Bassmasters Elite returns ‘like it used to be’

Bassmasters Elite returns ‘like it used to be’
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The Dovetail Games Bassmaster Elite at Sabine River fishing tournament is something Eric Perez has been looking forward to.

“This is the first time we’ve had an event where things are really open like they used to be,” the longtime B.A.S.S. event director said Tuesday, speaking of Texas dropping its mask mandate and crowd-size limitations a few weeks back.

“Of course, bass fishing, by nature, has distancing in it already. We paused like most of the world did last March, but we were able to start back up in July,” minus only the big weigh-in gatherings.

Orange’s fishing fans broke B.A.S.S. attendance records in 2013 when the first Bassmasters Elite event was held here; more than 30,000 spectators came out for the event that will again include a family-centered Orange County River Festival with live entertainers and children’s carnival.

There is no entry fee to join the folks taking advantage of the new Riverside Pavilion as center of the action. Vendors will have food, equipment,…

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