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Star brite additive signs on as Bassmaster sponsor

Marine maintenance product manufacturer Star brite’s fuel additive Star Tron Enzyme Fuel Treatment is sponsoring the 2013 Bassmaster Classic Wild Card.

The event, which began Thursday and continues through Saturday on Lake Okeechobee in Florida, will see as many as 175 anglers seeking a spot in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic.

The event gives anglers one more chance to make it to the 2014 Classic championship in Birmingham, Ala. Star Tron Pro Angler Patrice Pierce is among the field of anglers vying for a slot in the 2014 Classic.

“The Wild Card will be held on a phenomenal fishery,” B.A.S.S. senior tournament director Trip Weldon said in a statement. “It’s going to be entirely possible to make up a lot of ground and come back from a long way down the standings,” he said. “Since there are no points involved and there’s a lot at stake, this event is kind of like the Classic itself — you let it all hang out and go for the glory.”

The tournament format will be much like that of the Bassmaster Opens. The full field will fish for the first two days, and then it will be cut to the top 12 for the final day of competition. The angler who climbs to the top will get a ticket to the 2014 Classic.

The rest of the Top 30 anglers will receive cash prizes, with the 30th-place finisher receiving $2,000. The entry fee is $2,000, and the total payout is $80,000, in addition to the Classic berth and a chance to win $300,000 in the world championship.

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