PA BASS Nation to Hold $10K Open Buddy Tournament in Erie State Tournament

22 Aug, 2016

The Erie Sports Commission is pleased to announce PA BASS Nation will hold a $10K Open Buddy Tournament on Lake Erie on Saturday, August 27. The event will begin at the Marina Bay Launch at 6:20 a.m. with weigh-ins in the same location at 2:30 p.m.

The winning team will receive a $10,000 prize based on a 100-boat field. Teams of two can participate in the tournament, which is open to anyone interested in participating. Entry is $300 per team with an option $10 lunker pool. The top ten teams will receive a cash prize.

All participants will have the chance to win giveaways and prizes, with one of the first 50 teams signed up randomly drawn to win a MotorGuide Trolling Motor.

Mail-in entries are being accepted until August 12. Registration will be accepted on the day of the event at Marina Bay Launch, with cash-only payments accepted.

Registration is also available online at

“B.A.S.S. Nation holds events in Erie frequently, because it is a haven for bass fishermen, and because we have great support from the Erie Sports Commission and Erie community,” said Ben Bilott, President of PA B.A.S.S. Nation. “With a big prize on the table, I hope to see the region’s best anglers come out to participate in masses and have a really competitive tournament.”

“Fishing events are great for Erie’s economy, and those produced by PA B.A.S.S. Nation are always a great draw for fishermen from around the state,” said Ron Sertz, Executive Director of the Erie Sports Commission. “Erie waters are known for their bass fishing, and we’re looking forward to working with Ben and his team at PA B.A.S.S. Nation to put on this exciting tournament.”

For more information or to register, visit  

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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