Friday morning my wife, son, and I set out for Parkersburg, WV The local shop, Lapping the Couch Adventures, was slated to host our May 16th River Bassin Tournament Trail event.
This was a different kind of trip for me; my trailer full of Jackson Kayaks remained in my driveway for the duration of the trip. My day job won this one, leaving no time to pack my excessive assortment of fishing gear. It was a very busy weekend for the trail, as we were hosting three events, and I figured it was best I place work above fishing. Aside from Parkersburg, anglers were on the water in Bristol, IN and San Marcos, TX. We had some great help on the ground at both events from some local anglers so our team was very thankful for that!
Anyway, back to Parkersburg, WV… John and Kim who run the show at Lapping the Couch Adventures right along the Ohio River worked very closely with Eric Evans. With their staff, the team put on a fantastic show complete with an informal meet and greet Friday night in the shop, and a get together at a local brewery later in the evening. To top it off, some great prizes were distributed on a sternwheeler ride for all participants following their day on the water.
We arrived in Parkersburg and checked in at the Blennerhasset Hotel, just a short walk from Lapping the Couch Adventures. We then did some last minute work online in preparation for the weekend, and headed to the shop. What a cool spot! This shop is in a very unique open air marketplace that screams character.
I made my way to a corner workspace and got to meet some new anglers as they stopped in between 5 PM – 7 PM, some with few questions and others to just say hello. I could tell everybody was looking forward to the event, and it was the first of its kind in the area. We had a few folks trying a kayak fishing tournament for the very first time as well — that is what the local stops for this trail are all about and a big reason we decided to open up North Bend State Park as a fishable area. Quite a few folks made it to North End Tavern and Brewery after the meet and greet for food and fellowship, and then the next morning it was on!
In total, the 34 anglers taking part logged 46 fish and 40 inches was necessary to crack the top 5.
Dylan Sapp took home the First Place honors with 46.25 inches, earning 100 Series Points.
Miami Valley Hookers traveled South and took home the top spot in the team division.
Matt Ball took home 2nd Place and Big Bass with a 20.5″ behemoth Largemouth and will have his name etched on this awesome piece of limestone from a local quarry.
Young River Basser Carlee Lehman who was fishing with her dad and brother didn’t have the day she hoped for on the water, but off the water things panned out quite well as her name was picked out of the jar and she won a brand new Jackson Coosa! Her dad, Coy, had just purchased two Jackson Kayaks from Lapping the Couch Adventures earlier in the season so I would say his support of this local business worked out very well in the end!
Visiting new places has become one of my favorite things to do, with or without a kayak in tow. Alright, I prefer with kayak but overall this trip was a blast even though I didn’t get to wet a line. My wife and I enjoyed the town of Parkersburg and the folks at the Blennerhasset were so nice and hospitable we decided to stay a second night. I can’t say enough about the team at Lapping the Couch Adventures, they made us feel right at home the whole time and lined up an incredible itinerary for all of the anglers. I hope all of those who were fishing had as much fun as we did and we look forward to seeing you all again next year!