March 2006

Bill Luke Big Bass Days: Bigger Than Ever

Bill Luke Big Bass Days

Photo Credit: Margie Anderson

THE CALM BEFORE -- the storm of anglers who will arrive for Bill Luke Big Bass Days, March 24, 25, and 26. Headquarters are at Pleasant Harbor Marina at Lake Pleasant. There are cash prizes for big fish every hour, as well as many other prizes.

Bill Luke Big Bass Days just seems to get bigger and bigger every year. BBD is a bass- fishing tournament with weigh-ins every hour, every day starting at 9 a.m. on Friday. This year, the contest is March 24, 25, and 26, with headquarters at Pleasant Harbor Marina at Lake Pleasant.

There are cash prizes for big fish every hour and tons of other prizes. You’ll need to see the rules for details, and they are posted at

The largest bass on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday each wins $10,000. Biggest bass overall wins a new Ranger bass boat, Mercury outboard, and trailer.

There is drawing Friday for cash, and cash prizes every hour for the top 10 big bass weighed that hour. There are also optional pots you can get into to win even more money.

They are also giving away Wal-Mart gift cards and trophies for kids every hour, every day, for first through fifth place.

Each day, a Line-X $1,000 cash award will go to the catch of the seventh biggest bass during the 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. weigh in. All you have to do is wear a 2006 Bill Luke Dodge Big Bass Days T-shirt, or have one with you.

Also, SRP will pay $1,000 each day to the first contestant weighing in a bass that weighs exactly 2 pounds on the official scale

If you enter at Bill Luke Dodge, you’ll get a chance at a $5,000 cash bonus. Just sign up in person to be entered automatically, and you’ll also get a free prize bag.

The tournament is just the start of what goes on at Lake Pleasant during Big Bass Days. There is also an on-the-water boat show that gives you a chance to see and demo boats from 20 different dealers.

There is all kinds of entertainment, too. Chris Cagle performs on Saturday night, along with Mogollon and Second Shift. Tim and Willy from KNIX will be there, and there are fireworks on Saturday night.

Archery enthusiasts can enter an ASA (style) shoot, with money awards of $50 each {60 percent payback — high score). There are several categories, including Open, Men/Women, Un-Limited Men/Women, and Bow Hunter Men/Women.

For more info on the shoot, call Glenn Jones at (623) 934-5435 or Peter Ekholm at (623) 930-0660.