Big Bass Bonanza Underway

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Amateur fishermen across the state are hoping to reel in $50,000 this weekend at the Big Bass Bonanza competition. It all kicked off around sunrise Friday morning, with dozens of fishermen casting their lines and waiting on the fish to bite.

They can fish anywhere they want along the Arkansas River, but they have to take their fish to be weighed in at specific locations. There are separate pools where fishermen can weigh in and win hourly prizes.

"You just go out there and fish as hard as you can. If you get the big bite, it just comes to you. You get lucky mostly," said fisherman Tod Higby. 

"What's on my mind is one bite, one fish," said fisherman Roger Rickard.

The five weigh-in sites are Clear Creek Park in Fort Smith; Dardanelle State Park in Russellville; North Little Rock at the Verizon Ramp; Regional Park in Pine Bluff and the Pendleton Bridge, east of Dumas.

Entry fee is $90 to register for the day. For more information, you can visit the Big Bass Bonanza website.