Crappie Angler Sportsman Tour
Announces Fall 2003 Schedule - Three close to Kansas
August 15, 2003
Overland Park, KS The Crappie Angler
Sportsman Tour announced Friday they will host 3 fall qualifying
events to kick off the 2004 tournament season. All C.A.S.T. qualifying
events will again offer a $1,500 guaranteed minimum payout and
the opportunity to qualify to compete at the 2004 Classic for
a guaranteed $10,000 first place prize.
The tournament series features the best
national and local fisherman competing for the sport's only guaranteed
payouts. C.A.S.T. will make stops in 10 states to host qualifying
events in route to the Classic. The 2004 qualifiers offer one
division featuring a minimum cash award of $1,000 for first place,
$350 for second place and $150 for third, plus the Garmin Big
Crappie Award with payouts increasing further based on participation.
Entry fees will remain at an affordable $150 for all events.
"Continuing to host premier events
is our top priority," said Tim Martin of C.A.S.T. "Competitive
crappie fishing is growing and we're seeing many really good
upcoming teams giving the veterans increased competition, which
is great for the sport. In order to continue that trend C.A.S.T.
will guarantee $40,000 in cash prizes for the 2004 season, an
increase of 33% over 2003. We also reduced the cost of membership
by half or more and held entry fees at $150 to achieve our goal
of anglers' winning more and spending less."
The Classic on June 25-26, 2004 features
a guaranteed cash award of $10,000 for first place with awards
available through 20th place with a full field. Ranger Boats
will again return with their Ranger Cup Crappie program to award
the top finishing Ranger Boat owner at the classic making qualifications
a premium since a maximum of only one hundred and seventy-five
teams will receive a classic invitation. Qualifications are awarded
to the top 10 finishing teams, the top finishing Male/Female
team and Adult/Youth team at each qualifying event. The top 10
Southern Pro Crappie Sticks National Points teams also receive
an invitation. In cases where a team has already qualified, C.A.S.T.
will bump down until all possible qualifications are awarded.
Anglers will compete throughout the season
for the tour's prestigious Southern Pro Crappie Sticks National
Points Champion-of-the-Year title, which carries with it cash
and prizes including an invitation to the Classic. In each of
the tour's qualifying events, 100 points are awarded for a win,
99 points are awarded for second, 98 points are awarded for third,
and so on. Anglers also receive bonus points for winning a tournament
and by catching the Garmin Big Crappie at the event. Point Champions
will be determined based on their best four finishes during the
season. In cases of a tie, the tied team's 5th best finish, then
6th best finish and so on are added until the tie is broken.
If tie is not broken based on events, the tie will be broken
by the team's largest crappie weighed during the season. The
team with the highest points total following the final regular-season
tournament will be crowned National Points Champions.
"What's New in 2004!"
Qualifying Event Payouts Guarantee 3 Places! 1st-$1000
Membership Dues have been reduced! $10 yr Individual
$15 yr Family
Teams may "take-off" by Water or Trailer to another
Scales will open at 11:00 AM on tournament days!
CAST will host 12 Qualifying Events in 2004!
All teams compete under the same rules for the same prizes -
Entry Fees.....Still only $150 including Big Crappie!
The Rules will not change again until after the 2004 Classic!
2004 Crappie Angler Sportsman Tour Qualifying Events
Mark Twain Missouri 10/4/03 Budweiser
Lake of the Ozarks Missouri 10/11/03
Eufaula Oklahoma 10/18/03 Southern Pro
Visit www.castamerica.com <http://www.castamerica.com/>
or contact C.A.S.T. at 913-322-2919 for additional details
C.A.S.T. Inc. administers events throughout
the midwest and southeast as a leading marketer of crappie fishing
tournaments. For additional information about C.A.S.T. Inc. or
any of its tournaments, visit www.castamerica.com or contact
communications director Todd Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Sponsors of the C.A.S.T. Tour are Ranger
Boats, Garmin International, Budweiser, Southern Pro Tackle,
Shakespeare Fishing, Tite-Lok Rod Holders, High Roller Fishing
Lures, Great Plains Mapping, Uncle Al's Fin & Fowl Fry Mix,
Lee Fisher International, Angler's Best Fish Knives and the Ident-I-Card
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