Clarksville, TN – The bass fishers are back in Clarksville! The Tennessee B.A.S.S Nation will be hosting their 2014 State Championship at the Clarksville Marina at Liberty Park on May 15th-16th.
This year’s tournament will see over 120 anglers from all over the state of Tennessee. Teams will begin fishing on May 15th, with weigh-ins taking place at 3:00pm at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center on both Thursday, May 15th and Friday, May 16th.The Tennessee Bass Nation is grass-roots organization of anglers dedicated to the sport of bass fishing. They are affiliated with B.A.S.S. Nation, where, according to their website, the “members are the future of bass fishing.”
According the Jeff Giarrizzo, President of the Tennessee B.A.S.S. Nation, “all the anglers in this event compete from a grass-roots style competitive format. We are members of local clubs around the state of Tennessee. Not all our anglers own boats, there is no need to with our format. Entry fees are reasonable and tournaments to qualify for this event are held on the weekends. This accommodates the everyday working man.”
Tournament competition will launch each morning at the Clarksville Marina and anglers will be open to fish the Cumberland River and south end of Lake Barkley. The event is free and open for the public viewing.
The overall winner of this event will be determined by having the heaviest two-day weight with a limit of five fish per day. Fish include Largemouth, Spotted and Smallmouth bass.
The top 14 anglers from the State Championship will represent Tennessee at the 2015 B.A.S.S. Nation Southern Divisional in South Carolina. At that event, one of the Tennessee anglers will earn a berth to the 2015 B.A.S.S. Nation National Championship. And then ultimately he or she will have a chance at the Nationals to win a berth to the Bassmaster Classic. “That is the Super Bowl event of competitive bass fishing,” said Giarrizzo.
“The Clarksville-Montgomery County Convention and Visitors Bureau is looking forward to welcoming the Tennessee B.A.S.S. Nation during their tournament,” said Theresa Harrington, Executive Director of the CVB. “Fishing events have become very popular in our region due to our accessible Marina, riverfront and through the support of our city and county. The economic impact for this event is estimated to be over $30,000 and that is good news for everyone in our community.”