More than $60,000 in prizes from numerous sponsors will be given away throughout the trail
For Immediate Release – June 9, 2011: Professional Kayak Angler Pioneer Drew Gregory’s 2011 River Bassin Tournament Trail, presented by Jackson Kayak, heads to the Lone Star State and visits San Marcos, Texas next week. The tournament is hosted by TG Canoes & Kayaks Saturday, June 18, and will feature some of the top kayak anglers from across the country.
“The hill country of Texas boasts some of the most scenic and pristine rivers in the country, and we’re excited to bring the trail to TG Canoes & Kayaks in San Marcos, which lies in the perfect location to access these blue waters,” Gregory said. “One thing that makes this stop unique is that it is the only location that will possibly see the rare Guadalupe bass be scored on an angler’s ‘virtual’ photo stringer. However, due to their size they will not play much of a role in determining the winner.”
“The big largemouth bass that inhabit the area will certainly be the stars of the show again, just as they were in Austin earlier this year when Andy Strawn took the title with 56 inches,” Gregory continued. “It’ll be interesting to see if 56 will be the winning score again or if the tough summer heat will make things more difficult on the anglers.”
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, TN – June 25 | Bass Pro Shops
Atlanta, GA – July 9 | Bass Pro Shops
Birmingham, AL – July 23 | Bass Pro Shops
Beloit, WI – July 30 | Paddle and Trail
Frankford, KY – August 27 | Canoe Kentucky
Roanoke, VA **Grand Finale** – September 10
Diablo Paddlesports Texas Hill Country Series:
San Marcos, TX – June 18 | TG Canoes & Kayaks
The entry deadline is Friday, with a mandatory pre-tournament meeting 7 p.m. Friday night at TG Canoes & Kayaks, 402 Pecan Park Drive, San Marcos, Texas 78666. 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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