Drew’s River Bassin Trail Heads to Atlanta Saturday July 9

Atlanta native comes home bringing the largest paddle-powered fishing tournament trail in the world awarding more than $60,000 in prizes

For Immediate Release – June 30, 2011: Professional Kayak Angler Pioneer and Atlanta native Drew Gregory brings his 2011 River Bassin Tournament Trail, presented by Jackson Kayak, to the capital of the south next week. The tournament will be hosted by Bass Pro Shops on Saturday, July 9, and will feature some of the top kayak anglers from across the country.

 “Atlanta is where I grew up, and I cut my teeth in the rivers and creeks in the surrounding area, so I am always interested to see how this particular stop is won,” said Gregory. “My experience in the Atlanta area has shown you can catch better numbers of fish north of the city, in the cooler water coming off the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains; however, the bigger fish are south but they are much harder to catch this time of year. Even last year’s finale in Macon, Ga., proved that when only one angler topped 50 inches. There’s no doubt going south of town is certainly a gamble to get that big bite, but if an angler doesn’t get it they may be beaten by three solid 17-19 inch spotted bass north of town.”

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:

Atlanta, Ga.– July 9 | Bass Pro Shops

Birmingham, Ala. – July 23 | Bass Pro Shops

Beloit, Wis. – July 30 | Paddle and Trail

Frankfort, 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 at 5900 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, 30043, (678)-847-5500. 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).  Visit www.DrewGregory.com for more information.

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