The first River Bassin Event of 2015 is in the books! A group of anglers made the trip to the wild waters of Crawfordville Florida in search of the fish that would crown them the Top Dog(s). With over $9,000 in prizes up for grabs this event was slated to be nothing short of exciting! The event was preceded by an optional Captain’s meeting and meet-n-greet where Drew Gregory, who was the Master of Ceremonies for the event, was able to meet with the anglers and talk a little fishing. The official Sunrise of 6:57 AM signified the beginning of the Tournament where anglers could make their first cast on the various wild waters throughout the region. Anglers had the opportunity to fish one of 10 different rivers that are within Crawfordville’s region. These rivers did not disappoint as we had some beautiful fish caught and uploaded to our live scoring system.
Our host for this Super Regional was The Wilderness Way of Crawfordville. The shop is surrounded by some of the most beautiful and scenic fisheries because much of the land is environmentally protected. With almost 40 years of experience in the industry, The Wilderness Way works hard to be a full service dealer by offer kayak rentals, sales, instruction, and even shuttle services.
Andy Thompson Sr., standing on the Orion Cooler, took First Place in the Orion Cooler’s Individual Division with 60.75 inches. In Second Place standing on the yellow Jackson J-Krate we had Courtney Ashburn with 53.50 inches. In Third place with 52.75 inches we had Andy Thompson Jr.
In Jackson Kayak’s Team Division, the Thompson Boys also did well, by capturing First Place with a team total of 113.50 inches. Andy Sr. and Andy Jr. focused their attention on the mouth of a creek where they caught all of their fish by 9:30. After 9:30 the current kicked up and their fish stopped biting. The current was moving so much that their 8 min paddle in to their spot then took them 30 minutes to paddle back out. Their primary lure choices were crankbaits, both the Strike King 6XD and a Bomber Fat Free Shad. They also used a Zoom speed craw to help fill their limits. The team of Lance Coley and Tim Perkins (Team Riverchamps) took 2nd with a total of 102.25 inches. Third place went to the team titled “Team I Like Big Bass and I Cannot Lie” of Allen Justus and Jean Wilson with 91.50 inches.
In addition to capturing 3rd place in the Jackson Kayak Team Division Jean Wilson also received the Lucid Fishing Top Lady Angler title with 50 inches of bass!
Congratulations to Allen Justus who won the Jackson Kayak Coosa HD Prize Drawing where additional entries benefited Paddle4Tomorrow. Allen told River Bassin that he is often the individual that has the raffle ticket is off by one number and was completely blown away. He is the prime example as to why it is a good idea to stick around for the award ceremonies. P4T is a non-profit organization with the goal of exposing others to paddlesports who may not get the opportunity otherwise. For more information on P4T, please visit Paddle4Tomorrow.org.
The Bending Branches Big Fish of the event went to Andy Thompson with for this 22.25 inch Behemoth!
We would also like to give a HUGE shout out to our College Kayak Fishing anglers that made the journey to Crawfordville to fish this event. All College Kayak Fishing anglers receive a discounted entry to any River Bassin Event. For more information regarding a CKF discount for River Bassin Events contact Aaron Stiger (Acstiger@gmail.com )
By the looks of this photo everyone had a good time! We also want to congratulate Jean Wilson who won the Goal Zero First Bass, Andy Thompson who was selected for the RAM Random Bass and Dale Brown who took home the Z-Man Random Bass.
The River Bassin Tournament Trail and all of the anglers would like to thank Robbie and the staff at The Wilderness Way for their hospitality and hosting of this event. Our first event of the Season was most certainly a success! Again we would also like to thank all of those that participated and made the journey. We look forward to seeing you all again at an upcoming River Bassin Event!