Brian Harris Chevrolet's Children’s Hospital Bass Classic set for March 5

Staff reports

With the Bass Masters Classic held in New Orleans last weekend now history, local fishing pros can get fired up for competition in the upcoming Brian Harris Chevrolet’s Children’s Hospital Bass Classic.

The Classic is scheduled for Stephensville on March 5, with a field totaling over 200 boats setting sights on the $12,500 first-place purse.

In addition to the purse, there will be awards of $1,250, $750 and $500 paid to the teams catching the big bass of the single-day event headquartered at Doiron’s Landing.

Proceeds from the first tournament, planned as an annual event on the first Saturday of every March, will go to the Children’s Hospital, the only full-service hospital on the Gulf South exclusively for children.

In 2009, Children’s Hospital recorded 172,302 patient visits with children coming to us from all 64 Louisiana parishes, 48 states and 3 foreign countries. In all, the hospital provided care for 63,239 children.

The not-for-profit hospital has the only pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit in the state and the only pediatric medical transport helicopter in the state.

More than 1,700 doctors refer patients to Children's Hospital annually and is a teaching institute affiliated with the LSU Health Sciences Center. More than 290 residents rotated through Children's Hospital in 2009.

Entry fee for the tournament is $250 per boat. Anglers may fish either the east or west side of the spillway levee, but must check in at the landing from which they leave.

A pre-tournament meeting is scheduled on Thursday, March 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Cabela’s in Gonzales. Tournament fishermen will also be eligible for door prizes at both the pre-tournament meeting and the post-tournament festivities at Doiron’s. In addition, the winning team can claim $1,000 if they are pulling their boat with a Brian Harris Chevrolet. If not, an award of $500 will go to the highest-placing team using a Brian Harris Chevrolet.

Check-in begins at Doiron’s at 4:30 a.m. on March 5 with two flights of boats (1-100 and 101-Up) to leave. Competition will end at 3:00 and 3:20 for the flights, respectively.

Entry forms, which include all rules and tournament information, are available at many locations throughout south Louisiana.

Anglers may also register by going to: brianharrischevroletbassclassic.com.

For more information, contact: Brad Rodrigue (985-252-0722), Gary Cross (225-938-1808) or Mike Venable (225-273-5351).