Grace Chapel Tullahoma will serve as home site for the event, while members of Southern Mid-Tn. Kayak Anglers will manage the tournament activities. Entry fee is $30 for the main event. Participants can also compete in an optional Big Fish competition by bringing an unwrapped children’s toy. The Ketchin’ for Kids Kayak Fishing Tournament offers something for kayak fishing enthusiast of all ages and experience levels.
The tournament kicks off at Grace Chapel Tullahoma with a pre-launch meeting at 10:30am. Following the opening meeting, anglers are free to choose between local fishing spots Tims Ford Lake, Woods Reservoir, or Normandy Lake. The grand prize is a brand new Wilderness Systems “Ride 115” kayak. Hook 1, Power Team Lures, Boskey’s Restaurant, All Season Outdoors, The Sportsman’s Corner, Poppy’s Jigs, Caney Fork Outdoors, Newton Nissan South, B&L Tackle and Custom Baits, and Werner Paddles have generously donated other prizes in support of the event.
Each paid entry earns the participant one ticket into a reverse drawing format. Anglers can earn additional tickets by catching and photographing fish caught from inside a kayak. Up to three tickets can be earned for any caught and photographed bass, along with one ticket each for bream, striped bass, catfish, crappie, carp, or walleye. Participants can add up to nine tickets to the drawing, dramatically increasing their chances of winning. Fishermen are required to return to Grace Chapel Tullahoma by 4:45pm for photo/fish check in. The winners of the various donated prizes will be determined through the first tickets drawn, and the last ticket will win the Ride 115 kayak.
The Big Fish competition features a $150 first place prize for the largest bass caught. The second largest fish wins $50. Winning fish will be determined through inches of catch measured and photographed against a Hawg Trough or Plano measuring board. A big thanks to Southern Carton of Lewisburg, TN for graciously donating prize money for the Big Fish competition.