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Kicking off the first BASSfest at Chickamauga Lake

Posted by stephen on June 10, 2014

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(Photo: James Overstreet)

Tomorrow, the first ever BASSfest will kick off at Chickamauga Lake in Tennessee.  I’m sure a lot of you are still probably scratching your heads as to what exactly is going on so I’d like to start off by breaking down the format:

  1. BASSfest will consist of both Elite Series and select Opens anglers.
  2. The full field of anglers will compete the first two days and then the field will be cut to the top 50 anglers.
  3. The other anglers that did not make the cut will have a chance to get back in a one day shootout at nearby Lake Nickajack.  The Top 10 from this will be back to Chickamauga to compete.
  4. The field will be cut to 12 for Sunday and the winner will receive the coveted Bassmaster Classic berth.

Ok, now that we know what is going on I’m going to talk a bit about my practice.  Chick has proved to be tough and I’ve only managed a handful of bites each day.  There seem to be fish deep and shallow, but with the TVA not pulling a lot of water that deep bite get’s tough.  The fact that it’s tough doesn’t mean that I don’t think it could be won out there because believe me, the quality of fish on those ledges is definitely the kind you want to catch.

I was lucky enough to get a good boat number tomorrow so, I feel like I can get some a deep spot and hopefully get a few big bites and then just go fishing.  I embrace fishing by the seat of my pants and I think I’m going to have to take that approach here at Chickamauga. There will be a small window to get some bites from those deep fish I think and I’m hoping to hit it right in the morning.

As far as weights, I feel like the winning weight will be somewhere in the 80 lb range and to make the 50 cut after two days you will need 28-29 lbs.  If I can get a few quality bites a day and put together a limit, I should be right around that mark.  Anyways, I’m looking forward to kicking this thing off and seeing how the first BASSfest goes. Make sure to check it out on Bassmaster.com tomorrow through Sunday for coverage throughout the day.