Bass tournament coming to Pell City
by David Atchison
PELL CITY — A Bass Angler Sportsman Society spokesperson said local businesses need to prepare for an influx of people as the2013 Bass Pro Shops Southern Open comes to town.

Kay Donaldson, program director for the Alabama BASS Trail, said the 2013 Bass Pro Shops Southern Open will start May 16 on Logan Martin Lake and continue through May 18.

“It should have a huge impact on the local economy,” Donaldson said. “Gas stations and restaurants need to be on the lookout.”

She said 300-360 anglers will participate in the three-day fishing tournament. Daily weigh-ins will be held at 2 p.m. at Lakeside Park. The weigh-ins are open to the public and they are free to attend.

Donaldson said the final day weigh-in is at the Bass Pro Shop in Leeds and will include the Top 30 anglers in the tournament.

The top angler in the Bass Pro Shops Southern Open will qualify for a spot in the 2014 Bassmasters Classic, which is scheduled for Feb. 21-23, 2014, on Lake Guntersville.

Generally, only about 50 anglers fish in the Bassmasters Classic.

Donaldson said 150-180 boats are expected in next week’s Bass Pro Shops Southern Open. The tournament pairs professional anglers with amateur anglers in each boat.

Donaldson said anglers could practice on Logan Martin Lake until the tournament meeting Wednesday, so Pell City businesses will probably see an influx of bass anglers leading up to the three-day tournament.

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