The 2015 Coosa Classic presented by the Wetumpka Chamber of Commerce is scheduled for this Saturday, August 15th. The event will be based at Coosa Outdoor Center. The Coosa Classic is a staple of the tournament trail and this will be the 4th year of the event and the 5th time we’ve visited. The stretch of the Coosa River below Jordan Dam is a productive fishery with some monster spotted bass that will really challenge your moving-water fishing skills – and it may just challenge your paddling skills too! If you prefer to avoid all those Class II rapids, you can also fish in the river starting at Coosa Outdoor Center and down to Fort Toulouse. You’ll only pass one small rapid but hit some of the best spots. Lake Jordan, above the dam, is also open to fishing at the Coosa Classic for those who prefer the lake fishing – however, we will say you are unlikely to find an advantage there as the bigger fish are caught below the dam at this time of year. No matter where you go, you are guaranteed a fun time at what is always our favorite stage. So come join us!
This July we partner with North Alabama Kayak Fishing for an online big bass tournament! $10 entry fee with 50% cash payout to the angler catching the biggest bass! The other $5 from your entry fee goes to support Coosa Riverkeeper’s efforts to “Save the Skinny Water!” In spirit of #SavetheSkinnyWater, one rule modification for this online tournament is you can only score fish caught on skinny water (i.e., creeks and small moving rivers – no lakes, ponds, or big river). Even if you don’t win the big prize, your best bass score will count towards your Big Wills Outfitters Angler of the Year score and you’ll have a smile knowing you helped out a good cause.
To register for the July #NAKABIGBASS #SavetheSkinnyWater Tournament, please visit the NAKA registration page. You should also read the NAKA tournament rules, noting the variations for this particular charitable event (50% payout and skinny water requirement). You should also join the Facebook Event page for the tournament. Unique tokens will be sent to paid registrants the evening of June 30th.
While you’re at it, you’d look a lot cooler fishing for spots and redeyes wearing your Coosa Riverkeeper Save the Skinny Water tee! Get out there and enjoy it!
Congrats to the winners of the Lake Mitchell Open!
Best Angler: David Smith | 51.75″
Best Bass: David Smith | 19.25″
Best Fly Fisherman: Aaron Rubel | 21.5″
Best Young Angler: Jack Freeman | 29″
Best Family Duo: Jack & Paul Freeman | 71″
2nd Overall: Lee Mink | 46.25″
3rd Overall: Hays Latimer | 43.75″
4th Overall: Paul Freeman | 42″
5th Overall: Aaron Hanlin | 40.5″
The Lake Mitchell Open is this weekend and today is the last day to register online (you can also register in person Friday night). Don’t miss an incredible weekend on Lake Mitchell with a chance to see the Cahaba lilies in bloom if you head to Hatchet Creek. Friday night’s Captain’s Meeting will be at Higgins Ferry Park on the lake near Clanton, with an option to camp there. Saturday the weigh-in will be from 3-4pm at Kountry Kitchen in Clanton. What are you waiting for? Get registered!
Congrats to the winners of the Neely Henry Open presented by Greater Gadsden Area Tourism! What a great weekend! Next up we venture to the Lake Mitchell Open on June 6th. Join us!
Best Angler: David Smith | 55.75″
Best Bass: David Smith | 20.25″
Best Lady Angler: Kay Hanlin | 31.25″
Best Young Angler: Jake Kiser | 48.75″
Best Family Duo: Jake & Michael Kiser | 99.5″
2nd Overall: David Mayfield | 53.5″
3rd Overall: Lanny Watkins | 51.25″
4th Overall: Michael Kiser | 50.75″
5th Overall: Jake Kiser | 48.75″
We’re almost through rainy April and soon, yes soon, the creeks will no longer be high and muddy. That’s when we’ll hit it hard on May 2nd at the Neely Henry Open presented by Greater Gadsden Area Tourism when you could enjoy some lake fishing or hit up one of many major creeks that are “in bounds” such as Big Canoe, Big Wills, or Terrapin Creeks. Hey there’s four outfitters on those creeks you could arrange a shuttle with and really cover some ground (see map for phone #s)! Friday night’s Captain’s Meeting will be at Back Forty (or pay $10 to skip). Saturday afternoon’s weigh-in will be at Blackstone Pub & Eatery. Included with your registration is a FREE ticket to CukoRakko Music & Arts Festival which is at Horse Pens 40 all weekend. You’ll have to pay a little for parking and camping if you go but you’ll get to see some cool bands and can really maximize your weekend away from home. So what are you waiting for? Get signed up! Also, please travel down to Avondale Brewery in Birmingham on April 29th to catch the Fly Fishing Film Tour ($15), proceeds of which will benefit Coosa Riverkeeper.
