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KENTUCKY LAKE BASS TOURNAMENTS
FALL BASS TOURNEY UNDERWAY
Not many bass anglers around here are accustomed to stalking the waters of
Kentucky Lake this time of year. A few diehards do at times but for the
most part, locals have parked the boat deep in the garage, stored the
tackle in hibernation and taken to the deer woods or a duck blind
For others accustomed to the competition from other fellow fishermen and
Mother Nature it’s just another week on another lake.
When soaking rains and cold temperatures moved across western Tennessee
earlier this week, people wondered how the changing weather would affect
fishing in the Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship on Kentucky
On Wednesday at Paris Landing State Park, Ken Thompson and Brad Weese
provided the answer.
Though the duo has only fished together less than a year, they looked
like lifelong partners. The team from the Angler’s Choice Team Trail
boated a five-bass limit that totaled 24 pounds, 10 ounces and gave them a
solid lead after the opening round of the national team championship.
Weese, who is from Petersburg, W.Va., caught the two biggest bass of
their creel; each weighed approximately 6 1/2 pounds. Thompson, of
Raysburg, Pa., provided the rest of the weight with a 4-pounder and two 3
1/2-pound bass. They didn’t catch many fish in practice rounds when the
weather was extremely disagreeable, but found three spots today that lit
up after they ditched their initial fishing area earlier in the morning.
“We complement each other in that we both like fishing the same
style,” Thompson said. “If I’m doing something, I know he can do it. And
if he has something working, I can fish the same way. We’ll hit those same
spots tomorrow. There are fish out there.”
Thompson and Weese comprised one of only four two-person teams
weighing-in more than 20 pounds of bass on Wednesday. Mark McCaig and Tim
Hurst of the Sylacauga Big Bucks Buddy Trail in Alabama are in second
place with a limit of 22-8. They are closely followed by Ty Faber and John
Gardner of the Ultimate Bass Team Trail in Colorado, third with 22-0, and
Derrick and Dustin Compton of the (South) Carolina Bass Challenge Team are
fourth with 20-3.
In all, 159 of the 186 teams registered in the Bassmaster Team
Championship caught at least one bass today, and 58 of them had limits.
Surprisingly, Faber and Gardner, who currently are in third place,
were without a limit. They caught four bass on all day, two of which came
among their first casts of the day. One of the throws boated a 6-10 lunker
to boost the bag.
“This is our first time here, so we don’t know the lake at all,”
Gardner said. “So this was good fishing for us today. There were a lot of
fish (on our spot,) and we literally stayed on it all day.”
With 160,000 acres to explore, Kentucky Lake offers plenty of
territory for anglers to cover. But Faber and Gardner may have found what
some pundits said would be the key to success in this tournament — a spot
that replenishes itself throughout the day.
“When you don’t have another spot to go to, you stay where you are,”
McCaig and Hurst had the big bass of the day — an 8-3 lunker that
Hurst said was caught on a crankbait following the shad bite on Kentucky
Lake. Both men said they didn’t catch much in practice, but felt like it
would take at least 20 pounds a day to make the cut after Thursday’s
“This is the Tennessee River, so you know it’s going to take a good
weight to win,” McCaig said. “The first place we started today, we caught
an 8-pounder, then a 4-pounder. So why leave?”
“We had three spots in mind, we hit one, and it produced,” Hurst said.
“Hopefully we can do it again tomorrow.”
Rain Monday and Tuesday gave way to partly cloudy skies, 50 degree air
temperatures, and slack winds on Wednesday. Conditions are supposed to be
significantly colder the rest of the week.
The Top 3 teams will qualify for the Bassmaster Team Championship
Classic Fish-Off to be held on Friday and Saturday, also on Kentucky Lake.
In that event, each angler fishes individually, teammate against teammate.
The competitor who brings in the heaviest daily catches will earn the
final available space in the 2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic when it is held
in March on Lake Conroe outside of Houston, Texas.
This week’s event marks the third year B.A.S.S. has held a team
championship. The tournament is composed of winning pairs from team trails
throughout the U.S. that are sanctioned by B.A.S.S.
In all, 194 teams from 31 states and one Canadian province are
represented. The Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship is hosted
by the Henry County Alliance.
The FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) is headed to Kentucky and Barkley lakes
Oct. 13-15 for the third of six BFL regional championships scheduled
around the country. The three-day tournament, which is presented by
Mercury, will feature the top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers from each of
the Buckeye, Great Lakes, Illini and Michigan divisions.
The winning boater will receive a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower
outboard and a check for $20,000, while the winning co-angler will receive
a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower outboard. The top six boaters and
co-anglers at each regional will advance to one of the longest-running
championships in bass fishing – the BFL All-American.
The 22nd annual Austin Peay State University Governors Bass Tournament is
less than two months away.
This year’s edition will be held Saturday, May 14, at Kentucky Lake, with
registration and boat launching from Paris Landing, Tenn., State Park.
Last season’s tourney drew more than 200 boats.
More than $12,000 dollars in prize money will be awarded. Previously, the
Top 25 places earned cash prizes but now only the Top 10 places will gain
monetary awards, meaning greater cash payouts, respectively, for those
positions. A guaranteed first-place prize of $5,000 will be awarded—that
has not changed. Second-place, however, is now $2,000, with third ($1,500)
and fourth ($1,000) and fifth ($750). Sixth-through-10th place each will
receive $400. In addition, $2,000 will be awarded in door prizes.
The tourney will begin 6 a.m., May 14, although all contestants must be
checked in between 4-5:30 a.m., with a mandatory meeting on the water at
5:45 a.m. Pre-registration entry fee is $110 per boat (two people per
boat), $125 after noon, Friday, May 13.
Fishing with artificial baits only is authorized with no motor trolling
allowed. A five-fish limit per boat exists.
The Governors Club will serve sausage biscuits prior to the tournament and
hamburgers and hot dogs at weigh-in.
Weigh in will begin at 2:30 p.m. and boats launching will take place in
order of postmark of entry form. Only largemouth, smallmouth and spotted
bass measuring 15 inches (with mouth closed) will be weighed.
Last year, the team of Jeffery Archie and Zach Parker, of Paris, captured
the $5,000 first-place prize with a five-fish weigh-in of 26.06. The haul
surpassed the team of Steven Hudson (Erin) and Micah Smith (Tennessee
Ridge), who brought in 22.64 pounds of bass.
Bill Lyons (Vanleer) and Dennis Black (Dickson), was third with a catch of
Peyton Gibbs (Dickson) walked away with the grand door prize of $2,000.
For the entry form and more information, stop by the APSU University
Advancement office or call (931) 221-7352 or (931) 221-7127, between 8
a.m.-4:30 p.m. After business hours, call (931) 279-0905 or (931)
624-2909. In addition, all this information, including the entry form, is
available at the APSU athletics web site: www.LetsGoPeay.com/bass or
APSU TOURNEY RESULTS
Predicted near-perfect conditions turned into anything but. However, that
didn’t deter the husband and wife team of Frank and Connie Fisher of
Clarksville, from braving the cool, windy conditions and choppy water to
capture the 22nd APSU tournament last Saturday on Kentucky Lake.
The Fishers took home the $5,000 first-place check by hauling a five-bass
catch of 25.28 pounds, nearly three pounds more than second-place David
Daniel/Joey Rumsey (Waverly), who had a 22.31 pound catch. As a result,
they took home $2,000.
A total of 187 boats competed during the day for a total of $12,000 in
WOUNDED SOLDIER TOURNAMENT
Registration is underway for the Seventh Annual Wounded Soldier Bass
Tournament to be held at Paris Landing on Saturday, May 7.
The tournament format will be a 3-fish limit with a guaranteed first prize
of $2,000 based on 150 boats.
The cost of the tournament is $180 per boat (two anglers maximum).
Registration after May 1 increases to $225.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency serves as one of the sponsors of
the event. The tournament is presented by Triton Gold.
To register for the event or for more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
BASS SERIES KICKS OFF
Kentucky Lake bass anglers thriving on competition can kick off the season
on Sunday, March 6 when the American Bass Anglers Division 32 tournament
series begins. The series will offer seven tournaments out of Paris
Landing State Park marina consisting of two tournaments in the months of
March, April and May. One event will be held in early June.
