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I was recently asked if there was a tournament or tour for those who, either by choice or circumstance, fish from “small” boats.
Small boats, as in 12-foot or less i.e. Jon boats, pond boats, kayaks, little pontoons, etc.
Take your choice of brands or styles. The truth is that they’re 12 foot or less, the kind you can stick in the back of a full-size pickup truck. Ya don’t have to, but ya could!
Bear in mind that while I’m considered a technological dinosaur, I did manage an Internet search. I found nothing that met my “small” boat tournament criteria, at least not locally.
So, it seems that if we want a local, small boat tournament, maybe tour, we’ll just have to do it ourselves!
Everyone knows I’m a big supporter of the Mid-KY Bass Anglers, so this tournament will in no way conflict with anything already scheduled. Matter of fact, I look at this as something else for several MKBAs to do!
This will be just a one tournament format, for now. We’ll talk about the feasibility of another tournament, and maybe a tour, based on participation in this one.
The entry fee for this tournament will be $10 with a 60/40 payback for first and second place. There’ll also be an optional big bass pot of $5 per angler with a 100 percent payout for the heaviest bass caught.
Other rules for this tournament:
1.) Maximum boat length allowed is 12 feet.
2.) Electric trolling motor or muscle power only. No gas engines allowed (or mounted)
3.) Must have an aerated live well or cooler (No stringers, baskets, etc.)
4.) Only one angler per boat allowed.
5.) Only three bass limit allowed at any time. Any dead bass must be kept and weighed with a four ounce penalty applied.
6.) Only three rods/reels per boat allowed. Maximum rod length or 8 feet.
7.) Artificial bait(s) only.
8.) Live bass shall be released after weigh-in.
Since I’m setting this up, I’ll settle any disputes or questions!
We’re doing this tournament on Sept. 15 with the launch at 7 a.m. Sign-ups will end at 6:55 a.m. Weigh-in will be at 1 p.m.
The location will be announced in my Sept. 11 article. Sportsman Lake, Fagan Branch, Springfield Reservoir and Spurlington Lake will be put in a hat and drawn. So, you might want to practice all of these lakes.
As stated earlier, if this tournament “works” we’ll talk about having another one this year and maybe even setting a tour!
You asked for it; well, here it is! So let’s see how it goes. Hope to see you there, wherever “there” turns out to be!
Making up for being forgetful, the results of our Mid-KY Bass Anglers tournament on Willisburg Lake shows that Patrick Campbell and Brett Underwood took first place with a bag of 8 pounds, 10.56 ounces. In second, with a bag of 7 pounds, 4.16 ounces were the team of Jason Spalding and Gary Wilkerson. Fishing by himself, Danny Marcum took third place and big bass with a fish weighing 4 pounds, 7.52 ounces.
The next Mid-KY Bass Anglers tournament will be on Aug. 18 on Nolan Lake. Launch will be at 7 a.m. from the Wax Ramp, with a 3 p.m. weigh-in.
The Aug. 3 Elk Banquet was another successful event. This was their 15th event and they just keep getting better. And I keep not winning anything! But, it’s all for a good cause and I did eat a quality meal!
So, congratulations guys and gals for a job well done, again.
The Hunter Education Class, also on Aug. 3, had about 30 students. About half these were in the 9- to 13-year-old categories. Seems we have a group of new hunters coming along.
If you missed this class, which I announced for several weeks, it’s not too late.
There are classes all around us you can attend. Just got to the Kentucky Department of Wildlife Resources website. Just type it in Google. Go to the “Education and Outdoor Activities” area. That’ll let you enter “Hunter Education” and then the “Schedule.”
There you’ll find all the counties and dates for all the 2013 classes.
Congratulations to Bailey Anna Spalding, 2014 Distinguished Young Woman.
Good luck in your future endeavors.
Looks like that’s it for now. Get out, enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer, stay safe and I’ll see ya next week!