The 2014 B.A.S.S. Nation Championship will be held on Louisiana’s Ouachita River, Nov. 6-8, B.A.S.S. announced today. Anglers will be competing for six spots in the
2015 Bassmaster Classic.
The venue was also the site of the 2011 event, which Alabama’s Jamie Horton won. By virtue of his victory, Horton earned an invitation to compete on the Bassmaster Elite Series.
“It’s always good to go back to Monroe,” said Jon Stewart, B.A.S.S. Nation director. “The host and the community really make us feel welcome.”
The pool of contenders is made up of anglers from 47 states, one province (Ontario, Canada) and eight foreign countries.
“Australia and Namibia, our two newest nations, will likely send their first competitors to this year’s championship,” Stewart said.
Both countries joined the B.A.S.S. Nation in early 2014. Other countries that are represented at the championship are Japan, Mexico, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Italy and Spain.
Another country may send a qualifier, too. Portugal is working on finalizing its status as a B.A.S.S. Nation chapter. If it becomes an official member of the B.A.S.S. Nation in time, Portugal will also have a contender in the championship.
The only contender who is currently qualified to compete in this year's championship is Jeff Lugar of Virginia, who will be defending his title from 2013. Other competitors will qualify by winning their state or nation in upcoming divisionals. Also, the Paralyzed Veterans of America Tour will send its Angler of the Year to compete.
The first group of anglers will gain their berths in the championship will come this week, as the Southern Divisional takes place on Alabama’s Lake Eufaula. The final qualifiers will be decided months later in New York at the Eastern Divisional in September.
Official practice for the championship will be Nov. 4 and 5.
The winner of each division at the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship will be invited to compete in the 2015 Classic in Greenville, S.C.