the Kids Zone, food, fun and more – all FREE!  All activities for children will be held in and around the St. Johns River Center. 
Attendees can also win BIG CASH prizes by playing “Weight For It”- a daily challenge that everyone over 18 years old can play!  To participate you come to the Chamber booth at the Bass Elite weigh-in venue and guess weights for the day – if you guess it – you WIN $$!  More details will be available onsite at weigh-in, beginning Thursday, February 7th at 1:00 pm.
The family-friendly Elite Series Expo, also free and open to the public will include exhibit booths, demo rides and giveaways from companies like Mercury, Nitro, Skeeter, Triton, and Yamaha.   Toyota, Carhartt, Berkley, Humminbird, Lowrance, and Power-Pole will also exhibit.
Other activities planned throughout the weekend at the Bassmaster Elite at St. Johns River include games and prizes for attendees, angler autograph and photo sessions and the opportunity to learn tips and techniques from some of the best bass anglers in the world.
The tournament pits 75 of the top bass anglers in the world against each other as they compete for the $100,000 first-place prize. The field of competitors includes local favorite Cliff Prince, as well as other Florida anglers Drew Benton (Panama City), and Koby Kreiger (Bokeelia).  Rick Clunn, a legend in the sport of bass fishing, is fishing his 14th year on the Bassmaster Elite Series in 2019. Clunn won 1st place on his last Palatka Elite trip 2016.  Clunn has four Bassmaster Classic titles (1976, 1977, 1984, 1990).  
The excitement kicks off Thursday, February 7th with the first official weigh-in at 4:00 pm at the beautiful Riverfront Park just south of the bridge.  Daily launch time Thursday – Sunday is 7:15 am (at Palatka City Dock) and weigh-in ceremonies are all at 4:00 pm.  The public is invited to watch the anglers as they launch and be on hand at every weigh-in.  Be sure to bring your lawn chair!
We want big crowds in attendance to show B.A.S.S. and the rest of the world that we appreciate them for selecting our community for this prestigious event.  Mark your calendar now, encourage your employees, friends, and bring your family to Palatka’s Riverfront.
Dana Jones, Chamber President
(386) 328-1503