Fishing in the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open begins today on the Arkansas River.
Anglers are launching out of Three Forks Harbor in Muskogee for the three-day tournament. First place earns a spot in the 2012 Bassmaster Classic.
Ardmore pro Jeff Kriet already has qualified for the Bassmaster Classic through the Elite Series, but he is fishing in the Central Open anyway to try to get his friend, Kelly Jordan, in the Classic.
Jordon was first man out on the Classic qualification points list through the 2011 Bassmaster Elite Series. If an Elite Series pro double-qualifies for the Classic, Jordon will be the first man in.
“If I was the first guy out, I’d want him to be fishing,” Kriet said. “I’d be mad at him if he’d paid up and didn’t go. I figured I’d at least give it a shot.”
Weigh-ins today and Friday are at 2:45 p.m. at Three Forks Harbor. Saturday’s final weigh-in will be at 3:45 p.m. at Bass Pro Shops in Broken Arrow.