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8th Annual WV Bass Federation Pro Tournament Held in Monongalia County

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The WV Bass Federation Tournament brings hundred of fishermen to the Monongahela River. It all kicks off with the celebrity tournament on Friday.

The chief of police, mayor, and a county commissioner were all celebrities featured in the tournament. It's a chance for local residents to enjoy something they might not get to very often.

"Business people, celebrities here in Morgantown, to get them out and show them the river," said John Burdette, from the WV Bass Federation. "You know, a lot of the people who live here, and see the river all the time, they actually don't get out on, you know, to fish. So, we're actually going to get them out on the water and try to catch a fish or two."

The tournament has a major economic impact on the area. Some of the fishermen even stay in the area for a few days to see how the river will prosper for them during the tournament.

"One of those boats can cost anywhere from $85,000 to $185,000," said Monongalia County Commissioner Eldon Callen. "You know they're buying a lot of fuel, they're buying a lot of food, they're buying other things. We're happy to welcome them to Morgantown and Monongalia County."

It's not easy for these fishermen to make it to this tournament.

"We had ten events this year over the state, and they had to qualify. The top 60 teams, 120 guys qualify, 60 teams qualified to be here out of about 400 guys fishing, 160 made it here."

Bass fishing is also a sport that requires a lot of patience and just when Oliver Luck and Burdette felt like giving up, they caught a 3.9 pound fish.

"Please come out and see what the pros do, and how they fish and what they have," said Callen. "May one of those people will come out and look at them this weekend, and they'll decide to become a pro too and they'll join the tournament."

The pro tournament will kick off Saturday at 7 AM and continue through Sunday with final weigh-ins at 4 PM at the Hazel Ruby McQuain Ampitheater. The first place prize is $20,000.


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