The Crossett Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Buddy Bass tournament will be this weekend at the Crossett Port with even more cash to give away than last year.

Last year, the Chamber gave away more than $15,000 in prize money and a list of door prizes and other awards.

This year, the first place prize has increased from $3,000 to $5,000 with all of the other prizes going up accordingly. A combined approximately $15,000 will be given away to the top 10 fishermen. Other cash and prizes will be given away as well.

The biggest bass wins 60 percent of the big bass pot and the second biggest bass wins 40 percent.

In addition to the biggest fish, there is also an award for the smallest fish. The Tim Gilbert Memorial award goes to the team with the five smallest fish with a 14-inch minimum.

This year’s tournament will also include a new memorial given away this year to fisherman ages 15 to 22. All registered fishermen who fit the age category will be put in the drawing for the Bubba Bussell Memorial which is $500.

Crossett Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mandy White said that is a new memorial that was given anonymously this year.

All fisherman will be eligible for the $340 Ken Taylor Memorial and the $500 Jim Stephenson Memorial.

White said a list of door prizes — with some of the higher ticket items being a Kayak donated by Wal-Mart and a 40-quart ice chest valued at $436 which was donated by Consolidated Electric Distributor’s in El Dorado — has been compiled for the tournament. The list of door prizes ranges from a boat seat donated by War Eagle boats to sunglasses donated by Advanced Eyecare Associates.

White said Tuesday that she had 50 boats registered to fish with registrations still coming in.

Last year 61 boats registered to fish and White said that she expects at least that many if not more to register this year.

“I want 100, but our target is 80,” White said.

Those who register before Friday will be able to register for $160 including big bass pot, on the day of the tournament registration will be $160 with the big bass pot being an additional fee.

The tournament was originally scheduled for June but was postponed.

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