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Fishing News - 8/17/00


Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse World Championship Fishing to Stage Event in Virginia

RICHMOND, Va.-Following in the footsteps of two successful events to start the 2000 Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse World Championship Fishing schedule, the series will make its next stop in Virginia, September 1-3. The three-day event will be staged on Lake Chesdin, Chicahominy Lake and the James River, with weigh-ins and boat-handling occuring at the Shirley Plantation, 20 miles east southeast of Richmond. Lowe's W.C.F. combines the traditional fishing tournament with a boat-handling concept that is completely new to tournament fishing. The 16 anglers will be competing for a share of $230,000.

The inclusion of the boat-handling allows the event to bring a level of excitement to spectators that has never been seen before. 16 select anglers from the BASSMASTER Tournament trail, including 2000 BASS Masters Classic Champion Woo Daves, will make timed runs along a course that simulates some of the hazards that an angler can encounter during a day on the water.

"We can only imagine the crowds that we will see in Virginia," said Lowe's W.C.F. Director of Competition Don Corkran. "So far this season the crowds have been spectacular. With the popularity that tournament fishing and motorsports have in the Richmond area we should see a tremendous turnout."

The unique concept of the Lowe's W.C.F. has 16 pro anglers fishing three different fisheries over the course of competition. This concept forces anglers to fish aggresively with only six hours on each of the three fisheries.

An outdoor show will be conducted at Shirley Plantation each day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and fans will have the opportunity to meet their favorite anglers following the 1 p.m. weigh-in each day.

"It's a really exciting event," said Virginia Pro Rick Morris. "It's adual event, that's exciting all day long. There are a lot of things to do for the entire family."

During the last event, Gary Klein's record-setting performance on the boat-handling course propelled him to his second championship on Rend Lake, Illinois. With the victory Klein took home $75,000.

         B.A.S.S. Web site: http://www.bassmaster.com.

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