Anglers gathering in Massena for major bass tournament; top competitor takes $100,000 | Recreational Sports

Anglers gathering in Massena for major bass tournament; top competitor takes $100,000 | Recreational Sports
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MASSENA — Competitors for the fifth event of 2021 Bass Pro Tour Season are trickling into town.

When they are finished, 80 anglers, some of their families, officials and Major League Fishing staff will fill every hotel room for miles around.

Major League Fishing’s Bass Pro Tour, the organization’s premier competition, will be operating out of Massena and on the St. Lawrence River from June 25-30.

This is not the first time MLF has been in Massena. In 2019, the MLF Toyota series held a tournament here.

“It’s kind of like our Triple A level,” said Joe Opager, director of communications for MLF.

There were events planned for 2020 that were lost to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This six-day event, hosted by the town of Massena and Fish Massena, will feature 80 professional anglers, including bass fishing stars Kevin VanDam, Edwin Evers, Jordan Lee and Jacob Wheeler, with a purse of more than $805,000, including a top payout of $100,000 and points in…

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