Harris Chain of Lakes, Florida

February 10 - 12, 2023 | $150,000


Event Details

Abu Garcia Florida Big Bass Classic Presented by Lake County - $150,000 Guaranteed Prizes & Payouts

3 DAY EVENT (FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY)

Entry Fee: Three Day $250 | Two Day $165 | One Day $115 | Youth $75 (Entry fees are per angler)

Start fishing time (first cast) will be 6:45 am for all three days. You will receive a text when to start fishing. If you don’t receive a text, you may start fishing at 6:45 am. 

Click here for size limit waiver - Each angler must have a copy of this form on them during tournament hours.

Location: 
Harris Chain of Lakes, Florida

Weigh in Site: 
Hickory Point Recreational Facility 27341 State Rd 19, Tavares, Florida.

Guaranteed Overall Grand Prize: $52,000

2023 NITRO® Z18 rigged with a Mercury® 150L Pro XS outboard, Minn Kota® Ultrex® 24V, 80-lb, Bow Humminbird® HELIX™ 9 SI G4N with GPS, Console Humminbird® HELIX™ 8 SI G4N with GPS, Hot Foot throttle, genuine two tone cover, tandem-axle upgrade 2 brakes, 14" tire/wheel upgrade with spare.  NITRO® trailer w/powder-coat finish & GALVASHIELD® Impact corrosion & chip protection. To learn more about NITRO® boats visit the website at Nitro.com.

Guaranteed Total Hourly Paybacks: $64,025

1st: $1000, 2nd: $500, 3rd: $300, 4th: $250, 5th: $225, 6th: $200, 7th: $175, 8th: $150, 9th: $125, 10th: $100 

Youth Division: 1st: $300, 2nd: $200, 3rd: $100

Early Entry Rods: $25,000 Abu Garcia Jordan Lee 7'0" Medium-Heavy Casting Rod, Model #JLEEC70-6, Value $99.99

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Early entry rods go to the first 250 two or three day online entrants. A one day entry is not eligible for a free rod.  See the Abu Garcia Jordan Lee rod details here.

Early entry promo rods may be picked up on the day listed below or during any tournament day. Please do not call our offices related to early entry rods. There is a rod counter at the top of each event page. Rods are gone when counter shows zero. We will post the date the counter goes to zero on the site. *Another angler may pick up your rod for you if you're unable to be present. 

Rod Pick Up: Thursday Februrary 9th  4 - 6 pm Hickory Point Recreational Facility. You may also pick up rods on any of the tournament days.

Jordan Lee Rod Features:
  • 24-ton graphite for a lightweight balanced design
  • ROCS™ (Robotically Optimized Casting System) Guide train for maximized casting distance with lighter lures
  • Ergonomic Abu designed reel seat
  • Winn® split grip design
  • Stainless steel guides with zirconium inserts

Event Registration:
Registration for an Event closes at 9:00 p.m. on the Thursday prior to the beginning of the Event for a three-day entry. There will be no morning registration on Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday of the Event.  Participants may register online prior to the Event, no onsite registration due to Covid protocols. Once an event begins, participants that register late online on must do so before 9:00 p.m. on Friday and before 6 p.m. on Saturday for the remaining days and must also adhere to the off limits rules listed in section 6.02. 

Text System:
You may enter yourself in the text system for this event by texting the word harris to the number 90294. We will enter your number in the system, but some carriers block this type of message, so by entering yourself this will prevent the chance of being blocked.  Also, if you have previously opted out of our system, you will have to put yourself back in the system by texting the above keyword. If you opt-out we cannot put you back in the system. 

Start Time:  
Due to the varying times of year that we host our tournaments, we will notify everyone of the start time the day prior to the start of the tournament. We will notify you via text message. Start time (first cast) for each tournament will be safe light and set by the tournament director. You may launch and be on the water but you may not begin fishing until we notify you of first cast. Please do not call our offices related to start time. We will post start fishing time on this page and text out the time the week of the event.  You will also be sent a live leaderboard link once the event starts.

Weigh in Times: All days of event
8-9am, 9-10am, 10-11am, 11am-12pm, 12-1pm, 1-2pm, 2-3pm.

Lodging:  
Tournament Waters:
Tournament waters will be Harris Chain of Lakes and all rivers, creeks and canals connected to the Harris Chain. Only water open to ALL public fishing will be considered tournament waters. Any waters closed to public fishing will be closed to this tournament’s contestants. Lakes permitted to fish include: Griffin, Eustis, Harris, Little Harris, Denham, Dora, Beauclaire, Carlton, Trout, and Horseshoe. North boundary: Moss Bluff Lock and Dam on the Oklawaha River. Southern boundary: Apopka-Beauclaire Lock

* Only Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area waters that are accessible from Lake Griffin, Yale Canal or Haines Creek are considered tournament waters for the event. Any waters within the Emeralda Marsh Area that are NOT accessible from the above access points are considered off-limits.


Participants less than 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or adult with written parental permission. (Written parental permission must be provided to Event staff prior to the start of the Event) Participants under the age of 18 years may not fish alone in the Event.

Junior Division this year will have more payouts.  Participants 12 and under will compete for a top 3 event payout, at a reduced entry fee. The entry fee for the entire event is $75 (regardless of the number of days fished) and we will pay three places for the top three bass weighed in during the event.  Anglers 13 and over will compete for full payouts and pay full entry fees.

Click here for parental consent form

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