Friday, March 29, 2013
Hood River local and competitive fisherman Dan Betz travels next week to Grand Lake, Okla., to compete in the 2013 the Bass Federation National Championship. The bass fishing tournament brings the best fishermen from across the United States and Canada, who qualified for the event finishing in the top two in local and regional contests over nearly 25,000 other anglers.
Betz earned the invite after competing at the state level to qualify for the 2012 TBF Divisional Championship Series held last May on CJ Strike Reservoir in Idaho. Betz took first place for Oregon, which qualified him for the Grand Lake championship tournament.
The three-day contest will pit top anglers from the U.S. and Canada against one another and the challenging fishing conditions of the Oklahoma lake that’s consistently ranked one of the top in the country for bass fishing.
On the final day weigh-in, the boater and co-angler with the heaviest three-day cumulative weight will be crowned national champion. The TBF Federation National Champion boater and co-angler will advance to the world’s championship of bass fishing.
In addition, the winning boater will receive the $100,000 “Living the Dream” prize package to include a prize check, fully paid entry fees on the 2014 FLW Tour as a tour pro, travel expense stipends for each event, and the use of a “living the Dream” wrapped Chevy truck and Ranger boat for the year.
In addition to his time spent fishing locally and at tournaments, Betz is involved in the “Cast for Kids” and “Take a Warrior Fishing” events sponsored by TBF throughout the year.
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