Pro fisherman Ben Parker takes aim at first ‘Showdown’
Posted: Thursday, March 10, 2011 9:09 pm
Ben Parker’s professional fishing career is taking a major step this week.
The Obion County native is in central Florida competing in the Sunshine Showdown, the first in a series of fishing tournaments in the Bassmaster Elite Series Trail.
Parker qualified for the Bassmaster Elite Series last year after he finished in 10th place in a series of three open fishing tournaments in New York, Michigan and Maryland. As part of the professional fishing tour, Parker will compete in a series of weekend events across the Mid-South.
All of the Bassmaster Elite Series Tournaments are being carried on ESPN.
This week’s tournament is being held on the Harris Chain of Lakes near Tavares, Fla. There are nine lakes in the chain, covering about 76,000 acres.
Those interested in following Parker in the tournament can go to his new website — www.parkersoutfitting.com — which will feature updates on his fishing success.
Tournament results can also be tracked on the bassmaster website — www.bassmaster.com.
Parker is a 1995 graduate of Obion County Central High School. He has spent most of his life hunting and fishing and is quick to credit his father, Bobby Parker, and his grandfather, the late Elmer Parker, with introducing him to the great outdoors.
Parker has been competing in tournaments for more than six years with the Reelfoot Lake Bass Club and still has many friends and fellow fishermen who are following his success in the Bassmaster Elite Series.
The entry fee for each of eight tournaments in the Bassmaster Elite Series is $5,000, and then there are the travel expenses involved in each of the tournaments. For Parker, it’s a major investment of time and money for him to compete in the tournaments. It’s also a major opportunity for him to compete against some of the biggest names in professional fishing.
Parker is one of 99 touring bass pros who qualified for the “elite” group of bass fishermen.
The winner of each of the eight tournaments will receive a $100,000 check. The tournaments will also pay all the way down to 50th place.
Each of the tournaments is a four-day event, with all 99 anglers fishing on the first two days. Then, the top 50 fishermen will compete on the third day of the tournament, and then the final 12 will compete for the $100,000 check.
Staff Reporter Kevin Bowden may be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in The Messenger 3.10.11