National championship fishing tournament comes to LaGrange Aug. 30

The 2010 American Bass Anglers Couples Series National Championship tournament will be held at West Point Lake’'s High Land Marina Aug. 30 through Sept. 4.

Competitors will practice Aug. 30 through Sept. 2. The two-day tournament officially opens at safe light Sept. 3 and continues Sept. 4. The weigh-in begins at 3 p.m. each day.

Participants qualify for the championship competition through various state level events. During the tournament anglers fish in teams each day and weigh their top five bass. The cumulative catch takes the top prize, but the tournament also awards cash for other high finishes and door prizes.

"We're expecting teams from 15 states to compete," Debra Talley, ABA national marketing director, said in a press release. "We have many couples from Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina who compete in these tournaments. The residents of LaGrange and surrounding areas are invited to come out and watch the excitement as anglers anxiously await their final placement and the opportunity to become the national champions. The winning team will receive a week-long trip to Hawaii."

LaGrange officials are also anticipating an economic boon from the event. According to the press release, officials expect anglers to fill up hotel rooms, eat in local restaurants and purchase fishing supplies from area businesses. In addition the town is planning a special welcome for visitors.

"West Point Lake has lots of major bass tournaments each year, but the ABA Couples Series National Championship is extra special," Laura Jennings, LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce tourism director, said in the press release. "The anglers will not only fall in love with the fishing here, but they will also be enamored with the charm of our community."