West Memphis Clarion welcomes Mississippi River Monster’s anglers

Southern hospitality at its best

Southern hospitality, in pure and simple terms means, “making quests happy.” Mississippi River Monsters (MRM) tournament anglers will experience some of that southern hospitality when they come to Memphis in September if they are staying at the Clarion.

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Look for the Whisker Whacker banner in the breakfast room and stop by for a photo.

In its second year, MRM will once again attract catfish anglers from all over the county to the Memphis area. In addition to each team there will be family, sponsors and spectators needing a convenient place to stay.

Just across the river from the launch site on Mud Island is West Memphis Arkansas, and a hotel chomping at the bit to see the catfish anglers back for round two. Location could not be more convenient. Driving time to the launch site and related attractions are measured in minutes.

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It is a short ride from the Clarion to the Pyramid where all kinds of shenanigans will be going on.

Depending on traffic, it is about 10 minutes to Beale Street; five minutes to Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid, (the weigh-in site); and about 15 minutes to the ramp on Mud Island. There are easy on and off ramps, in either direction, right at the hotel and in Memphis.

The Clarion Hotel in West Memphis rolled out the red carpet last year and they plan to do it again, only with more amenities for the anglers, friends, and family.

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Just son’t be surprised if some guy with a fishing pole is holding the elevator for you.

The hotel plans extra security this year. They will have one patrol in the back parking lot and one in the front parking lot. Everybody will have an assigned parking space that will be theirs for the entire length of the tournament. A combination of angler provided generators and electric lines, ran by the hotel, will accommodate battery charging.

Anglers that stayed at the Clarion last year will remember the great home cooked breakfast and the southern hospitality of Nona Little and her daughters. They took care of the breakfast crowd in the best possible way.

Additionally, on tournament day, the hotel will do a Grab-n-Go breakfast so the anglers can get out early and still get breakfast. Brown bag breakfasts will be made up for easy pickup on the way out of the hotel in the morning.

“It is one of the greatest places we stay,” said Catfish Weekly’s Lyle Stokes. “Cindy and I travel to a lot to tournaments, we go a lot of places. I was so impressed with the service last year.” (As a side note, Catfish Weekly is working on a special broadcast from the hotel. Stay tuned to the Catfish Weekly Facebook page for details.)

Rates and Discounts

Rates start at $99 per night, but three or more nights gets a 10 percent discount.If anglers stayed at the Clarion last year they get an extra $5 off per night.If you bring a generator you get an extra $10 off per night.Using all the available discounts anglers could be staying for a little as $74 per night.

To book a room call Brittany at 870-333-3364.

Driving Directions:

If you are driving west on I-55 North and I-40 West take exit #5 and take the right exit for the over-pass and the hotel will be on your right after you loop back over the Interstate. If you are driving east on I-40 East and I-55 South, take exit #279-A and the hotel will be on your right.

George Young Jr. is working hard to make this year’s event better than last year’s. Choosing the Clarion for the host hotel works right into those plans. For more information on MRM visit their website and get frequent updates from their Facebook page.

Whisker Whackers and CatfishNow will be on site at the Clarion, and invite you to come by for a photo op. Hoping to see you there.

Room selection gets tighter each day that goes by, but there are still some rooms available. Call Brittany to reserve your rooms – 870-333-3364

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