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The Largest Bass Fishing Tournament in History to be Broadcast on Major Network Television this Sunday, Dec. 5 at 4PM Central

  • NBC Broadcast to feature never-before-seen footage and dramatic highlights from the US Open National Championship this Sunday 4PM CT
  • Championship tournament commemorates 50th anniversary of Bass Pro Shops, celebrating the heritage of the company’s founding on Missouri’s fabled Table Rock Lake
  • Tournament awarded the largest payout in the history of bass fishing with a grand prize of $1 million while raising $1.58 million for conservation

WHAT: This Sunday, Dec. 5, NBC will broadcast a special one-hour presentation of the Johnny Morris Bass Pro Shops U.S. Open National Bass Fishing Amateur Team Championships.

The tournament is a first-of-its-kind amateur fishing tournament offering the largest payout in freshwater fishing history. 350 teams of amateur anglers, fishing legends and celebrities were hosted by Big Cedar Lodge, America’s Premier Wildness Resort, on Table Rock Lake from Nov. 19-21.

The national broadcast is anticipated to garner the largest television audience in the history of bass fishing, while featuring dramatic highlights from the epic three-day National Championship that ended with fishing buddies and Auburn University students – Logan Parks and Tucker Smith – claiming the $1 million first-place prize. Highlights will also include the announcement of the Johnny Morris Happy Fishin’ Kids Contest and Missouri Veterans Fishin’ Contest winners, where 13 youth anglers from around the country and two veterans from Bass Pro Shops’ home state of Missouri received brand-new Bass Tracker Classic XL boats.

B-roll and photos from the Bass Pro Shops US Open can be found  here for download (please credit: “Bass Pro Shops” if used).

WHEN: Sunday, December 5, from 4 – 5 p.m. CT on NBC

WHO: Johnny Morris, noted conservationist and founder of Bass Pro Shops

Fishing legends Bill Dance, Jimmy Houston, Roland Martin and Kevin VanDam

Country music star Chris Janson

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson

Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe

350 teams of amateur anglers from more than 34 states and countries like Spain, Russia, Sweden, Germany, South Africa, Japan and Romania competing for $4.3 million prize purse and $1 million first-place prize

Feature interviews, never-before-seen highlights and dramatic footage from the 3-day National Championship and thrilling finale

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Source: Huntinglife