An Oklahoma magazine publishing company has announced it will sponsor a nationwide big bass contest that will be worth a million dollars to any angler who sets the world record for largemouth bass in 1989.
National Reporter Publications, the sponsor, will also award $1,000 for the year's big bass from every state plus other big-money prizes.
The Big Bass World Championship (BBWC) will run from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 1989. It is sponsored by "Bassin" magazine of Bixby, one of the nation's largest outdoor publications. The prizes include $1,000 for the biggest bass in each state and $5,000 more for a state record, $25,000 for the biggest bass in the country and the $1 million for a world record.
The world record largemouth was caught in 1932 at Montgomery Lake, Ga. It weighed 22 pounds, 4 ounces. The nearest any fisherman has come to the record since was a 21-pound, 3-ouncer caught in 1980 at Lake Casitas, Calif.
The angler who catches the biggest bass in the country this year can win an extra $10,000 if he or she is a subscriber to "Bassin"' or "Popular Lures," another of the company's publications. The prize will be $20,000 if he or she subscribes to both magazines.
"The entry fee is $7, about the price of a resident fishing license in most states," said Gerald Pope, publisher of "Bassin"' and "Popular Lures" magazines. He added that the angler must enroll before the fish is caught in order to qualify.