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Hendersonville, TN. – More than 200 of the best weekend bass anglers from more than 25 states will compete for four days, but only one will take the title as the best in the nation and win up to $205,000. Operated by American Bass Anglers, the 2013 Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series National Championship tournament, presented by Triton Boats, will be held Nov. 6-9 on Old Hickory Lake and the Cumberland River near Hendersonville, Tenn. The event features the top 20 percent of boaters and co-anglers from each of four regional championships. These anglers will compete for a share of one of the largest paydays for weekend anglers. The winning boater will take home a check for $100,000 with the top co-angler pocketing $50,000. In addition, qualified individuals may also win significant cash and product bonuses from sponsors like Triton Boats, Mercury Outboards, MotorGuide trolling motors, Royal Purple synthetic oil products, TH Marine, Toyota and the Best Western hotel chain. In all, anglers competing in this championship could take home up to $245,000 in extra cash and prizes from sponsor bonuses. In addition, the winning boater will earn a chance to compete in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic, slated for Feb. 21-23 on Lake Guntersville, Ala. Anglers may begin registering at 3 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Gallatin Civic Center, located at 210 Albert Gallatin Avenue in Gallatin, Tenn. In addition, the annual Angler of the Year Dinner will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 4 at Latham’s Lighthouse Event Center, located at 133 Sanders Ferry Road in Hendersonville. Each Angler of the Year attending will receive package entry into the 2014 season and a special product award from ODYSSEY Batteries. On Nov. 5, the Sumner County Conventions and Visitors Bureau will host a dinner for the competitors from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Gallatin Civic Center, followed by a mandatory meeting for all the anglers. Competitors may practice from Nov. 3-5. All tournament anglers compete on Nov. 6-8. On the last day of the event, Saturday Nov. 9, the top 25 boaters and top 25 co-anglers compete. The competitors will run out of Sanders Ferry Park, located at 513 Sanders Ferry Road in Hendersonville. Competitors may begin fishing at safe light each tournament day. Free and open to the public, the weigh-ins will be held at Sanders Ferry Park, beginning at 3 p.m. on Nov. 6-7. On Nov. 8-9, the weigh-ins begin at 2:30 p.m. Anglers fishing the Boater Division may weigh in up to five bass per day in any combination of largemouth, smallmouth and Kentucky spotted bass. Each largemouth bass must measure at least 14 inches long. Each smallmouth bass must measure at least 18 inches long. Co-anglers may weigh in up to three bass each day. One of the best bass lakes in the nation, Old Hickory ranked 94th on the 2012 Bassmaster magazine list of the top 100 bass waters in the United States. The lake did not make the list in 2013, but still holds good populations of fish. The lake can produce some largemouth exceeding 10 pounds with good numbers of fish in the 4- to 7-pound range. The lake record largemouth bass weighed slightly more than 11 pounds. It generally takes at least a 20-pound bag with five bass to win a single-day bass tournament with the big bass for the day usually hitting in the 5- to 7-pound range. The 2013 Toyota Tundra Weekend Series Championship Presented by Triton Boats is sponsored by: Triton Boats, Mercury Marine, Carlisle Tires, Royal Purple, Best Western, ODYSSEY Batteries, Livingston Lures, Busch Beer, Biobor, Raymarine, T-H Marine, SIMMS, Navionics, Mustang Survival, Seaguar and Rejuvenade. The event is being hosted by Sumner County Conventions and Visitors Bureau located in Gallatin, Tenn. For more information on this tournament, call ABA at 256-232- 0406. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.