Trail founder Drew Gregory says the camping, food, shuttles on the Coosa River, and demo kayaks (Jackson Kayak “Coosas”) will all be free for registered anglers. There will be thousands of dollars in prizes awarded, and the River Basser of the Year (RBOY) and River Bassin Team of the Year (RBTOY) will be crowned. This tournament is open to anyone and everyone, and Gregory is very persuasive when he points out, “This is the perfect reason to travel south for one last weekend of warm weather and topwater river bassin’ for big Coosa River spotted bass with friends!”
If you miss Gregory and all the fun at the finale, here’s a preview of a few exciting things coming in 2015 for the River Bassin Trail.
1. CASH! Yes, cash. Isn’t that what we all love to hear? He says that the “regional stops” and new stops called “super regionals” will have their normal allotment of prizes, PLUS a guaranteed amount of cash given away that is not based on a certain number of entries. He also says there will be a large cash awards for the winner of the 2015 Championship and the RBOY and RBTOY awards. He promises to announce the grand cash total at the 2014 finale, and assures us, “There are still beginner-friendly local stops that will always be more laid back - almost ‘Boondoggle’ laid back!”
2. Drew told us that the 2015 championship will likely be October 24 in Tennessee, hosted by Caney Fork Outfitters. We like this very central location for most river bassin’ hot beds across the country.
3. Some flat water (lakes) will be in bounds for “local” stops in 2015. “In order help more beginners get into the sport and trail, to ensure that tour stops don’t have to be cancelled or postponed due to flooding, and ensure safety,” Gregory said, “the ‘local stops’ will have a small allotted amount of public flat water lakes in bounds.” He believes that most anglers will still fish the rivers, and the events will likely be won on those wild moving waters. He went on to say “Many lakes are made by rivers, and they’re part of the ‘river system’ too. If this helps make our events safer or easier for anglers to fish, that’s what we’re going to do.” He pointed out that the regional, super regional, and championship events will still feature only true flowing water, and anglers vying for the RBOY and RBTOY awards will be required to fish at least one regional event to be in contention. He also noted there would be more regional events than this year.
4. In years past, River Bassin events have had a captain’s meeting the Friday before the tournament Saturday. This was tough on many anglers traveling from a distance. Trail organizers now will offer a virtual captain’s meeting online. Anglers will still be able to get the identifiers from the shop on Friday night, and that shops will offer discounts to registered anglers the week of the event. There will also be other ways identifiers can be received on Friday evening, or even Saturday morning.
Gregory told YakAngler more new info will be “officially” released soon - mostly on November 8 at the Championship - so we’ll have to wait to find out what else is new. To get more information on the trail, visit riverbassintrail.com.