MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Super Bowl of the bass fishing season starts Friday on the lakeshore. Only 14 of the country's top bass anglers were able to qualify for the Bassmaster Elite Series All Star Tournament. At stake is $100,000 in prize money.
Thursday, Bassmaster Elite anglers were searching for "honey holes" on White Lake and creating a stir at Montague's boat ramp.
Josh Frantz watches these men on TV and he's excited to see what they can pull out of his home lake. "We know what kind of fish we can do, and we want to see what the pros can do."
Team Toyota's Gerald Swindle says he's fished in Lake Michigan, never the smaller inland lakes. White Lake and Muskegon Lake are small compared to traditional stops on the pro tour.
"It's going to be great for these fans they can watch it all go down in a small area," said Swindle. And that could add drama. "It going to be on top of each other. Rubbing is racing. You put money on the line and there is going to be jockeying to position on a small lake."
The events starts Friday morning and is free and open to the public. Muskegon County tourism officials believe the event highlights the regions' diverse tourist attractions.
"Fishing tourism is huge. It will be great to put Muskegon Lake and White Lake in focus," said Bob Lukens of the Muskegon County Convention and Visitor Bureau.
With Heritage Landing again center stage for a big event. Watching from shore is encouraged and from boats as well, with this suggestion: "Treat them the way you would want if you were the competitor," said tournament director Trip Weldon.