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2014-03-22 12:31:13

Division 15 anglers to challenge Lake Barkley

ATHENS, Ala. – The Kentucky Division 15 of the American Bass Anglers Weekend Bass Series will hold its second tournament of the season April 5, 2014, on Lake Barkley near Cadiz, Ky.

The competitors will launch at Barkley State Park, located at 4200 State Park Road in Cadiz. Anglers may begin fishing at safe light. Registration begins at 4 p.m. April 4. To register for this tournament, see www.americanbassanglers.com/proddetail.php?prod=839.

To enter, anglers fishing the Boater Division pay $200 with co-anglers paying $100. In addition, ABA members enjoy these other these other benefits:

- No more dual membership to fish the Weekend Bass Series.
- No more credit card processing fees for tournament entries.
- Liability insurance requirements have been reduced to an acceptable level for weekend anglers.
- Increased payback at divisional events from 20 percent of the field to 25 percent of the field.

Anglers fishing the Boater Division may weigh in up to five bass in any combination of largemouth, smallmouth or Kentucky spotted bass, each at least 15 inches long. Co-anglers may weigh in up to three bass. Anglers competing in this tournament will need a Kentucky fishing license. For Kentucky fishing license information, call 1-877-KYTAG-01 (877-598-2401) or see https://fw.ky.gov/license/waonlinefront.aspx.

In addition to cash prizes for top finishers, boater and co-angler competitors fishing this tournament and WBS events throughout the season may also win hefty bonuses from such sponsors as Triton Boats, Mercury Outboards, Royal Purple, MotorGuide and T-H Marine. See the manufacturer web sites for specific details on how to qualify for these bonuses.

At the end of the season, the best WBS anglers from across the nation will fish the 2014 Ray Scott Championship, slated for Wheeler Lake in Decatur, Ala., from Nov. 15-18. The champion boater will receive $100,000 and possibly up to $50,000 in Triton Gold Bonus money. The co-angler champion will win $50,000 and possibly up to $25,000 in Triton Gold Bonus money.

As a special Ray Scott Championship bonus, the Boater Division and Co-Angler Division champions will each receive entry fees and sponsorship into the one of two professional bass fishing series of the angler’s choice. The sponsorship includes entry fees into three professional events and sponsorship support. This sponsorship will put the champion within striking distance of one of two professional bass fishing championships.

One of the best bass lakes in the nation, the Kentucky Lake-Lake Barkley system ranks Number 12 on the 2013 Bassmaster magazine list of the top 100 bass waters in the United States, up from Number 16 in 2012. The lake can produce good catches of largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass including many largemouths in the 4- to 7-pound range. In recent years, the lakes produced many largemouths in the 9- to 11-pound range.

Dating to 1966, Lake Barkley covers about 57,900 acres on the Cumberland River. About 38 miles upstream from where the Cumberland River flows into the Ohio River, Lake Barkley stretches about 134 miles and spreads through parts of Tennessee and Kentucky. The lake contains more than 1,004 miles of shoreline.

For about 50 of those miles, Lake Barkley runs roughly parallel to the 160,300-acre Kentucky Lake. About two miles above the Barkley Dam and three miles above the Kentucky Dam, Lake Barkley connects to Kentucky Lake through a 1.7-mile long navigation canal. Kentucky Lake runs for 184 miles along the Tennessee River. It offers anglers more than 2,064 shoreline miles, more than twice as long as the California coastline. If flattened into a straight line, the combined shoreline from the two lakes and associated waters would stretch almost from Boston to San Francisco.

During a Feb. 22, 2014, tournament on the Kentucky-Barkley system, Cody M. Sullivan of Dewey, Ill., won the Boater Division with four bass weighing 13.30 pounds. Sullivan caught most of his fish on a shad-colored crankbait. Michael “Todd” T. House of Hawesville, Ky., won the division big bass title with a 4.86-pounder that hit a shad-colored jerkbait.

In the Co-Angler Division during that tournament, Stacy Moody of Finley, Tenn., landed a three-fish division limit going 11.31 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 5.19-pound kicker. Moody caught most of his fish on crankbait or a black and blue jig. Eric B. Justice of Clarksville, Tenn., won the tournament lunker competition with a 9.12-pounder that hit a black and blue jig.

For area information, contact the Cadiz/Trigg County Tourist Commission at 270-522-3892 or see www.gocadiz.com. For more information on this tournament, call Kristin Malott, tournament manager, at 256-771-3709 or call ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.

About American Bass Anglers: American Bass Anglers is committed to providing low cost, close to home tournaments for the weekend angler and at the same time offer each competitor an upward path for individual angler progression. For more information about American Bass Anglers, the Weekend Bass Series, the American Fishing Tour or the American Couples Series, visit www.americanbassanglers.com.

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