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Bassmaster Opens single event registration begins Jan. 7

Take your pick: a spring break fling to Florida's legendary Lake Kissimmee or a fall trip to south Texas and Lake Amistad, the BASS pros' favorite trophy bass fishery. Or you can test your bass fishing skills at both lakes and others by signing up as a co-angler in the two divisions comprising the 2007 Bassmaster Opens.

Co-anglers are invited to register for one or more events in the Central and Southern divisions making up the Opens beginning Jan. 7, 2007. Open registration for all BASS members signing up for single Bassmaster Open tournaments, Open packages and Elite Wild Card begin at 6 p.m. EST.

Registration is encouraged online at www.bassmaster.com or by calling 1-877-BASS USA.

Co-angler entry fee is $300 per event with a $100 deposit required at sign-up. The $200 balance is due 30 days prior to the start of tournament competition.

"This is a great opportunity for the average angler to test his skills and learn from other anglers in his own backyard," said Trip Weldon, BASS tournament director. "Or it can make for a fun road trip for a group of guys wanting to try out a new lake."

The top co-angler receives a fully rigged Triton boat valued at $32,000 and $2,000 cash. The top 30 finishers on each side receive a check.

Full fields will participate in the first two days of competition with the top 30 anglers moving on to fish the final day.

The Southern Division kicks off the schedule with the March 1-3 event on Lake Kissimmee. After a break, the action resumes May 3-5 on South Carolina's Santee-Cooper lakes. The final event is set for Oct. 18-20 on Alabama's Wheeler Lake.

A March 15-17 tournament Lake Texoma signals the start of the Central Division with the second event set for June 14-16 on the Red River in Louisiana. The division wraps up with the Sept. 27-29 tournament on Lake Amistad.