The 2017 Alabama Classic will be the first ever state championship kayak fishing tournament!
On October 21st, we’re hosting the first ever state championship kayak fishing tournament on the Coosa River in Wetumpka. Ten anglers from each of the major clubs and trails in Alabama will qualify for the Championship Division with a chance to be crowned the Alabama State Champion. But it’s not just about that, we’re also here for a good time. That’s why everyone is welcome to join the Open Division and just fish for fun. The Open Division won’t have a chance at the title, but those folks are guaranteed to have a blast! Register today!
That’s up to 60 anglers just in the Championship Division! The Championship Division will be allowed to put their boats in the water at first safe light just below Jordan Dam. To give those contenders a chance to fish on through a ways, the Open Division will get to sleep in a little bit before they’re allowed to launch. Festivities at the free campground at Coosa Outdoor Center will take place the night before and following the day of fishing. More details will be posted as they are finalized.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Coosa Riverkeeper, a river conservation non-profit with a mission to protect, restore and promote the Coosa River. A representative from the Coosa Canoe & Kayak Fishing Tournament will serve as Tournament Director and judge all entries in the Championship Division.
CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION PAYOUT
1st Place: 60% of Championship Division entry fees
2nd Place: 30%
3rd Place: 10%
There is no cash payout for the Open Division.
Congrats to the winners of the Neely Henry Open presented by Fish Neely Henry Lake!
Best Angler: Robbey Stanford | 57.5″
Best Bass: Brandon Calloway | 23″
Best Young Angler: Beck Walker | 49.75″
Best Fly Fisherman: Evan Howard | 34.5″
Best Female Angler: Kristen Woods | 29.5″
2nd overall: Brian Wilkes | 56″
3rd overall: Coley McGowan | 55.75″
4th overall: Lance Coley | 54″
Congrats to the winners of yesterday’s Lay Lake Open, the start of the 6th annual Coosa Canoe & Kayak Fishing Tournament benefitting Coosa Riverkeeper!
Best Angler: Lance Coley | 53″
Best Bass: Barry Walker | 19.5″ (tie with Jack Freeman)
Best Young Angler: Jack Freeman | 48″
Best Female Angler: Tammy Yarbrough | 12″
2nd Overall: Jared Atwell | 52.75″
3rd Overall: Barry Walker | 50″
4th Overall: Doug Woodruff | 49.75″ (tie with Hays Latimer)
Thanks to all 42 anglers who competed through cold and rain, and thanks to Old Town Grille and Bernie’s On Main Street for hosting us!
Our next stop is the Logan Martin Open presented by Honda Manufacturing of Alabama on April 8th and hosted by Montana Saloon & Grill. See you there!
See the full scoreboard here.
Registration is now open for all three stages of the Sixth Annual Coosa Canoe & Kayak Fishing Tournament! Get registered today! $50 for a regular entry fee with eligibility to win $1,000 in guaranteed cash payouts. $25 entry fee for the fly fishing division (no cash prize eligibility).
March 11: Lay Lake Open (mid-morning start)
April 8: Logan Martin Open presented by Honda Manufacturing of ALabama
May 6: Neely Henry Open presented by Fish Neely Henry Lake
The 6th annual Coosa Canoe & Kayak Fishing Tournament will include the following stages:
March 11: Lay Lake Open (mid-morning start)
April 8: Logan Martin Open
May 6: Neely Henry Open
October 20-21: Alabama Classic (State Championship on Coosa River in Wetumpka)
Registration will be open soon at CoosaKayakFishing.com!
Congrats to the winners of the Coosa Classic presented by Paddle Out and benefitting Coosa Riverkeeper!
Best Angler: Jared Atwell | 50″
Best Bass: Hays Latimer | 20″ (Jake Garner tied)
Best Fly Fisherman: Jason Davis | 28.25″
Best Young Angler: Jack Freeman | 9.5″
Big Wills Outfitters Angler of the Year: Jared Atwell | 148.5″
1st Runner Up: Lanny Watkins | 141″
2nd Runner Up: Hays Latimer | 139.25″
Best Young Angler of the Year: Jack Freeman | 61.75″
2nd Overall for the Stage: Adam Hall | 46.25″
3rd Overall: Chris McNeill | 43.75″
4th Overall: Jake Garner | 43.5″
Close behind: Hays Latimer (43.25″), Josh Tidwell and Zach Kiser (43″)
Thanks Coosa Outdoor Center for hosting us and to all of our great sponsors and competitors! The 5th annual Coosa Canoe & Kayak Fishing Tournament is a wrap!
Congrats to the winners of the Neely Henry Open presented by Greater Gadsden Area Tourism and hosted by Back Forty Beer Company and Little Bridge Marina!
Best Angler: Jared Atwell | 55″
Best Bass: Tim Gables | 20.25″
Best Young Angler: Ethan Floyd | 40.75″
Best Female Angler: Kara Hammett | 45.5″
Best Fly Fisherman: Mark Miller | 9.5″
Best Family Duo: Ethan & Rodney Floyd | 79.75″
2nd Overall: Steve Sanders | 54.25″
3rd Overall: Lanny Watkins | 52.25″
4th Overall (tie): Tim Gables | 51.25″
Photos from the weekend
Congrats to the winners of the Logan Martin Open presented by RMR 4×4! Here they are, from a field of 34 competitors on a windy, windy day!
Best Angler: Robby Cook | 50.75″
Best Bass: Patrick Smith | 20″
Best Young Angler: Jake Kiser | 46″
Best Lady Angler: Lisa Green | 37.75″
Best Family Duo: Jake & Michael Kiser | 76.75″
2nd Overall: John Frederick | 48.5″
3rd Overall: Lanny Watkins | 48.25″
4th Overall: Robbey Stanford | 48″
See the photos from the event here!
The Neely Henry Open is up next! Get registered!
The Logan Martin Open presented by RMR 4×4 is this weekend! Register now! The weather should be excellent, and we won’t let a big rainfall Thursday stop us from catching some Coosa spots, redeyes and largemouths! Our hosting venue for on-land activities is Montana Saloon & Grill in Lincoln. Here’s our schedule:
Friday at Montana Saloon & Grill
Check-in: 7-8pm (present fishing license, buy rulers, pay any outstanding entry fees, sign waivers, enjoy food and drink!)
Captain’s Meeting: 8pm (will last appx. 30 min)
Fishing Hours: First safe light (appx 6am) until 2pm
Weigh-in: 1-2pm at Montana Saloon & Grill
Awards Ceremony after all fish are scored @ appx 4pm
On the 5th annual Coosa Canoe & Kayak Fishing Tournament Trail there will be $1,000 guaranteed cash prize at every stage! Registration is now open at www.CoosaKayakFishing.com!
1st Place: $500
2nd Place: $300
3rd Place: $150
4th Place: $50
Entry fee is $50 per stage