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!
Looking forward to next year’s trail! Our schedule looks like this:
March 28: Logan Martin*
May 2nd: Neely Henry*
June 6: Lake Mitchell*
August 15: Coosa Classic (Lake Jordan* and Coosa River)
September 12: Lay Lake*
Looks like another fun year! More details to follow!
*The entire lengths of all creeks draining to each lake is open to fishing and you can access these waters from any public right-of-way or boat launch.
Best Angler: Lanny Watkins
Best Bass: Allen Wiggins
Best Young Angler: Jack Freeman
Best Family Duo: Jake and Michael Kiser
And a big big congrats and thanks to Josh Tidwell who sponsored AND won the Big Wills Outfitters Angler of the Year! That’s a repeat title, yall!
Lanny Watkins and Corey Galloway were first and second runners up, and Jack was 4th overall for the year and the Best Young Angler of the Year!
Register before midnight tonight to get an early bird discount on the Coosa Classic, the final stage in this year’s tournament trail! Hope to see you there! For more details on the stage, check out the stage page.
Best Angler: Hays Latimer | 53.25″
Best Bass: Joshua Yarbrough | 19.25″
Best Young Angler: Jack | 31″
2nd Overall: Jim Williams | 51.75″
3rd Overall: Will Geisler | 51.25″
4th Overall: Lanny Watkins | 48.75″
5th Overall: Joshua Yarbrough | 48.25″
Josh Tidwell extends his lead in the Big Wills Outfitters Angler of the Year competition with just the Coosa Classic remaining in late October!
See the photos here!
Updated Big Wills Outfitters Angler of the Year Standings!
Register tonight for the Logan Martin Open! Here’s why you should join us:
- One of, if not the, best bass fishing on the Coosa River.
- New venue, Montana Saloon & Grill on Friday night.
- Although the forecast looks bad at first glance, it says thunderstorms should hold off until later in the day when you’ve already filled your stringer.
- Meet some newcomers to our tournament trail.
- See if Corey Galloway gains more ground on reigning champ Josh Tidwell in the Big Wills Outfitters Angler of the Year.
- Support your Coosa Riverkeeper!
The 2014 Neely Henry Open presented by Greater Gadsden Area Tourism is in the books! 28 competitors gathered Friday night at Back Forty Beer Co. in Gadsden for the Captain’s Meeting and to enjoy live music from Bernie Worrell Orchestra and the christening ceremony for Coosa Riverkeeper’s new patrol boat, the Laura Moore II. Saturday morning they were off at 5:15am on the many beautiful creeks that flow into Lake Neely Henry. The threat of thunderstorms held off and it was a long, hot day. Around 4pm, anglers trickled into Blackstone Pub & Eatery for the weigh in and to refresh themselves with food and beverage. While no records were broken this weekend, 3 of the Top 5 finishers were all first timers to our tournament trail! Check out photos from the weekend! Congratulations to our winners!
Best Angler: Corey Galloway | 48.5″
Best Bass: Corey Galloway | 18.5″
Best Fly Fisherman: Aaron Rubel | 15.5″
Best Young Angler: Jack Freeman | 28.75″
Best Family Duo: Jack & Paul Freeman | 62.25″
See the Full Scoreboard!
Josh Tidwell pulled into a substantial lead in the Big Wills Outfitters Angler of the Year contest with his 2nd place finish and has 149″ on the year with 9 fish in the books. Corey Galloway is now in 2nd with 120.75″ on the year. 9 more bass to go in 2 more stages on Logan Martin, Lake Jordan, and Jordan Dam tailwaters.
The Logan Martin Open is next on September 6th! See you there!
The Neely Henry Open presented by Greater Gadsden Area Tourism is next weekend on June 7th! At last year’s Neely Henry Open, 39 anglers participated in one of the largest freshwater kayak fishing tournaments in the southeast! Let’s make it even bigger this time! Anglers can fish on Lake Neely Henry or any creek that drains to the lake, like Terrapin Creek, Big Wills Creek or Big Canoe Creek, among others.
On Friday night, June 6th, competitors will be welcomed to a great evening at Back Forty Beer Co. in downtown Gadsden. There will be BBQ from Soulswine Catering available for purchase (proceeds benefiting Coosa Riverkeeper), craft local beer available for purchase, and the christening ceremony of Coosa Riverkeeper’s new patrol boat, Laura Moore II. Free camping Friday night is available at Big Wills Outfitters just up the road, or you can enjoy one of Gadsden’s many fine hotels.
On Saturday, competitors will begin fishing at first safe light. The weigh-in will be open from 4-5pm at Blackstone Pub & Eatery in downtown Gadsden, with an Awards Ceremony to follow once all entries are scored (approximately 6:30pm).
Don’t miss out on a wonderful weekend fishing FOR the river! Join the fun at www.CoosaKayakFishing.com!
Congratulations to the winners of the Coosa River Whitewater Festival stage, presented by River Bank & Trust!
Best Angler: Joseph Harris | 59.5″
Best Bass: Joseph Harris | 21.75″
Best Young Angler: Jake Kiser | 46.5″
Best Family Duo: Jake & Michael Kiser | 92.5″
2nd Place Overall: Josh Tidwell | 56″
3rd: Corey Galloway | 54.75″
4th: Anthony Craig | 54.25″
5th: Isaac Brinkley | 49″
See photos below: