The Kentucky Division 15 of the American Bass Anglers Weekend Bass Series will open its 2014 tournament season Feb. 22 on Kentucky Lake.
The competitors will launch at Moors Resort & Marina located at 570 Moors Road in Gilbertsville. Anglers may begin fishing at safe light. Registration begins at 4 p.m. Feb. 21 at Moors Resort. To register for this tournament, see www.americanbassanglers.com/proddetail.php?prod=838.
To enter, anglers fishing the Boater Division pay $200 with co-anglers paying $100. In addition, ABA members enjoy these other these other benefits:
- No more dual membership to fish the Weekend Bass Series.
- No more credit card processing fees for tournament entries.
- Liability insurance requirements have been reduced to an acceptable level for weekend anglers.
- Increased payback at divisional events from 20 percent of the field to 25 percent of the field.
Anglers fishing the Boater Division may weigh in up to five bass in any combination of largemouth, smallmouth or Kentucky spotted bass, each at least 15 inches long. Co-anglers may weigh in up to three bass. The lake straddles the Kentucky-Tennessee state line. For Kentucky fishing license information, call 1-877-KYTAG-01 (877-598-2401) or see https://fw.ky.gov/license/waonlinefront.aspx. For Tennessee fishing license information, see www.tn.gov/twra/licensefees.html or call 1-888-814-8972.
In addition to cash prizes for top finishers, boater and co-angler competitors fishing this tournament and WBS events throughout the season may also win hefty bonuses from such sponsors as Triton Boats, Mercury Outboards, Royal Purple, MotorGuide and T-H Marine. See the manufacturer web sites for specific details on how to qualify for these bonuses.
At the end of the season, the best WBS anglers from across the nation will fish the 2014 Ray Scott Championship, slated for Wheeler Lake in Decatur, Ala., from Nov. 15-18. The champion boater will receive $100,000 and possibly up to $50,000 in Triton Gold Bonus money. The co-angler champion will win $50,000 and possibly up to $25,000 in Triton Gold Bonus money.
As a special Ray Scott Championship bonus, the Boater Division and Co-Angler Division champions will each receive entry fees and sponsorship into the one of two professional bass fishing series of the angler’s choice. The sponsorship includes entry fees into three professional events and sponsorship support. This sponsorship will put the champion within striking distance of one of two professional bass fishing championships.
One of the best bass lakes in the nation, the Kentucky Lake-Lake Barkley system ranks Number 12 on the 2013 Bassmaster magazine list of the top 100 bass waters in the United States, up from Number 16 in 2012. The lake can produce good catches of largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass including many largemouths in the 4- to 7-pound range. In recent years, the lakes produced many largemouths in the 9- to 11-pound range.
Kentucky Lake runs for 184 miles along the Tennessee River. Created in 1944, the largest artificial lake by surface area east of the Mississippi River spreads across 160,309 acres. It offers anglers more than 2,064 shoreline miles, more than twice as long as the California coastline.
Kentucky Lake connects to the 57,900-acre Lake Barkley through a 1.7-mile long navigation canal. Lake Barkley dates to 1964 and runs for about 134 miles along the Cumberland River. Lake Barkley offers anglers another 1,004 shoreline miles. If flattened into a straight line, the combined shoreline from the two lakes and associated waters would stretch almost from Boston to San Francisco.
During a March 16, 2013, tournament on Kentucky Lake, David Young of Mayfield, Ky., won the Boater Division with a five-bass tournament limit weighing 29.42 pounds for a 5.88-pound average. He anchored his bag with a 7.32-pound kicker that took the Boater Division big bass title. Young caught most of his fish on Alabama rig and a jerkbait, but also caught some by flipping a jig at shallow stumps.
In the Co-Angler Division during that tournament, Robby Hand of Clarksville, Tenn., landed a three-fish division limit going 14.12 pounds for a 4.71-pound average. He greatly upped his average with an 8.94-pounder that also won the tournament lunker title. Hand caught most of his fish on lipless crankbaits fished near main lake channel turns associated with chunk rock.
For more information on this tournament, call Kristin Malott, tournament manager, at 256-771-3709 or call ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.