Big Catches Mark Day One!


Despite a nasty cold front, big bass blanketed the board on Day One



LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 11, 2019) — $50,000 hangs in the balance for Glenn Neal, as a 6.15 pound bass landed on Day One of the Simmons Bank Big Bass Bonanza has him sitting atop the leaderboard of the three day event. Neal, fishing out of Dumas, boated the bass at around 8:00 a.m.
For each of the past two years, the $50,000 grand prize bass has been landed on Day One of the Simmons Bank Big Bass Bonanza. Neal says he plans to keep fishing the event to defend his lead.



Leaders each of the five pools are:

  • Pool 5/Dumas— Glenn Neal, 6.15 lbs.
  • Pool 2/Lake Dardanelle — Robinette Fox, 5.43 lbs.
  • Pool 4/Pine Bluff— Kelly Glover, 5.28 lbs
  • Pool 1/Fort Smith — Dennis Rogers, 5.14 lbs.
  • Pool 3/North Little Rock — Brian Freyaldenhoven, 4.83 lbs.




Three anglers from pools in Dumas, Fort Smith and Lake Dardanelle weighed in bass at over five pounds, and every pool has so far produced a fish surpassing the four pound mark.


The Willow Leaf Award of $1,000 will be presented to the parent/child or grandparent/grandchild pair weighing the biggest fish during the three days. The amount of hourly prizes will be determined by the number of participants for the three days and will not be announced until Sunday. Right now, Jesse Mosley leads the contest for the Willow Leaf Award with a 3.81 pound bass out of Dumas.


The Simmons Bank Big Bass Bonanza spans more than 300 miles of eligible fishing waters on the river inside the state’s borders.  The event is divided into five pools, and tournament action will resume at 6 a.m. Saturday morning with the final weigh-in being held Sunday at 1 p.m. Fishermen can still register at any weigh-in location Saturday and Sunday.  The grand prize and other cash awards will be presented during Sunday’s award event at the Rocky City Yacht Club, which will begin at 4 p.m. at 1726 East 2nd Street in Little Rock.


The five weigh-in sites are: Pool 1 – Clear Creek Park, Fort Smith; Pool 2 – Dardanelle State Park/Russellville side; Pool 3 – Rock City Yacht Club/Little Rock; Pool 4 – Regional Park/ Pine Bluff; and Pool 5 – Pendleton Bridge/east of Dumas.



Simmons Bank is proudly sponsoring the tournament for the fourth consecutive year.






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