|The Monongahela River in Morgantown will serve as the stage for one of the state’s biggest fishing purses this weekend. Photo: WV Bass Federation|
The best bass fishermen in
Fifty 2-man teams have qualified for the event through the West Virginia Bass Federation’s "Buddy Trail." They’ll face each other for a share of an $18,000 purse on the
"A lot of people may not realize it but the Mon is one of the better bass fisheries in the state," said Federation President John Burdette who along with partner Jim Matuga won the inaugural event last year.
The city of
"The weigh-in sight at the amphitheater is a perfect location for a bass tournament weigh-in," said Burdette.
The Hazel Ruby McQuain Amphitheater provides adequate seating to allow the curious to enjoy watching fish weighed to the ounce to determine a winner.
Anglers are allowed to fish all
"The Pricket’s pool and that area is more largemouth. There seem to be
|Smallmouth bass are abundant all along the Mon River. — Photo: West Va. Bass Federation|
more smallmouth as you go north, or downstream," said Burdette. "There are some smallmouths in that pool, but they’ve never dominated a tournament there."
Burdette and Matuga a year ago used those smallmouth in the
"I’ve been in contact with the Corps of Engineers and they plan to have the locks manned early to accommodate tournament participants," said Burdette.
The public is invited to the weigh-ins which are free of charge. The weigh-ins each day are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.