Largest paddle-powered fishing tournament trail in the world awards more than $60,000 in prizes
For Immediate Release – June 17, 2011: Professional Kayak Angler Pioneer Drew Gregory’s 2011 River Bassin Tournament Trail, presented by Jackson Kayak, heads to the Music City with a Nashville visit next week. The tournament is hosted by Bass Pro Shops Saturday, June 25, and will feature some of the top kayak anglers from across the country.
Now in its second season, Gregory has grown his tournament trail to include Nashville as one of the stops. “In such a young sport and tournament trail we felt it would be best to expand to areas that should be premier river fishing destinations,” Gregory said. “It is for this reason Nashville was an obvious area to expand, mainly due to its numerous scenic rivers within driving distance from the city. We’re excited to see what kind of support the kayak anglers in the region show for this stop, because if it is well received, Nashville may be one of the annual stops on the trail.”
“This tournament will be a battle between the anglers that choose to fish the larger Cumberland River, which is not as suited for kayak fishing as the medium to smaller flows, and those that choose to take their paddle and pole to those mid-sized riverine environments,” Gregory explained. “The smaller water may not have the giant smallmouth and largemouth bass that the main Cumberland can produce, but it is usually easier to catch fish in the smaller rivers. It is a gamble that each angler must weigh before they choose their tournament water for the day, which makes these tournaments are so unpredictable and exciting!”
This year’s trail has expanded from five to 12 stops across the United States, from Texas to Wisconsin, down to Georgia and stops in between, making it the largest paddle-powered fishing tournament trail in the world. The tournament helps to increase positive awareness of the eco-friendly sport of kayak fishing.
The eco-friendly trail is driven by a unique, conservation-minded, paddle-power only, catch-measure-photo-release format that promotes sustainability within the environment. Anglers will fish in surrounding rivers and take a photo of their catch on a standard measuring board given to all anglers. Upon taking the photo, they release the fish back into the water for future generations to enjoy. Anglers then return to the host location to fill out their scorecard, turn in their camera’s memory card, and discover their placements at the “results show” that evening.
The “results show” is displayed in a slide show format where Gregory MC’s and recognizes the top anglers in all categories (individual angler, team, youth and top female) on stage to share their fish photos and discuss with them their day on the water.
Throughout the trail, more than $60,000 in prizes from numerous sponsors will be given away, most notably from – Jackson Kayak, Diablo Paddlesports, NuCanoe, Bass Pro Shops, Aqua Bound & Bending Branches paddles, Kokatat Watersports Wear, Paddle and Trail, Amazon Expeditions, KayakBassFishing.com, RiverBassin.com, Gorilla Glue, GoPro Cameras, RAM Mounts, Tallon Systems, and Kayak Angler Magazine.
The trail began in Charlotte, N.C., on April 2, and is slated to finish up September 10, in Roanoke, Va., one of the country’s premier outdoor lifestyle regions. Due to the area’s pristine rivers and lakes, Roanoke makes for the ideal setting to host the trail’s grand finale, where food, live music, a separate lake tournament and a film festival will take place along with awarding the River Bassin series champion.
The trail is also poised to raise money for the ALS Foundation. The foundation is instrumental in assisting those with Lou Gehrig’s Disease, as well as searching for a cure to a disease that can affect anyone, of any race, age, gender or social class at any time.
Upcoming Events Include:
River Bassin Bedrock Series:
Nashville, Tenn. – June 25 | Bass Pro Shops
Atlanta, Ga. – July 9 | Bass Pro Shops
Birmingham, Ala. – July 23 | Bass Pro Shops
Beloit, Wis. – July 30 | Paddle and Trail
Frankford, Ky. – August 27 | Canoe Kentucky
Roanoke, Va. **Grand Finale** – September 10
The entry deadline is Friday, with a mandatory pre-tournament meeting 7 p.m. Friday night at Bass Pro Shops located in Opry Mills at 323 Opry Mills Drive, Nashville 37214 (Phone: 615-514-5200). Tournament check-in time is 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the same location. Registration fees range from $40-60 per person. For more information on the tournament trail, its stops across the U.S., its sponsors, hosts, partners and causes please visit www.riverbassintrail.com.
About Drew Gregory: Drew Gregory, known as “BasserDrew” to many, is a professional kayak angler and an expert in bass fishing America’s rivers and creeks. Drew hails from Atlanta, Ga., and currently resides in Charlotte, N.C. He has been river fishing since he could handle a rod and reel, but for the past nine years has been pioneering the sport of kayak fishing in freshwater rivers. Standing up and fishing out of his signature series kayak, The Jackson Kayak Coosa, for smallmouth, largemouth and shoal bass is his passion. Gregory has logged more than 700 river kayak fishing trips and is the co-founder of RiverBassin.com and the River Bassin Tournament Trail (RiverBassinTrail.com).
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