We’re almost through rainy April and soon, yes soon, the creeks will no longer be high and muddy. That’s when we’ll hit it hard on May 2nd at the Neely Henry Open presented by Greater Gadsden Area Tourism when you could enjoy some lake fishing or hit up one of many major creeks that are “in bounds” such as Big Canoe, Big Wills, or Terrapin Creeks. Hey there’s four outfitters on those creeks you could arrange a shuttle with and really cover some ground (see map for phone #s)! Friday night’s Captain’s Meeting will be at Back Forty (or pay $10 to skip). Saturday afternoon’s weigh-in will be at Blackstone Pub & Eatery. Included with your registration is a FREE ticket to CukoRakko Music & Arts Festival which is at Horse Pens 40 all weekend. You’ll have to pay a little for parking and camping if you go but you’ll get to see some cool bands and can really maximize your weekend away from home. So what are you waiting for? Get signed up! Also, please travel down to Avondale Brewery in Birmingham on April 29th to catch the Fly Fishing Film Tour ($15), proceeds of which will benefit Coosa Riverkeeper.
The Logan Martin Open presented by Tyler Union is in the books and 37 competitors made the best of a cold, windy day. 10 bass “weighed in” at 18″+. A big congrats to all of our winners and competitors and thanks to all of our sponsors!
Best Angler: Steve Kennedy | 56.75″ <- trail record for venue by 3.5″
Best Bass: Steve Kennedy | 19.5″ <-trail record for venue by 0.25″
Best Young Angler: Jacob Martin | 44″
Best Lady Angler: Hannah Chapman | 8.5″
Best Family Duo: Jacob & Walter Martin | 82.5″
2nd Place Overall: Rick Werner | 53.25″ <- ties previous trail record for venue
3rd Place Overall: David Smith | 52.75″
4th Place Overall: Michael Armstrong | 49.25″
5th Place Overall: Shaye Taylor | 47″
Wednesday March 18th is the last day to get a $10 discount on registration for the Logan Martin Open which will take place on March 28th. Register before midnight Wednesday for $45. Or, until March 27th, purchase a season pass for $225 ($45 per stage). If you purchase a season pass not only is it a great deal, but you’ll have the option of skipping Captain’s Meetings at no extra charge (normally $10/stage) and you won’t have to complete the online registration for each stage.
Have you checked out the tournament map to see the boundaries in which we’ll be fishing? Also make sure you’re brushed up on the rules. There are a few changes from last year. Thanks and look forward to seeing you there!
The 2015 Fly Fishing Film Tour will be at Avondale Brewing Co. April 29th and benefit Coosa Riverkeeper! The event is brought to you by Deep South Outfitters, RMR 4×4 and Revive Fly Fishing. The original and preeminent exhibition of fly fishing cinema, The F3T is a one of a kind experience. Each year fishy folk gather at premieres to soak up films from around the world, spin a few yarns amongst friends and dream about casts still unmade. If you’ve been, you know what we’re talking about. If you haven’t, we hope to see you there!
The event will be the Wednesday before the Neely Henry Open! Why not come to both? $15 tickets for the F3T are available at Deep South Outfitters or online at flyfilmtour.com. Hurry… limited seating and this event will sell out!
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!
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!