Keystone Bass Buddy Circuit Ready for Presque Isle Bay

16 Jun, 2016

The Erie Sports Commission is pleased to announce the Keystone Bass Buddy Circuit (KBBC) will make a stop in Erie on Saturday, June 18, as they host an Erie Bay and Lake Tournament, the third stop on their 2016 circuit.

This is the ­­­first time in several years for the KBBC to have a regular season open tournament stop in Erie. An average of 90 two-man teams participate in each tournament.

Participating boats will launch from Marina Bay at 6:30 a.m., and return to check in at 3 p.m.

Teams of two anglers must be registered with the KBBC to participate in the event circuit, which will make seven stops in western Pennsylvania in 2016, leading up to the annual KBBC Classic in September. Membership in KBBC is $40 per team, and an additional $20 to register a team alternate, which covers membership for the KBBC and Bassmaster Team Championship. Tournament registration is $160 per boat, with an optional $10 additional lunker pool, which will be paid out 90% to the team that reels in the heaviest fish. Membership is open to any two-person team, regardless of tournament experience.

KBBC teams can qualify for free entry in the KBBC Classic based on the number of tournaments attended during a season and team rank at tournaments. To qualify, teams must fish in four of the seven tournaments in a given season and finish in the top 40 in the season points race.

A portion of each entry is donated to Make-A-Wish Foundation of Western PA.

“Our Erie Tournament is expected to be one of the most popular events on our circuit, because it’s known for its great bass fishing,” said Joe Dugas, KBBC Chairman. “We’re excited to work with the Erie Sports Commission going forward to grow the event and bring new tournaments to Erie’s waters.”

“Lake Erie is our greatest natural resource, and the more people who can come out to enjoy it, the better,” said Ron Sertz, Executive Director of the Erie Sports Commission. “KBBC reached out to us to assist in the growth of the tournament, and we’re certain that’s exactly what will happen.”

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The Erie Sports Commission is committed to promoting the Erie region as a prime destination for sports and recreation. The major goals of the ESC are to attract, create, support, and host sporting and recreational events that have a positive economic impact on the region, and assist in maximizing the potential of all regional sports facilities and venues. The ESC strives to enhance the image of Erie by showcasing the community, promote wellness through healthy lifestyles, and improve the quality of life for community members of all ages.


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