Category: Prizes

T-Shirt Pay Dirt

2019 T-$hirt Pay Dirt contest is back! Presented by our friend Kim Harrell at Geiger, this contest will award a cash prize of $150 to the highest placing team OUTSIDE the MONEY/PRIZES for which both anglers are wearing the Official 2019 Bass Classic T-shirts at Weigh-In. The shirts may be worn as any layer of clothing (outer layer, under jacket, under other shirt, etc.) but must be shown to be eligible. Shirts are selling fast and supply is limited, so reserve yours on your Registration Form or order here:

* At least one member of the team must be immediately present at the pavilion area when winner is announced.

Nucor is back for Lunker Loot

Nucor is back again as Lunker Loot sponsor! The Big Bass Sidepot could be worth $20,000!

In addition to the normal Big Bass payout, if the last 2 digits (fraction) of the winning weight match 2 predetermined digits sealed in an envelope, the Big Bass winner receives and additional $20,000. Winner will be determined immediately after scales close and weights are verified. All Big Bass Sidepot participants are eligible!

Thank you Nucor Bar Mill in Jackson, MS for sponsoring the 2019 Lunker Loot Contest!


Kroger is back with special prizes!

Kroger is back as a 2018 Community Sponsor! And they’ve sent a stack of Kroger Gift cards for special prizes!

EARLY-BIRD Registration for the 2018 Catch-A-Dream Bass Classic closes TODAY at 5 pm! After 5 pm, REGULAR Registration fees will apply. There are 2 EASY Ways to Register:

Text ANGLER to 51555 OR visit

Registration will remain open until Blast-Off on Sunday May 6, but we recommend that you register no later than Saturday night to avoid the Sunday morning pre-dawn rush at the marina. T-Shirts are selling fast and are available only while supplies last. We are already sold out of size 3XL.


2017 Press Release

May 10, 2017

For Immediate Release

8th annual Catch‐A‐Dream Bass Classic on Ross Barnett raises $52,000

The 8th annual Catch‐A‐Dream Bass Classic, held on Ross Barnett Reservoir on May 7, was a resounding
success, generating over $52,000 for the Catch‐A‐Dream Foundation. A total of 214 boats blasted off at
safe light from the Hwy 43 Landing on Ross Barnett Reservoir under clear skies and calm winds. The
weather could not have been more perfectly comfortable for anglers, volunteers working the
tournament, or for spectators, but the fishing conditions were tough. Despite the fact that most of the
very best anglers on Ross Barnett were fishing, the bite was poor and the combination of high
barometric pressure and the fish transitioning from spawn to summer patterns proved challenging for
most anglers.

Only 78 boats weighed in fish (a record low for this tournament; typically 140‐160 boats weigh in) and a
total of 539 lbs of fish crossed the scales (another record low; typically anglers weigh in 1300‐1600 lbs of
fish.) It has traditionally taken 18‐20 lbs of fish to win the Overall Prize, and last year 72 boats registered
at least 10 lbs. This year, with the tough conditions, only 22 boats brought in 10 lbs or more, but one
boat managed to outdistance all others by over 3 lbs.

Ed Dunnaway and Hayze Hutzel, fishing as a “Buddy Team” (1 adult and 1 youth) weighed in at 18.55 lbs,
taking the Overall purse of $4,000. Donald and Bridgett Adcock, a “Couples team” (1 adult male and 1
adult female) placed 2nd with 15.30 lbs.

The “Big Bass” prize was claimed by Randy Thomas and Mike Barnes with a 7.55 lb lunker. Adam Varner
and Chris Beale captured the “Safety Team” division crown with 12.17 lbs.

Special thanks go to the 400+ anglers who battled stubborn fish, the dozens of volunteers who worked
tirelessly behind the scenes to make it happen and the sponsors who provided the funds and support to
help Catch‐A‐Dream burst the $50,000 bubble once again. Presenting sponsor, Bass Pro Shops hosted
the Saturday night registration dinner, sponsored by Big River Shipbuilders, Simmons Catfish and Penn’s
Restaurant, while Woodmen of the World cooked and served their famous pulled pork BBQ at the
weigh‐in site. Kroger and Entergy weighed in as Corporate Sponsors, and Entergy also provided an army
of volunteers to assist. Sponsors Page

Full results can be found at Prizes Page

The 2018 Bass Classic is set for May 6, 2018.
For more information:

FAQ 2: Door Prizes!

Here’s FAQ #2: “What about door prizes? We like to get door prizes!”

ANSWER: We’ll still have door prizes! We’ll draw every half hour from 4:30 til 7:30 and announce over PA system in store AND post on a winner board in the store. Winners can pick up their prizes ANYTIME between 4:30 and 8 pm. And yes, even if you leave store and come back, you can still claim your prize anytime before 8 pm! How’s that for flexibility?