The Logan Martin Open presented by Tyler Union is in the books and 37 competitors made the best of a cold, windy day. 10 bass “weighed in” at 18″+. A big congrats to all of our winners and competitors and thanks to all of our sponsors!
Best Angler: Steve Kennedy | 56.75″ <- trail record for venue by 3.5″
Best Bass: Steve Kennedy | 19.5″ <-trail record for venue by 0.25″
Best Young Angler: Jacob Martin | 44″
Best Lady Angler: Hannah Chapman | 8.5″
Best Family Duo: Jacob & Walter Martin | 82.5″
2nd Place Overall: Rick Werner | 53.25″ <- ties previous trail record for venue
3rd Place Overall: David Smith | 52.75″
4th Place Overall: Michael Armstrong | 49.25″
5th Place Overall: Shaye Taylor | 47″
Wednesday March 18th is the last day to get a $10 discount on registration for the Logan Martin Open which will take place on March 28th. Register before midnight Wednesday for $45. Or, until March 27th, purchase a season pass for $225 ($45 per stage). If you purchase a season pass not only is it a great deal, but you’ll have the option of skipping Captain’s Meetings at no extra charge (normally $10/stage) and you won’t have to complete the online registration for each stage.
Have you checked out the tournament map to see the boundaries in which we’ll be fishing? Also make sure you’re brushed up on the rules. There are a few changes from last year. Thanks and look forward to seeing you there!
The 2015 Fly Fishing Film Tour will be at Avondale Brewing Co. April 29th and benefit Coosa Riverkeeper! The event is brought to you by Deep South Outfitters, RMR 4×4 and Revive Fly Fishing. The original and preeminent exhibition of fly fishing cinema, The F3T is a one of a kind experience. Each year fishy folk gather at premieres to soak up films from around the world, spin a few yarns amongst friends and dream about casts still unmade. If you’ve been, you know what we’re talking about. If you haven’t, we hope to see you there!
The event will be the Wednesday before the Neely Henry Open! Why not come to both? $15 tickets for the F3T are available at Deep South Outfitters or online at flyfilmtour.com. Hurry… limited seating and this event will sell out!
Registration is now open for the 2015 trail! We’re excited to announce the return of all of last year’s sponsors while we add a few new ones as well! We’re super excited to be adding Lake Mitchell to the trail, just in time for you to see the beautiful Cahaba Lilies in bloom if you head to Hatchet Creek that day. Share the schedule around with your friends and please join us! Please note a date change on the Coosa Classic from the original announcement – we polled our anglers and just about everyone preferred we move it to the summer.
All proceeds of the tournament go to Coosa Riverkeeper – a citizen-based river conservation group working to protect your river. The cost to enter is $45 per event if you register 10 days or more in advance of each stage, or $55 if you register within 10 days of the stage. You’ll be able to skip the Captain’s Meeting for an additional $10 (100% of which goes to Coosa Riverkeeper) and print off your unique token at home if you can’t make it Friday night. The best deal if you plan to make it to at least 4 stages is to buy the season pass for $225 which will automatically register you for each stage (no need to remember to register on time!) and get you passes to skip all the Captain’s Meetings. What a deal! Only available before the end of March!
We’re looking forward to another great year with you all! Follow the Tournament’s Facebook page for the most regular updates!
Stay tuned – some informational videos about the tournament are coming soon!