The eyes of the big game sport fishing world will be on Biloxi June 5-11 as the 21st Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic returns to the Golden Nugget Casino and the neighboring Point Cadet Marine.
As expected, arguably the best bass fisherman ever made a big charge at the tour rookie who held the lead going into the delayed final round of the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Elite Monday at Barnett Reservoir near Ridgeland.
For a rookie with a lead going into the final round of only his fourth Bassmaster Elite Series tournament, Alabama native Dustin Connell was calm as he assessed his chances — and the impending bad weather forecast — on Barnett Reservoir.
For a lake that most competing anglers complained would “fish small,” Barnett Reservoir yielded a lot of big bass and heavy sacks in Thursday’s first round of the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Elite Series tournament.
Fans attending the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament on Barnett Reservoir will be treated to a lot more than just a weigh-in, according to event sponsors at the Ridgeland Tourism Commission and the Barnett Reservoir Foundation.
When 110 of the top bass anglers in the world hit the 33,000-acre Barnett Reservoir April 27-30 for the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Elite Series event in Ridgeland, they’ll be catching the 52-year-old lake in near peak condition.
The best 110 bass fishermen in the world will hit Barnett Reservoir in Ridgeland April 27-30, casting for big fish and a $100,000 top prize in the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Elite Series tournament.