Parisian Houston McSwain is tournament director. Entry fee is $70 with a
$5 big bass pot. Anglers can enter on the morning of the event. For
additional information and tournament dates contact McSwain at
ABA TOURNEY RESULTS
The second tournament in the American Bass Angler series out of Paris
Landing State Park saw anglers battling a nasty cold front and brisk north
Taking the top spot was Eric Foister of Clarksville for a 5-fish limit
weighing 15.99 pounds. Second place went to Brian Choate of Burns with a
limit weighing 15.25 pounds.
Big bass of the day was a 5.35 pound largemouth taken by Foister with Andy
Tyler of Paris landing the second big fish with one weighing 5.28 pounds.
The next open event is April 2nd also out of PLSP. For entry info contact
tourney director Houston McSwain at 615-405-0043.
FLW RETURNS TO KENTUCKY LAKE
The prestigious FLW bass tournament trail announced its 2016 schedule and Kentucky Lake will be one of six stops next year.
From Florida to New York, a lot of bass fishing’s top pros participate.
Dates of the Kentucky Lake tournament will be June 9-12. The event will be
headquartered out of Gilbertsville and hosted by the Kentucky Lake
Convention and Tourism bureau.
PAUL STEELE/JOHNNY JOHNSON BASS TOURNEY
The Two Rivers Bass Club of Henry County will host the annual Paul Steele
and Johnny Johnson Memorial Bass Tournament on
Kentucky Lake out of Paris Landing State Park marina.
Mac Brown, 135 Brown Lane, Paris, TN. 38242.
WOUNDED SOLDIER BASS TOURNEY
To register for the event or for more information, go to the Foundation
website at www.twrf.net or contact Todd Spann (615) 642-6670 or email email@example.com.
American Couples Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, Kentucky
Division 8 tournament.
For additional information call tournament director Jeff Archie at
All ABA American Couples Series events involve a team format with each
team composed of one man and one woman. Although many married couples
compete together as teams, some teams consist of boyfriend and girlfriend
combinations, parent-child combinations or just two friends. Contestants
between 14 and 18 years old may participate with a parent’s written
For more information, call ABA at (888) 203-6222 or view the website at
www.americanbassanglers.com. For information pertaining to the Kentucky
Lake Couples, please visit their Facebook page or call 731-336-4938.
APSU BASS TOURNEY
It’s probably the biggest bass tournament of the year on Kentucky Lake in
terms of total boat participation.
For entry form and more information call (931) 221-7352 or log onto APSU
athletics web site: www.LetsGoPeay.com.
LBL DIVISION OF BFL
BFL on Facebook at Facebook.com/FLWFishing and on Twitter at
information call ABA at (888) 203-6222 or log onto www.americanbassanglers.com.
AMERICAN BASS ANGLERS
The American Bass Anglers tournament series
For information Archie at 731-336-4938.
TWO RIVERS BASS CLUB EVENTS
Henry County based Two Rivers Bass Club
For information contact
Bob Hehn at
STEELE/JOHNSON BASS TOURNEY
Two Rivers Bass Club of Paris host The Annual Paul Steele and Johnny
Johnson Memorial buddy bass tournament For additional info contact Mac
Brown at 731-642-3067
FISHERS OF MEN TOURNAMENTS
The Fishers of Men National Tournament Trail is a nonprofit,
nondenominational ministry whose mission is to present the Gospel of Jesus
Christ to fishermen and their families through competitive and
professionally run fishing tournaments.
Several divisions make up the tournament series and the Tennessee west
division will hold events on
Kentucky Lake out of Paris Landing State Park.
For entry information anglers can log onto
www.fomntt.com or call tournament director Billy Cooper at
BASS SERIES FOR COUPLES
Jeff and Stephanie Archie of Paris will serve as tournament directors for
a bass tournament series here on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes that caters to
couples. Seven separate events will be held this spring with six
tournaments going out of Paris Landing State Park and one event on Barkley
Lake out of Dover.
For additional information on the local division contact the Archies at
731-336-4938 or log onto
Sportsman's Digest Pro Team Trail
For more information about the trail please contact:
1470 Oak Grove Church Road
Mayfield, KY 42066
Mark Shelton (Groucho)
after 5:00 pm