Seven (out of eight) Qualifiers Complete as 40 More Teams Advance to Million Dollar Tournament on Table Rock, Nov. 19-21, 2021

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Amateur fishing buddies James Wayne and Creston Harrel claimed first place at the regional qualifying event for the Bass Pro Shops US Open National Bass Fishing Amateur Team Championships – a first-of-its-kind amateur fishing tournament offering the biggest payout in freshwater fishing history – on Saturday, October 16, on Grand Lake.

Wayne from Vinita, Okla., and Harrel from Claremore, Okla., fished from a Ranger boat and hauled in a five-fish catch weighing in at 17.06 pounds to top the 250-team field. They collect a first-place prize of $50,000 and are one of 40 teams to qualify for the National Championship on Nov. 19-21 at Big Cedar Lodge on Missouri’s famed Table Rock Lake. The National Championship will be broadcast internationally on NBC and carries a $1 million cash prize to the winning team.

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