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?
SAVE THE DATES! 2014 Coosa Canoe & Kayak Fishing Tournament Series features:
March 29th: Lay Lake Open
May 3rd: Coosa River Whitewater Festival
June 7th: Lake Neely Henry Open
September 6th: Logan Martin Open
October 25th & 26th: Coosa Classic
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.
Coosa Classic results:
Results for the entire year, first as sorted by BlackJack Lands Angler of the Year standing and then by last name.
Full Scoreboard – AOY sort
Full Scoreboard – Name sort
Registration for the Coosa Classic on October 26th and 27th is now open. Participation in the 2-day event, which includes dinner and a party with live music Saturday night, costs $80. More details can be found on the stage page. Register now!
Congratulations to our winners!
1st Place: Tim Perkins | 51.5″
2nd Place: Josh Tidwell | 51.25″
3rd Place: Richie Gudzan | 50.5″
YakAttack Best Bass: Jack Freeman | 18.25″
Alabama Outdoors Best Youth: Jack Freeman | 35.75″
Zkano Best Female: Rachael Chambers | 20″
Deep South Outfitters Best Bass on the Fly: Richie Gudzan | 15″
Take a look at the pictures of the winners and their fish!
Current BlackJack Lands Angler of the Year standings:
1. Josh Tidwell | 84″ +
2. Matt Rogers | 78″
3. Austin Blair | 74″ +
4. Greg Alred | 68.25″ -
5. Jason Cole | 63.5″ +
The Lake Logan Martin Open is approaching on June 1st. Early forecasts on the weather look great. Get signed up before the end of the day Thursday!
Take a listen to a recording of an internet radio show about fishing Alabama’s Rivers. Coosa Riverkeeper was this special guest on this week’s episode. Take a listen, our segment starts at 22:45.