SCOTTSBORO — The upcoming Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Elite at Lake Guntersville will be the 23rd major BASS event held on the Alabama lake.

The tournament will be June 21-24, with daily takeoffs at 6 a.m. from Goose Pond Landing, where the daily weigh-ins will begin at 2:15 p.m.

“This tournament is important,” said Elite Series Pro Kelley Jaye, who is hoping to qualify for his first Bassmaster Classic this season. “I knew before Texas Fest, I was sitting in the cut for the Classic, but after a slip there, I have not even looked at the standings.”

The Alabama pro is currently 51st in the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year race with the Lake Guntersville event marking the halfway point of the season.

Only about the Top 40 competitors in the final Angler of the Year standings end up qualifying for the classic.

June 22 will be Military and First Responder Day, when service members can show their IDs to receive a free Bassmaster hat, as long as supplies last.

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