Javins said the $90-per-boat entry fees would come back to the top finishers in the form of prize money.
"If we reach our maximum of 70 boats, that would mean $6,300 in prize money, because this is a '100 percent payback' tournament. We're anticipating payouts for the top seven boats if we reach the 70-boat maximum. There will also be an optional $10-per-person pot that will go to the angler who catches the biggest bass."
The tournament itself will begin at 7 a.m. Saturday. Javins said anglers would launch their boats in groups to avoid congestion at the put-in site. The weigh-in is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. and will conclude after the last group of fishermen returns.
Javins said anglers can get more detailed information about the tournament by calling 304-539-5211 or 304-563-3301.
The Robert C. Byrd Boat Launch was built just off Main Avenue on a "brownfield," an area previously contaminated by chemical waste.
The state Division of Environmental Protection, the Division of Natural Resources and FMC Corp. cooperated to cap the former city landfill and to install the ramp, a dock, a paved parking area for 72 boats and a gravel overflow parking area for at least that many more.
Pruett said the CVB wants to make the facility a focal point for special events. "We have this really nice place, with a nice location on the river and lots of parking," she said. "We want to get the word out about it. This weekend's tournament is the first step."
Reach John McCoy at johnmc...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1231.