Over the past fifteen years, the Mountain Lakes Chamber of Commerce brings Sealy Outdoors and the McDonald’s Big Bass Splash to Lake Guntersville in Scottsboro and every year it continues to grow.
The organizers have been putting on tournaments in Texas for 35 years and the tournaments there have over 8,800 boats with a payout of over $2,600,000. Bob Sealy, head of the organization said, “We are excited about coming back to Scottsboro, Alabama at this great lake. It is now the largest amateur tournament of its kind in the South. We know this lake (Guntersville) has a great bass reputation and perhaps one year the tournament here will be as large as our Texas Big Bass Splash.” The number of anglers that registered and fished the McDonald’s Big Bass Splash has grown every year it has been on Lake Guntersville. In 2019, the total of amateur anglers is expected to grow again as they try their skill at the $244,000 in cash and prizes to be awarded at the 15th Annual McDonald’s Big Bass Splash.
The three days of Fishing, Family & Fun will be held at Goose Pond on March 29, 30, & 31 in Scottsboro. There will be twelve places paid in cash each hour of each tournament day beginning with the 7-8 AM hour and continuing through the 1-2 PM hour for the twelve single heaviest bass weighed in. First place of each hour will take home $1,500! Hourly updates will be broadcasted live on WKEA 98.3 FM. Contestant(s) weighing in the first 3.00/4.00/5.00 exact weight bass each day of the tournament will win $1,000. In addition, all contestants are eligible to win a Triton 179 TRX Bass Boat, powered by Mercury, and equipped with Minn Kota and Lowrance in the famous “Elimination Drawing”. Bring the entire family and enjoy music and the food trucks serving Bar-B-Que, Pizza, Sandwiches, and Roasted Corn-on-the-Cobb
After all that’s said and done, the 2018 McDonald’s Big Bass Splash on Lake Guntersville had an economic impact of over $2.9 Million spent in our local businesses. Anglers came from 32 states to fish in the tournament and for every ($1.00) dollar that Jackson County Tourism invested in this tournament, $3.63 was returned in the form of sales tax, lodging tax and fuel tax to our city and county.
We would say that’s a pretty good return wouldn’t you?
For more information and to register go to www.sealyoutdoors.com, call 888.698.2591 or call the Chamber at 256-259-5500.
Don’t forget about the “Little Anglers Tournament” that goes on at the same time. Registered kids ages 5-12 can catch any kind of fish and be eligible to win prizes. Bring the kids to the tournament and have a blast!