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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 2nd-$350 3rd-$150
Membership Dues have been reduced! $10 yr Individual $15 yr Family
Teams may "take-off" by Water or Trailer to another ramp!
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 - One Division!
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

Fall 2003

Lake State Date

CAST

Mark Twain Missouri 10/4/03 Budweiser

Lake of the Ozarks Missouri 10/11/03 Garmin Int.

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 todd@castamerica.com or (913) 322-2919.

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 Company.

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