Bassmaster may not return to Montgomery in 2012

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Competition starts Friday morning at 7:30 for the Bassmaster All-Star Championship Tournament. As the top 8 pro-anglers prepare for their time on the water, those behind the scenes and the city of Montgomery are looking ahead to bringing these event back in the future.

So how likely is it we'll see another Bassmaster tournament here in 2012?

It's an event that means a lot for Montgomery, for a lot of reasons. Mayor Todd Strange says with "TV, ESPN doing this in Montgomery, Alabama, it promotes opportunity for other people to come and see what's going on here."

"What it boils down to is the community does a great job of welcoming BASS time and time again, " says Michael Mulone, Director of Event Partnerships for BASS.

One of Mulone's primary responsibilities is to determine where Bassmaster tournaments will be held. "We want to have a lasting impression where people enjoy us coming to town whether every year, third year, fifth year. That's why we've continued to come back to Montgomery."

But Mulone doesn't see the River Region in the running for next year. "It's a balancing act to find the right place, then make great content for TV, web, magazine," he said.

It's a balancing act not just on the business end, but for the anglers too. Coming back to familiar water has positives and challenges.

"Using it to my advantage," says angler Skeet Reese. You could say Reese is cursed on the Alabama River, losing the Angler of the Year title here two years in a row. He says the more time he spends here, the more confident he feels. "Look at my track record, the more times I go to a fishery the better I do!"

BASS says the tournament will return to the River Region at some point. Michael Mulone admitted, "If it's not next year, we'll definitely be back in the future."

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