Fishing for money and paying no entry fee is no longer only for the pros. Missile Baits is launching its own No Entry Fee Tournament Series.
The events will be one-day team tournaments with a guaranteed $2,500 total payout with the winning team walking away with a guaranteed $1,000. The teams will only be allowed to have Missile Baits soft plastics and Missile Jigs skirted jigs in their boat, but any brands of terminal tackle will be allowed.
“My dream is for every angler to get to fish for no entry fee and have a chance to get some cool exposure," said John Crews, owner of Missile Baits and longtime pro angler. "Our No Entry Fee Tournaments are going to be open to anyone and will be a fun experience for anglers of all skill levels. I know that when even more anglers have the incentive to fish with more Missile products, they will be into catching plenty of bass.”
The first event will be held Feb. 24 at Lake Lanier in Georgia. Hammond’s Fishing Center will be the host dealer and assist with the tournament logistics. The second tournament will be May 11 at Old Hickory Lake, near Nashville, Tenn. Flipper’s Bait and Tackle will be the host dealer and help with that tournament. Anglers can purchase Missile products from any retail location.
Anglers will be able to sign up on the Missile Baits web site or at the host dealers for the No Entry Fee Tournaments. The tournament weigh-ins will be streamed live on YouTube and each event will be followed with a recap video with interviews of the top 5 finishers and other participants. Anglers may participate in additional side pots to increase their potential winnings. Updates and additional tournament details will be posted on the company's social media pages.