he popular event will be held next Saturday at Kentucky Lake, with registration and boat launching from Paris Landing State Park.
Last year’s tourney drew a record 260 boats, despite threatening weather. This year’s event is even more inviting. The tournament, which guarantees $11,000 in prize money, recently added a $12,000 150 EFI Mercury motor, donated by B&J Marine and Mercury Outboards, as a door prize–winner must be present to win. That comes on the heels of B&J Marine, along with Motorguide, donating a trolling motor also as a door prize.
The tourney will begin 6 a.m., May 13, although all contestants must be checked in between 4-5:30 a.m., with a mandatory meeting at 5:45 a.m. Pre-registration entry fee is $100 per boat (two people per boat), $110 after noon, Friday, May 12.
The tournament will benefit Austin Peay athletics.
A guaranteed first-place prize of $3,000 will be awarded; second-place is $1,500; third and fourth-place will receive $1,000 and $600, respectively. The top 30 places will receive prizes. Each boat also will have the opportunity to win in a grand door prize drawing of $500. If the tourney winner is fishing in a Triton Boat, Triton Gold will pay an additional $1,000.
Fishing with artificial baits only is authorized with no motor trolling allowed. A five-fish limit per boat exists.
Weigh in will begin at 3 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.
For entry form and more information, stop by the University Advancement Office or call (931) 221-7024 or (931-221-7127), between 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. After business hours, call (931) 358-5450 or (931) 358-2984. Or go to the APSU athletics website, www.apsu/letsgopeay and click onto the bass tourney icon