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″
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:
Only 36 hours remain to register for the Coosa River Whitewater Festival stage presented by River Bank & Trust as part of the 2014 Coosa Canoe & Kayak Fishing Tournament. Despite heavy storms across much of the state earlier in the week, Jordan Dam will be releasing the scheduled flow for Saturday of about 8,000 cfs. Weather forecast calls for a bright, sunny day with air temps rising from the low 50s to the high 70s. We couldn’t ask for more! Fishing will be great, live music and parties both nights will provide fun and camaraderie. So what are you waiting for? Get your friends together! Register at www.coosakayakfishing.com! Registration closes Thursday at midnight!
We are slowly approaching the next stage of the 2014 Coosa Canoe & Kayak Fishing Tournament Trail: the Coosa River Whitewater Festival presented by River Bank & Trust on May 3rd! The stage will take place in the tailwaters of Jordan Dam and will occur on the same date and same waters as the Coosa River Whitewater Festival which is put on by the Coosa River Paddling Club. Registration closes at midnight on May 1st and Early Bird Registration ($45) ends on midnight of April 23rd. Tournament boundaries are greatly extended this year so make sure to check that out.
There will be live music and party on Friday night at the campsite at Coosa Outdoor Center (included), and we’ll also get to see the whitewater paddlers on their Big Air Competition Friday night. Saturday morning, beginning at first safe light, anglers may begin fishing. We encourage everyone to arrive at Moccasin Gap to enjoy an included lunch and watch the whitewater paddlers compete. Weigh in will be open from 4-5pm. Awards will be presented around 7:30pm. Live music and party will follow for those who would also like to camp Saturday night (included).
Who will take home the prize of Best Angler? Come to find out!
The Lay Lake Open, the first stage in the 2014 Coosa Canoe & Kayak Fishing Tournament, is in the books! With heavy rains in the two days preceding fishing, the water was swift and muddy. Heavy winds made sitting in a 70-lb the worst place to be. Many anglers would be skunked in the tough conditions, but in the end those who came out on top did so with great numbers that solidify an early start in the race to become the Big Wills Outfitters Angler of the Year!
Congratulations to our winners!
Best Angler: Bryan Laney | 56.75″
Best Bass: Aaron Hanlin | 24.5″
Best Young Angler: Jake Kiser | 24.25″
Best Female Angler: Rachael Chambers | 16″
Best Family Duo: Jake & Michael Kiser | 36″
2nd Overall: Justin Wynn | 51.5″
3rd Overall: Josh Tidwell | 45.25″
4th Overall: Joseph Harris | 44.75″
5th Overall: Matt Rogers | 39.25″
See the Full Scoreboard!
See pictures from the weekend, including the winning fish in our Facebook photo album!
Check out the video announcement of this year’s tournament trail. This Wednesday is the last chance for Early Bird ($45) registration for the Lay Lake Open on March 29th. We have over 15 competitors already signed up! What are you waiting for?
Congratulations to our winners! See photos from the weekend here.
Blackjack Lands Angler of the Year: Josh Tidwell | 142.25″
Runner Up: Jason Cole | 123.25″
Coosa Classic Winner: Jeremy Meier | 62.75″
2nd Place: Jason Cole | 59.75″
3rd Place: Jake Kiser | 58.25″
YakAttack Best Bass: Luke Justiss | 18.25″
Alabama Outdoors Best Young Angler: Jake Kiser | 58.25″
Zkano Best Female: Rachel Chambers
Big Wills Outfitters Stage Challenge: Paul Freeman
Big Wills Outfitters Challenge Winner: Joe Vella
Tables of results for the stage are below. Click to enlarge.
Results for the entire year, first as sorted by BlackJack Lands Angler of the Year standing and then by last name.